Manny Acta asked shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to become more of a team leader after Orlando Cabrera was traded to the Giants on July 30.

"It's not hard for me," said Cabrera. "I'm just trying to be the same guy."

Acta is looking for a leader to settle a young and untested infield on a contending team. On most nights the Indians start rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis. Depending on the opponent, catcher Carlos Santana or Matt LaPorta will start at first.

Santana, in his first full big-league season, just started playing first base in spring training. LaPorta, who has more experience at first, is in his first full season as well.

Cabrera said his new role is not why he exchanged words with Santana on Thursday night against Detroit in the dugout after Santana failed to catch a high throw from Chisenhall at first base. It led to an unearned run in the Tigers' 4-3 victory over the Indians.

"I just thought he had a chance to catch the ball," said Cabrera. "We had a chance to get within two games [of Detroit] if we win that game."

As for being a security blanket for the infield, Cabrera said, "There's no pressure on me. I'm just trying to help those kids. I just want to make sure they feel comfortable."