BALTIMORE -- Given his team's recent struggles, Indians manager Manny Acta felt the time had come to get everyone together and talk things over.
At 4:30 p.m. ET, prior to Thursday night's game against the Orioles, Acta held a closed-door team meeting with his players and coaching staff. Acta said it was less about sending a message and more about reminding the club that every team goes through rough patches.
"It was just basically to talk to the guys," Acta said, "and make sure they know it's a very long season, a roller coaster where you go up and down -- how just a week ago when we left Cleveland we were sitting pretty in first place and then a week later you go through a struggle and you're where you're at.
"It's about staying positive, sticking together and just making sure you do what you're supposed to do and not panic and try to do too much."
Before embarking on the current 10-game swing through Houston, New York and Baltimore, the Indians were coming off a sweep of the National League Central-leading Reds and sat in first place in the American League Central. The Tribe has since gone 1-5 and was swept by the Yankees in New York.
Entering Thursday's action, the Indians were 2 1/2 games behind the first-place White Sox in the division.
"This is something that every team goes through," Acta said. "Our whole division has gone through it already. Some teams did it early in the year. We're going through it right now."