05/30/10 1:27 PM ET
Lewis up, Laffey down for Tribe
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
Acta: Celebration evolution took wrong turn
NEW YORK -- A pitcher getting hit in the head by a line drive is a freak accident. A player fracturing his leg during a home-plate celebration after a game-winning grand slam is quite a bit more preventable.Indians manager Manny Acta saw what happened to the Angels' Kendry Morales, who broke his lower left leg when he slipped when he jumped on home plate in celebration of his game-winning granny against the Mariners on Saturday. The incident has people around baseball talking about whether home-plate celebrations have gone a little too far and gotten a little too dangerous, and Acta had his thoughts, as well. "I've seen that evolve over the years," Acta said. "It started with a guy going around the bases after the home run [like normal]. Then it went to guys not taking their helmet off because they didn't want to get pounded [on the head by their teammates]. Now, it's the point where a guy flips his helmet who knows where when he's rounding third. I think guys will educate themselves [and make changes]." To Acta, it's a simple matter of teammates giving a guy more room around the plate to cross without incident. "I don't think we, as managers, can say they have to sit in the dugout and wait for the guy to round the bases before they can celebrate, because it's an emotional thing," Acta said. "But the way it's evolved has headed in the wrong direction."
When they scored 13 runs Saturday, the Indians became the last team in baseball to eclipse the double-digit run barrier in a single game this season. ... According to STATS LLC, the six-run deficit the Indians overcame Saturday was their largest deficit overcome in New York since June 9, 1956. On that day, they trailed, 6-0, against Don Larsen before coming back to win, 15-8. ... According to Elias, before losing to the Indians on Saturday, the Yankees had won the past 291 home games in which they held a lead of six or more runs. The last such loss was a 10-9 collapse against the Brewers on May 22, 1992. ... In his second game back from the disabled list (right shoulder soreness), third-base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in Double-A Akron's 11-10 win at Binghamton on Saturday.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.