Carlos Santana has always walked a lot, and he's not going to apologize for it.

Santana was tied for second in the American League with 19 walks after Friday's 6-3 victory over Texas. Last year he finished third, with 97 walks. Critics question why Santana can keep batting in the middle of the Indians' lineup when he doesn't hit for a high average. The Indians point to his power and ability to get on base.

"I've always walked a lot every year," said Santana, who entered Saturday night's game hitting .259 (21-for-81). "In the minors, one year, I walked 90 times (2007 at Class AA Akron). Last year I took 97 walks. This year I've got 19.

"I think it's good. When I go to hit, if I don't like the pitch, I'm not going to swing."

A high on-base percentage is one byproduct of Santana's walks. So is a high percentage of called third strikes. Seven of his 21 strikeouts (33 percent) have ended that way.

"There are times when I take a two-strike pitch because it's not a pitch I like and the umpire calls it a strike," said Santana. "But I'm going to stay patient. I'm not going to swing at a bad pitch."