Peralta gets backing despite errors

Peralta gets backing despite errors

CLEVELAND -- Two errors by third baseman Jhonny Peralta have cost the Indians a total of five runs and, you could argue, two games in the early going of the 2010 season.

So, yeah, you could say the first full season of the Peralta-at-third arrangement is not going so well.

But Peralta doesn't blame the move from shortstop to third base -- and the longer throw to first that the move entails -- for the two costly throwing errors he's made thus far.

"I don't want to make any excuses," he said. "I don't try to make that the reason why I've made errors."

Peralta moved to third base last May. The knock on him as a shortstop was his limited range, and the bulk of the errors he committed at his old position were of the fielding variety. His arm was considered strong and accurate.

But Peralta's inaccuracy at third cost the Indians three runs in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers last Friday and two runs in the 6-2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Peralta was out of Thursday's lineup because of the quick turnaround with the 12:05 ET first pitch, but manager Manny Acta has expressed confidence in Peralta's defense and said he stands by him.

"He told me he has confidence in me," Peralta said of Acta. "Right now, two errors have cost us the game, but we have lots of games to go."