CLEVELAND (AP) — Sandy Alomar Jr. got his first real taste of what it's been like to manage the Cleveland Indians this season.
Blanked on one hit by rookie Hector Santiago for seven innings, the Indians lost 11-0 on Monday night to the Chicago White Sox, who briefly kept their slim playoff chances alive before finally being eliminated when Detroit beat Kansas City 6-3 and the Tigers clinched their second straight AL Central title.
Alomar dropped to 2-2 as Cleveland's interim manager. He'll have his formal interview with the club later this week, when he hopes to land the job permanently.
"When that day comes, I'll be fine," Alomar said before Monday's game. "I've done interviews before. It's not like it's the first one where you really get anxious. I feel good about myself. I feel good about how I've handled interviews in the past. I feel confident. I'm not the one who will make the choice, but I feel confident."
Alomar is scheduled to interview Thursday and former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been tentatively scheduled to meet with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti on Friday.
Alomar has had previous interviews with Toronto, Boston and the Cubs. But there's one job he would like more than any other — with the Indians, the team he helped lead to two World Series appearances.
"It'd be great. It'd be awesome," said Alomar, who took over when Manny Acta was fired last week with six games left. "I played here many years. I'm very proud of this organization. They have treated me great. They brought me back. If it's the time, it's their choice. If it's the time, it's time. if not, there will be some other time."
The Indians were shut out for the 11th time. They couldn't do anything against Santiago (4-1), who struck out 10 and did not allow a runner to reach second base.
"That guy was nasty," Alomar said. "He had a great screwball and we didn't put great at-bats together against him."
With just their third win in 13 games, the second-place White Sox left the field with some hope, but not much. About an hour after the game, Chicago, which stumbled down the stretch after being in first place for 63 straight days, saw its chances vanish when the Tigers won in Kansas City.
"It's always frustrating, but I told everyone we should walk out of here with our heads held high," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Nobody thought we would do anything this year, but to be in it until October 1st and have a chance, we did everything we could. We don't have to look back and say we could have done this or we could have done that because at the end of the day, we gave everything we could and did everything we could possibly do.
"We were in the position we wanted to be in and it just didn't work out."
The White Sox scored four runs in the sixth off Corey Kluber (2-5), and added six in the ninth — four on Dayan Viciedo's first career grand slam to make it 11-0.