Manny Acta will be back in 2013

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The Indians season has turned brutal. They’ve lost nine in a row, are 6-17 since the break and have gone from being in first place as late as June 23 to nine and a half back of the division leading White Sox and have seemingly no hope in sight.

But if anyone is being blamed for this state of affairs, it’s not Manny Acta:

Hard to blame him for what’s happening. It was a roster that performed better than it’s native talent level should have for much of the season and now — especially the pitching staff — is being exposed. There’s no clubhouse strife here. Just a blah team being blah. In that situation, changing the manager doesn’t do a heck of a lot of good

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.