Carlos Santana, the hardest working man in show business, is making his third start of the season at first base

Sunday for the Indians. Lou Marson, meanwhile, is making just his fifth start as Santana's backup at catcher.

This is the Indians 21st game. Santana has started 20 of them -- 16 at catcher, three at first and one at DH.

Manny Acta likes Santana's bat in the lineup, slumping though he maybe, and it sounds like he has no plans of changing that.

"Cal Ripken played over 2,000 straight games. Miguel Tejada played over 1,000 games in a row," said Acta, when asked if he was planning to rest Santana. "We've already had a couple of days off. We've played only 20 games. He'll get his days off."

Marson entered Sunday's game hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three doubles and four RBI. He came into spring training trying to be more aggressive at the plate.

"He hasn't played enough to see if that has carried into the regular season," said Acta. "We know that Lou is better that what we saw last year. We know that Lou projects to be at sometime an everyday catcher in the big leagues.

"Last year he was one of those guys just getting his feet wet in the big leagues. It's not easy. It will come with time."

Santana, like Marson, was thrown into the deep into the big-league pool last year. He entered Sunday's game in a 8-for-55 slump. On Saturday, Santana said one of the tough things about his start this year is that he's facing a lot of pitchers for the first time.

Acta didn't buy that. He pointed out that Shin-Soo Choo is slumping as well and the Indians right fielder knows all the pitchers in the AL.