PITTSBURGH -- Manny Acta is a fan of Interleague Play. It has just made his job more difficult lately.
The Indians' 4-3 win against the Pirates at PNC Park on Friday night opened a nine-game, 10-day road trip, with all nine games at National League ballparks. For Acta, the stretch will, for the most part, negate Travis Hafner. Normally batting cleanup, the designated hitter is tied with Shin-Soo Choo for the team lead in home runs, with eight, and is fourth with 28 RBIs.
"[I] don't think it's right that a team has to play nine straight days over here in the NL," Acta said. "I think they have to come up with some type of scheduling where no more than six, or maybe if you're going to have nine days of Interleague, to have three, three and three or whatever they have to do, because the DH is such an important part of every American League ballclub. And to have a guy like [Hafner] in our case that is swinging the bat so well pretty much shut down for nine days, it doesn't help the team and it doesn't help the guy itself. So I think scheduling-wise, it's not the best thing."
Acta still enjoys playing NL teams, however.
"You're not going to find me speaking against Interleague, other than not playing nine straight days in the National League and losing one of my middle-of-the-order guys," Acta said. "But I like Interleague for various reasons. You're always going to find reasons not to like it if you don't like it, but I do like it and I think it's been one of the good decisions that the Commissioner has done over the last decade or so."