DETROIT -- Shin-Soo Choo is normally a reserved, relaxed player, but he let his emotions come out Friday afternoon after striking out on a check swing called third strike in the eighth inning with a runner in scoring position.
Choo appeared visibly frustrated at third-base umpire Tony Randazzo for calling him out, but he was joking with teammate Michael Brantley about the incident after Friday's game, saying that might have been the first time he reacted in such a visible fashion to an umpire at the Major League level.
Choo has stuck out nine times in 18 at-bats through five games and is hitting .111. He did hit a 400-foot flyout to deep center field in the first inning Saturday. He also walked and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Cleveland manager Manny Acta isn't worried about Choo's slow start, saying Saturday that four games is
"too small a sample" to worry about his outfielder's high strikeout totals. Choo traditionally has been a player who has kept his emotions in check on the field.
"Especially with younger guys, they need to learn that there are things in this game that you can't control," Acta said. "One of those things is that you have to control your emotions. I'm not worried about [Choo] though. He's a veteran."