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Keeping it on a professional level

By Sheldon Published: April 11, 2010

DETROIT: Indians fans shouldn't expect manager Manny Acta to put an show by baiting umpires.

It's unlikely that you'll see him rip up a rule book on the field in defiance of an umpire's ruling, as former Orioles manager Earl Weaver did more than 30 years ago at old Municipal Stadium.

""I'm not a guy who thinks that arguing with umpires wins games,'' Acta said. ""Of course, it's very important to stand up to your players. But behind them doesn't mean yelling and screaming for every guy who is out at first base by a step.''

Whereas he Tribe offense has sputtered and the rotation has been a little erratic, the bullpen has held up its end of the bargain, posting a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings, heading into today's game.

""It's been good so far,'' Acta said. ""We want them to throw more strikes, but they've made pitches when they've had to.''

The starters are 1-3 with a 4.85 ERA with 19 walks in 26 innings.

Mitch Talbot's ordeal Saturday was typical of the way most of the starters have struggled with their command.

""You throw one pitch and it goes pretty much where you want, then you throw the next pitch and it doesn't go anywhere near where you want,'' he said after walking five in five innings. ""You just try to block that out and go after the next guy. At least I had a couple of good innings at the end to build on.''

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