The Indians did a mini-sweep of the Royals, winning last night’s game 7-3 behind home runs by Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera and a key double by Travis Hafner. On top of Monday night’s 19-1 spanking, the loss puts the Royals 7 games behind the first place Indians (and 2 behind the second place Tigers).
I’m excited to see how the Indians do against the White Sox tonight and tomorrow. They got the best of us in the first two games of the season, then came the momentum-changing (some would say season-changing) triple play in the fourth inning of the third game. The Tribe won its first game of the season and hasn’t looked back. Masterson started that game, and he’s starting tonight. Here’s hoping he brings in another win. The White Sox just split a two-game series with the Rangers, and took two of three from the Athletics before that, so they have a little momentum going. It should be a good series.
And in the It’s-Nice-To-See-More-Believers category, Ron Washington has invited Tribe manager Manny Acta to serve as one of the American League coaches during the 82nd All-Star Game, which will be played July 12th at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. It’s great to see Acta acknowledged for what he’s done with the team. I was as skeptical as anyone when he was hired with a 158-252 record (.385) in 2.5 years managing the Nationals. Then I went to a meet-and-greet with him and was impressed with his energy and intellect. I liked him in spite of myself. He’s a smart guy, he clearly wanted to manage the Indians, and did his homework in learning everything about the organization. And that that work is evident this season. Congratulations to Mr. Acta.