Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Smoke signals

• If it looked like there was less defensive shifting during Sandy Alomar Jr.'s first game as Cleveland's manager on Friday, he said it was purely a coincidence. Alomar said third-base coach Steve Smith handles those decisions with the infielders and there was no philosophical change just because Manny Acta is no longer managing.

"That was just yesterday's game," Alomar explained on Saturday. "[Eric] Hosmer was not playing. That's one of the guys we put on the shift for. Steve Smith does a great job with the report. They do a good job with the shifting stuff and the position of the players. I'm not concerned about that. There was nothing special yesterday. The guys did the same thing.

"Steve Smith is in charge of the infielders and [first-base coach] Tom Wiedenbauer is in charge of the outfielders, and I have a great deal of respect for those guys and trust. I've seen through the whole year that I've been watching, I don't think we've been burned many times."

• Alomar has heard from a host of family, friends and former teammates over the past two days since being named interim manager. The messages continued to flood in after he picked up his first managerial win on Friday night.

"I've got so many text messages right now, it's ridiculous," Alomar said with a laugh. "I have a phone with a hard drive. It's telling me to stop. I think it was full. It's hard to fill up a phone with data, but I have many e-mails and many texts from different friends. I'm very appreciative of that."

• Indians center fielder Michael Brantley (left groin) and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (mid-back strain) took batting practice prior to Saturday's game against the Royals. Alomar said both players might be back in the lineup on Sunday, but it is more likely they will get another day of rest with the goal of returning Monday.

• If it looked like there was less defensive shifting during Sandy Alomar Jr.'s first game as Cleveland's manager on Friday, he said it was purely a coincidence. Alomar said third-base coach Steve Smith handles those decisions with the infielders and there was no philosophical change just because Manny Acta is no longer managing.

"That was just yesterday's game," Alomar explained on Saturday. "[Eric] Hosmer was not playing. That's one of the guys we put on the shift for. Steve Smith does a great job with the report. They do a good job with the shifting stuff and the position of the players. I'm not concerned about that. There was nothing special yesterday. The guys did the same thing.

"Steve Smith is in charge of the infielders and [first-base coach] Tom Wiedenbauer is in charge of the outfielders, and I have a great deal of respect for those guys and trust. I've seen through the whole year that I've been watching, I don't think we've been burned many times."

• Alomar has heard from a host of family, friends and former teammates over the past two days since being named interim manager. The messages continued to flood in after he picked up his first managerial win on Friday night.

"I've got so many text messages right now, it's ridiculous," Alomar said with a laugh. "I have a phone with a hard drive. It's telling me to stop. I think it was full. It's hard to fill up a phone with data, but I have many e-mails and many texts from different friends. I'm very appreciative of that."

• Indians center fielder Michael Brantley (left groin) and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (mid-back strain) took batting practice prior to Saturday's game against the Royals. Alomar said both players might be back in the lineup on Sunday, but it is more likely they will get another day of rest with the goal of returning Monday.