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Asdrubal feels Acta not to blame for recent struggles

Asdrubal feels Acta not to blame for recent struggles

Asdrubal feels Acta not to blame for recent struggles
CLEVELAND -- The last thing Asdrubal Cabrera wants is to see manager Manny Acta take the fall for the Indians' struggles this season. The way the shortstop sees it, Acta is not to blame for the team's tumble down the standings.

"Everybody worries about that," Cabrera said on Thursday morning. "We don't want anybody losing a job here. This is our team and we've got to be together. We've got to pull everything together and try to get everybody happy in here."

Entering Thursday's matinee against the A's, the Indians were just 5-26 over their past 31 games, sliding from 3 1/2 to 17 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central in the process. Cleveland headed into Thursday's game just two games above the Twins for the AL's worst record.

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Cabrera feels managers are too often blamed for such results.

"It's not the manager's fault," Cabrera said. "He doesn't hit, he doesn't pitch, he doesn't throw and he doesn't play defense. We're bad right now. Everything is bad right now -- defense, hitting, pitchers. It's not [Acta's] fault. He does his job."

Indians CEO Paul Dolan indicated earlier this month that the jobs of Acta and general manager Chris Antonetti were safe for now, but he noted that the organization will evaluate what has gone wrong, and look for solutions, after the season.

Cabrera thought Acta did a good job of coming to his defense in the first inning of Wednesday's 8-4 loss to Oakland. Cabrera was ejected from the contest by home-plate umpire Gary Darling for angrily arguing a called third strike, but Acta got between both men before things got out of hand.

"I lost my mind in that moment," Cabrera said. "That's really hard, but there's nothing you can do. It happens. It was really good for Manny to be there and take me out."

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