After firing manager Manny Acta, the Cleveland Indians could use a dose of positivity.
The Indians will try to gain that Friday night in their debut under interim boss Sandy Alomar Jr., seeking their first three-game win streak in nearly three months and an improved showing against the Kansas City Royals.
Cleveland (65-91) was 3 1/2 games out of first in the AL Central as recently as July 26, but its playoff hopes quickly evaporated as the team lost 11 in a row and 28 of 33.
That eventually led to Acta's firing on Thursday. Alomar, the Indians bench coach, was tapped to lead the team over the final six games of the season.
"Unfortunately, our results on the field fell short of our expectations," said general manager Chris Antonetti, whose team shares the AL's worst record with Minnesota. "We made this decision with the idea of getting better moving forward."
Just before the end of Acta's tenure, the Indians claimed a pair of wins in Chicago and pushed the White Sox out of first...