06/05/10 6:34 PM ET
Fifth overall pick excites rebuilding Tribe
By Louie Horvath / MLB.com
Manager Manny Acta is excited about the chance to bring some new talent into the organization.
"It's very important," Acta said. "It's huge. Look at what's happening [with] Tampa Bay right now. That didn't happen from one day to the next. It was the accumulation of a lot of good Drafts and almost 10 years they were finishing in the bottom, making good decisions and developing those players.
"It's very important, because, especially in our case, we can't just go out and buy two or three players in this free agent market."
The Indians have three selections in the top 100 of this year's Draft.
Tribe dominates season series with Sox
CHICAGO -- The Indians did not just win Friday's contest against the White Sox, they shattered their previous season-high margin of victory, winning 10-1.
This is not the first time the Indians have beaten the White Sox. The win improved the Indians record against the White Sox to 7-3 on the year, which is by far the most wins the Tribe has amassed against a single opponent.
Indians manager Manny Acta discounted the theory that the Tribe is just better against the White Sox.
"It's pure coincidence. I think that's all you can say," Acta said. "These guys have probably the best pitching staff in our division. With their five starters and their bullpen, we just happened to win those games against them. There's nothing special about it. We've gotten some big hits against them."
Against the White Sox, the Indians entered Saturday batting .265 this year, which is some 26 points higher than their average (.239) against all other opponents.
The pitchers sported a 3.46 ERA against the South Siders, while they had a 5.18 ERA against every other team.
Choo swinging bat well despite mini slump
CHICAGO -- Shin-Soo Choo appears to be coming out of the miniature slump that he had been in for the last eight games.
Choo went 4-for-34 with two RBIs over that span.
Just don't tell Indians skipper Manny Acta that he was in a slump.
"What slump?" Acta said. "He just didn't get hits. He hit the ball right on the nose every time. That was like the best slump I've ever seen. That was best slump I've seen in my life. That guy was lining bullets at least twice a day. So our job was to keep him aware of that so he didn't change anything, because he was swinging the bat well, it just wasn't happening."
In the last two games, Choo is 3-for-10 with two RBIs and a walk.
Donald no sure thing atop Tribe lineup
CHICAGO -- On Friday, Jason Donald made his first start in the leadoff spot for the Indians.
He went 0-for-6, but it still raised the possibility that Donald might one day be a fixture at the top of the Tribe lineup.
For Saturday's tilt, Donald found himself back in the familiar nine-spot, and Manny Acta did his part to slow any speculation that he could one day be at the top of the lineup every day.
"Not enough games to determine that," Acta said. "Donald is here because [Asdrubal] Cabrera got hurt. He would be in [Triple-A] Columbus if that wasn't the case. We're in the process of evaluating him. I'm not going to go out on a limb right now.
"We don't know if this guy is going to be a Major League player. We're still evaluating that."
In 60 at-bats, Donald batted .250, but with an above-average .433 slugging percentage batting primarily eighth or ninth.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.