Indians general manager Chris Antonetti expressed support for manager Manny Acta and his coaching staff following the least successful trip in the franchise's 112-year history.
Cleveland went 0-9 at Minnesota, Kansas City and Detroit, ending the trip with a 10-8 loss to the Tigers on Sunday when All-Star closer Chris Perez gave up five runs with two outs in the 10th inning.
Cleveland trailed Chicago by 3 1/2 games when the trip began and went into Monday 9 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading White Sox.
Antonetti spoke to reporters prior to Monday night's game against the Twins. Asked if Acta, who is signed through 2013, would return next season, he said, ''I have no reason to think otherwise. I'm very happy with the job Manny's done. Obviously, this has been a very tough road trip, but he's continued to provide very good leadership. I certainly think he's part of the solution, not part of our issues.''
Antonetti isn't contemplating any changes in the coaching staff.