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Acta pleased with Kluber's progress

By Stephanie Storm Published: September 20, 2012

Indians rookie right-hander Corey Kluber didn't figure into the Tribe's 4-3 extra-inning victory over the visiting Twins Thursday afternoon.

At least not in the decision sense, that is.

After limiting Minnesota to three runs on five hits over six innings, Kuber earned a no decision. But the outing in which he match a career-high innings, impressed manager Manny Acta none the less.

After struggling to eastablish his fastball during his first few outings after being called up from Triple-A Columbus about mid-way through the season, Kluber (who entered the game with a 1-4 record and 5.48 ERA) is finiding a solid mix that's has helped him be more succesful.  

"If you look at his numbers and his pitch distribution, he throws a lot of cutters because he has better command of it instead of that good fastball that he was still throwing 94 (mph)," Acta said. "(But) it’s gonna come.

"He has improved from last year. If he can control that cutter and be able to use that fastball along with that slurve and changeup. He’s got the stuff. It’s all about consistency with the command and keeping the ball down in the zone.”

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