Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/8/12
This was one of Manny Acta's bolder commitments in his three years as manager of the Indians. The Indians were scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox Monday, and Acta decided he was going to play the doubleheader without using his two top relievers. Closer Chris Perez and setup man Vinnie Pestano had both been used heavily in a weekend series with Texas. Acta felt it was important to give both relievers a day off Monday, even if the Indians were playing two games. It got a little hairy in both games, but Acta's gamble paid off. He did not use Perez or Pestano, and the Indians still managed to sweep the doubleheader, winning the first game 8-6 and the nightcap 3-2. There were saves in both games, but neither went to Perez, who leads the majors with 11. Nick Hagadone got the save in the first game and Tony Sipp got it in the second game. It was Hagadone's first career save and Sipp's second career save. Acta admitted that it's not easy going into a doubleheader and sticking to your plan of giving your two most important relievers a day off. "It's hard," he said. "It's so tempting (to use your best relievers) because you know that every game is important. But we've got to pick our battles. Those guys (Perez and Pestano) have thrown a lot." The bullpen has been the Indians' strength the last two years. Acta knows that if they are going to be contenders in 2012, they will have to rely again on a bullpen that has plenty of depth, one star (Perez) and one emerging star (Pestano). Acta's actions Monday showed that he is prepared to go to extremes to make sure he doesn't overwork his two key relievers. He rolled the dice in a big way in the doubleheader, and won his gamble as the Indians won both games. NOTES, QUOTESMcAllister earns first victory in majors --RHP Zach McAllister pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs to pick up his first major league win, 8-6 over the White Sox in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. "He was outstanding. He gave us exactly what we needed," said manager Manny Acta. --LHP Nick Hagadone picked up his first major league save in the Indians' 8-6 win over Chicago in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. Manager Manny Acta did not want to use closer RHP Chris Perez in the doubleheader, because Perez had pitched a lot in the last few days and needed a day off. Hagadone picked up the slack. "It's great knowing Manny has the confidence in me to put me in a situation like that," Hagadone said. --RHP Chris Perez, who was given a day off Monday, had saves in 11 of the Indians' first 15 victories. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches the Indians' record for fewest wins into a season that a reliever had reached 11 saves. Doug Jones did it in 1990. --OF Shin-Shoo Choo missed six games (April 24-May 1) with a strained left hamstring. Choo was hitting .237 at the time of his injury. In six games since his return he is hitting .174 (4-23) with 1 home run and 2 RBI. --DH Travis Hafner's home run in the first game of Monday's doubleheader was the 192nd of his career with the Indians. That ties him with Al Rosen for eighth place on the Indians' all-time list. No.7 on that list is Andre Thornton with 214. Hafner also tripled in the game, his first triple since May 29, 2007 at Fenway Park. Hafner went 1,711 at bats between triples. "That was fun to see," said manager Manny Acta. "The whole dugout was screaming." BY THE NUMBERS: 79 -- Number of times DH Travis Hafner has been hit by a pitch as a member of the Indians. That ties him with Napoleon Lajoie for the most in club history. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was thinking double and was forced into a triple." -- DH Travis Hafner, whose drive off the center field wall at Progressive Field in the first game of Monday's doubleheader resulted in his first triple in five years and 1,711 at bats. ROSTER REPORTMEDICAL WATCH: --LHP Rafael Perez (strained left lat muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 26. --OF Grady Sizemore (back surgery in March 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list April 4. He was cleared to begin baseball activities in late April, and he might be able to return as soon as he is eligible. --RHP Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John surgery in September 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 26. He might miss the entire season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hall of Fame coach: Stephen Curry is the best of all time

Reggie Bush on NFL future: ‘I’m not retiring’

Derek Fisher blasts Rondo over triangle offense criticism

Report: Marshawn Lynch hasn't spent any playing money

Ex-King says he could do 'much better job' than George Karl

Trainer thought Thomas Davis would not play in Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Todd Gurley named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Durant, Westbrook on loss to Warriors: We're not scared

Report: Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

Report: Manning hinted to teammates he plans to retire

Barry Sanders shares thoughts on Megatron retirement talk

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Cam Newton doesn't disappoint with Super Bowl outfit

Stephen Curry to serve as guest drummer for Panthers

Charlie Sheen tweets advice for Johnny Manziel

Cardale Jones predicts he will play in Super Bowl

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Marcin Gortat fires back at critic on Twitter

WATCH: Kerr told Warriors he was happy to have close game

Broncos could have tough decision with franchise tag

WATCH: Steph Curry does 'Dab' on court on eve of Super Bowl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker