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Fans atwitter for Acta's posts

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta scrolled through the stream of replies and messages he gets daily on his Twitter account.

Acta likes using Twitter. He posts pictures of his traditional victory cigar. In the morning, he tweets his “songs of the day” picks – one each in English and Spanish.

Scrolling through the responses on his Twitter page, one got Acta’s attention.

“Move Santana down or you will not last long in Cleveland. We have no problem with firing coaches every 2 years. Any sport.”

Remember, despite having catcher Carlos Santana as his unconventional cleanup hitter, Acta has the surprising Indians at 19-8 and on an eight-game winning streak.

He ignored that rude person, but he does interact with people on Twitter, such as the woman who asked him to sign a hat for her father, and the man from the Dominican Republic who wondered, in Spanish, why left fielder Michael Brantley had gotten a day off (Acta replied in Spanish that he wanted to get reserve Austin Kearns into the lineup).

“This is the future,” Acta, 42, said of his Twitter connection with fans. “Especially the young people – that’s how you connect with them these days. Even though I was reluctant at first, I can say I enjoy it a little bit.

“I try to keep it fun, keep it away from the game as much as I can. I try to give our fans some info. And they appreciate that. They feel more connected to us, and that’s important.”

It’s especially important in Cleveland, where last year’s total attendance of 1.39 million was the lowest in the 17-year history of Progressive Field.

“We’re trying to connect to our fan base,” said Indians president Mark Shapiro, who also tweets regularly. “And Manny’s sincerity and authenticity, and his positive outlook, come through when you read his tweets. It’s part of the strategy.”

SHEEN DONATES TO FAN

Actor Charlie Sheen said he will donate $20,000 in profits and donations from a San Francisco show to Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium after the season opener.

The donation consists of $9,000 in merchandise profits from Saturday’s show and $4,000 in audience donations. Sheen matched the audience donations and added $3,000 more.

SHORT HOPS

Cardinals third baseman David Freese will have surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to miss nine to 12 weeks. ... Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia has a torn elbow ligament and has been told he needs surgery. ... Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano did not play against Detroit because of a bone bruise on his left hand. ... Texas Rangers minor league pitcher Andrew Doyle, a fourth-round pick in 2009, has been suspended 50 games for a second drug violation. ... The Indians traded Triple-A infielder Jordan Brown, a fourh-round pick in 2005, to Milwaukee for cash considerations.

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