Bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. a former Indians all-star catcher and a fan favorite, will replace Acta for the last six games of 2012.
End for Valentine?
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington alluded that the team will probably be replacing manager Bobby Valentine, according to a report on SI.com.
During an interview on a Boston radio station, Cherington did not directly discuss Valentine's status, but said a search for a new manager would progress more quickly than last year's process.
Valentine said that he had yet to discuss his job and future as Red Sox manager with Cherington or ownership and wasn't conceding the end.
Fister K's nine in a row
Tigers righthander Doug Fister struck out nine Royals in a row Thursday to break the AL record.
The major-league record for consecutive strikeouts is 10, held by Tom Seaver of the Mets, who set it against the Padres in 1970.
Fister struck out the last Royals hitter of the fourth inning, and his streak didn't end until Salvador Perez hit a grounder to short on a 1-2 pitch in the seventh. That brought a groan from a Detroit crowd excited by Fister's run.
Unfortunately, for Fister, the Tigers couldn't hold the lead after he exited the game and he came away without a decision.
The AL record of eight had been accomplished several times, most recently by the Royals' Blake Stein on June 17, 2001.
Done with sour Melk
Disgraced outfielder Melky Cabrera won't be back for any part of this postseason, the Giants announced Thursday.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the NL West champion Giants will move forward into the best-of-five divisional series with the 25 players they have.
Cabrera's suspension takes him through the first five games of the playoffs, so he would have been eligible in the NL Championship Series if San Francisco advanced.
The all-star was suspended Aug. 15 for 50 games for taking testosterone.
Thrill gone at Citi Field
In the final home game of a sorry season, the Mets drew 31,506 fans to Citi Field on Thursday to finish the year with 2,242,803 paying customers. That's down from 3.15 million in 2009, 2.56 million in 2010, and 2.35 million last year.
In fact, this year's home attendance was the lowest since the team drew 2.19 million to Shea Stadium in 2003.
This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.