PHOENIX -- He's just doing his job.
That's the way Indians starter Josh Tomlin looks at it, after becoming only the second pitcher since 1920 on Tuesday night to throw at least five innings in each of his first 28 appearances in the big leagues.
"That's what I'm paid to do," he said. "To go as deep as I can in the game. So for me, however many starts in a row it is, I've done my job."
Tomlin joined injured Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007) in accomplishing the feat.
And doing his job is just fine for Indians manager Manny Acta.
"I know what I'm getting from him every five days," Acta said. "It's a beauty, throwing those first-pitch strikes. He's like a little cowboy out there, throwing at 88 mph and mixing it up. ... It's good to see that in the game."
Acta compared him to former Minor League teammate Donne Wall, who pitched eight seasons in the big leagues.
"Those are the guys that have to continue to beat the odds," Acta said.