Tribe living up to 'two-out rally' motto

Tribe living up to 'two-out rally' motto

Tribe living up to 'two-out rally' motto
OAKLAND -- It started off as a kind of team motto last season, showing up in the form of black shirts for the Indians players to wear with a short message displayed in red lettering.

Two-out Rally.

This season, Cleveland has put the slogan into practice in the form of on-field results. Heading into Sunday's game against the A's, the Tribe was the best team in the big leagues at creating runs with two outs, helping the club win seven of its past eight road games.

"It's quality at-bats. That's it," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "That's what we concentrate on regardless of how many outs there are. Hey, when you have traffic, good things will happen."

Entering Sunday, the Tribe has scored a Major League-best 37 runs in two-out scenarios. Through the first 13 games this season, the Indians have scored 51 percent of their runs with two outs. That includes 27 of the 53 runs scored through eight games of the current nine-game road trip.

Last season, Cleveland ranked seventh in the American League and 12th in baseball with 265 runs with two outs. The Indians scored 37.6 percent of their 704 runs on the year with two outs in 2011.

Acta believes the improvement is simply due to having more seasoned players.

"I think a team can get better at that with experience," Acta said. "You have to understand that we are in our third year of the so-called rebuilding and winning process here. Obviously, these guys have gotten better. They were very young two years ago. Last year it helped them believe that, hey, if there are two outs it doesn't matter. You put up a quality at-bat and things can happen."