CLEVELAND -- A funny thing happened when rookie Alex White put on his Indians uniform and began warming up in the outfield on Saturday. He no longer felt nervous about his Major League debut.
"I was more nervous at breakfast yesterday morning," White said with a smile on Sunday.
For the record, the 22-year-old White had his eggs scrambled with a side of bacon at the 1890 Restaurant and Lounge. Then, on Saturday night, White served six solid innings to the Tigers in his first taste of the big leagues. White struck out four and allowed two runs on six hits.
Along the way, he experienced zero jitters.
"Once I started throwing," White said, "I really felt comfortable and felt like this is what I'm supposed to be doing."
White, the 15th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus for the start, and he is slated to make at least one more for the Indians. For his first outing, he had his parents, brother and a host of friends in the stands at Progressive Field.
Among those on hand to watch White, a former standout at the University of North Carolina, were UNC head baseball coach Mike Fox and a few other members of the Tarheels' staff.
"It was one of those experiences that I was looking forward to for a long time," White said. "It was everything I expected it to be. It was a lot of fun. It makes it even better when you have such a great team that you're playing with."
Cabrera likes Tribe's plucky approach
CLEVELAND -- Orlando Cabrera opined earlier this season that he wanted to see the Indians show some fight late in games. On Saturday night, Cabrera got what he asked for, and more.
Cabrera came through with a clutch single to deep center field with the bases loaded, driving in the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in 13 innings. When he reached first base, the 36-year-old was mobbed by his teammates in an on-field celebration.
He emerged from the pile with some pain.
"I got hit right in the mouth," Cabrera said with a laugh on Sunday. "The guys were trying to beat up the old man."
Kidding aside, the past two wins for the Indians came in walk-off fashion. On Friday night, Carlos Santana played the role of hero with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning. One evening later, Cabrera came through for the Tribe.
Cabrera believes experiencing such wins is important for a young team like Cleveland.
"It's good," Cabrera said. "If you do it often enough, you get that sense of fighting back, like, 'Hey, we've been down this road before. We can do it.' If we give up three or four runs, that doesn't mean we're going to lose the game.
"We just go back, sit down, see what happened, and then start attacking and chipping away, and start pitching better. That's something that we do. We adjust really fast."
And they celebrate hard.
"It still hurts," said Cabrera, rubbing his lip. "I saw the mob and was, like, 'Oh, no.' I was trying to take my helmet off. It was too late. Too late. It wasn't a leg. It was a fist. It definitely was a fist."
Talbot sees no need to rush return
CLEVELAND -- Mitch Talbot hopes to get over his right elbow injury and rejoin the Indians' rotation as soon as possible, but he also does not want to disrupt the group's strong performance to this point.
Talbot plans on making sure he is ready to handle a full workload before taking the mound again for the Tribe.
"With the way we're playing here," Talbot said, "you don't want to have a guy come back and go four innings and destroy the bullpen. And I don't want to do that to the team. Yeah, I'd love to pitch here, but I want things to go well for everybody."
Talbot, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain, threw 32 pitches -- all fastballs and changeups -- off a mound in a bullpen session on Saturday. He said on Sunday that he will travel with the team to Oakland for the upcoming road series, which begins on Tuesday.
Talbot said the current plan calls for him to throw a second bullpen session on Tuesday, adding his other pitches. If all goes well, the right-hander would then head to the team's site in Goodyear, Ariz., for a rehab outing on Friday at extended Spring Training.
Talbot, who is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts this season for the Tribe, last pitched for Cleveland on April 11 in Anaheim. The Indians would likely ask Talbot to log at least two Minor League rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.
"With that much time off," Talbot said. "I don't think one would be enough."
Acta proud of Tribe's memorable April
CLEVELAND -- The calendar has changed to May, but the Indians plan on savoring their success in April for a long time. That is because, prior to last month, no team in Cleveland history had won like this group did over the previous four weeks.
The Indians finished the month with an 18-8 record, setting a franchise record for wins in the month of April.
"To me, you remember the teams of the '90s and all the success here," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "And in 111 years, this is the first time this club wins 17, now 18, games in April. To me, it's pretty amazing.
"I told my coaching staff [on Friday] night, 'No one can take that from us as a team.' It's amazing if you look back at the great ballclubs that have been in Cleveland for 100 years. It's historic.
"We're always going to cherish that. The season's not over, but what a month."
On Sunday, the Indians kept designated hitter Travis Hafner (right foot) out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game. Hafner is scheduled to have his injured foot reexamined on Monday. At that time, Cleveland will likely determine whether he needs to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco (right elbow), who is currently on the 15-day DL, is slated to throw off a mound in a bullpen session on Monday. ... Entering Sunday, the Indians had won 12 games in a row at home, marking the longest such streak since the Tribe enjoyed a 13-game home winning streak in 1996. ... Entering Sunday, Shin-Soo Choo led the Indians with seven RBIs that either tied the game or gave the Tribe a lead. Orlando Cabrera ranked second with six such RBIs.