Carlos Santana is not the hottest hitter on the planet, but he no longer is as cold as Jupiter, either. The Indians' catcher has not gone 0-for-4 since June 26. During that 13-game span, he is batting .261 with four home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI and 10 walks.

Even when Santana was in the deepest part of his slump, he was an on-base machine. Going into Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles, he had an on-base percentage of .393 in his past 13 games.

"I will continue to say that Carlos is the most productive .230 hitter in the big leagues," Indians manager Manny Acta said Friday.

Acta has been one of Santana's biggest boosters, probably for good reason. Though Santana is a long way from being a polished offensive player, he might be the best hitting prospect the Tribe has brought to the big leagues since Manny Ramirez in the early 1990s. But like almost all novices, Santana has flaws that have cost him at the plate. When he made his major-league debut last year, Acta and the coaches watched him for a while before making judgments and asking him to alter his swing, his grip on the bat or his stance at the plate.