DETROIT -- After six Cleveland relievers combined to pitch six innings Thursday -- allowing just two hits and two earned runs -- everyone was available for duty on Friday.
At times the temperature dipped below the freezing mark Thursday night on Chicago's South Side, which could make it harder for pitchers to bounce back quickly. Rafael Perez (27 pitches) and Jensen Lewis (23) had the heaviest workload of the Tribe's bullpen corps.
However, pitching in cold weather and on back-to-back nights is part of the drill, according to manager Manny Acta.
"[All of our relievers] are available every day here," Acta said.
The Indians' bullpen allowed three earned runs and four hits in 13 combined innings in the series with the White Sox. Acta was generally pleased with his squad's relief pitching, but still would like to see his relievers cut down on the walks -- seven total in 13 innings.
"Those walks will get us in trouble," Acta said. "We could also do a better job pounding the strike zone."