ZEBULON, N.C. -- Two days before Opening Day against the Blue Jays, Indians manager Manny Acta wasn't bothered by the Tribe's Cactus League Spring Training record of 7-22.
"With Spring Training, the main thing is to get some work in," he said. "You win Spring Training games when the free agents you bring in or the Minor League kids you bring in play well, because your starters are out of the game after the fifth inning. We had some competition in the outfield, and guys didn't play up to their capabilities. The record is irrelevant to us. We just wanted to stay healthy. If you look at the record, that should erase Tampa Bay from the competition, too. They had as bad a Spring Training as we did.
"We are happy that we left Spring Training healthy. Our main guys got their work in and played well, and we're ready to go."
Travis Hafner said the regular season is a "different ballgame."
"Spring Training is about what you are working on on an individual basis and making sure everyone is ready to go," he said. "Once the regular season starts, it's a different ballgame, and hopefully we'll get off to a great start."
The Indians have nice memories of their hot start last season, it's their late-season collapse they would like to forget. Acta is hoping his players have learned from 2011.
"It was important that the team learn last year that you have to stay even-keel because it's a very long season," Acta said. "The main thing is you have to stay humble, because that's what this game does to you if you're not humble. These guys understand there are some things you can't control. You can't change the way the Tigers played -- they had an unbelievable second half of the season. The main thing for us is to be consistent throughout the season."