Manny Acta is either channeling Yogi Berra, or else he's really bad at fractions

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Indians manager Manny Acta is not pleased that his pitchers can’t get out of an inning:

“We’ve stressed finishing innings a lot to these kids,” said manager
Manny Acta. “But sometimes when they get two out, they tend to lose
focus and concentration.

When you have two out, you’re three-fourths of the way there. You need to zero in, make a pitch and get out of there.”

It’s OK, Manny. Leave the math to those nerds like Bob Geren and that pencilneck in Houston or wherever he is.  You’re still, by far, the most stylin’ manager in the majors.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.