CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 4: Michael Brantley #23 celebrates with Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians and Casey Kotchman #35 of the Cleveland Indians after all scored on a three run home run hit by Brantley during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on July 4, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Indians Vs. Angels: Cleveland Bats Stay Hot In 12-3 Win

The Indians scored nine runs in the first two innings and cruised to an easy victory.

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Indians Vs. Angels: Cleveland Bats Stay Hot In 12-3 Win

The Cleveland Indians supplied some early fireworks on the Fourth of July with a 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cleveland scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back.

The scoring got started in the first with a three-run home run from Michael Brantley. The Indians then scored six runs in the second inning, capped off by a three-run home run by Casey Kotchman.

Angels starter Ervin Santana failed to make it out of the second inning, giving up eight runs over one-and-one-third innings pitched.

Picking up the win for the Indians was Derek Lowe, who improved to 8-6. He gave up 11 hits three runs over six innings before giving way to the bullpen.

After taking two of three games from the Angels, the Indians will host the Tampa Bay Rays for a four-game series before they hit the All-Star break.

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Angels, visit Halos Haven. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Travis Hafner Injury: Indians DH Activated, Will Play Against Angels

As many expected, the Cleveland Indians activated designated hitter Travis Hafner on Wednesday afternoon. Pronk has been on the shelf since the end of May after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Jordan Bastian reports that the corresponding move with Hafner's activation was putting Shelley Duncan on paternity leave, so the Indians will have another decision to make this week.

Manny Acta put Hafner right back in the heat of order, hitting cleanup as the DH. The complete Indians lineup for Game 3 of the Angels' series:

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Angels, visit Halos Haven. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Angels: Cleveland Holds Off Los Angeles Through Delays For 9-5 Win

The Cleveland Indians weathered a pair of rain delays before hanging on to earn a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels to even the three-game series between the teams at Progressive Field.

The Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings as left fielder Shelley Duncan accounted for two of those runs with a sacrifice fly in the second inning and a home run in fourth. Second baseman Jason Kipnis and third baseman Jack Hannahan added run-scoring hits of their own to help the Indians build an early lead and chase Los Angeles starter Danny Haren from the game in the fifth inning.

The Angels rallied to take the lead in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a Cleveland error to extend the inning and take a 5-4 lead. With one out in the fifth, Hannahan made an errant throw to first allowing John Hester to beat the play at first and score a run. Center fielder Mike Trout came up next and knocked a three-run homer to tie the game, then first baseman Albert Pujols made the Indians pay for the extra out by adding a homer of his own.

Cleveland quickly answered the bell in the bottom of the fifth as Shin-Soo Choo doubled to start the inning and eventually scored on a double by DH Jose Lopez. The Indians score three runs to regain control of the game and then waited out the delays.

Rookie right-hander Zach McAllister gave up eight hits and three earned runs while striking out five batters in six innings of work on the mound to earn the win and move his record to 3-1.

The two teams will complete their series on Wednesday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET.

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Angels, visit Halos Haven. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Angels: Starting Lineups For Tuesday's Game

Held scoreless by Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver on Monday, the Cleveland Indians will try to even their series with the surging Angels on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

Manager Manny Acta and the Indians will send 6-foot-6 Zach McAllister to the hill to face the Angels' Dan Haren, a right-hander once viewed as one of the game's premier pitching prospects. Haren's 2012 campaign has been wildly inconsistent, but he does own some very impressive numbers against Cleveland's most vital hitters over the course of his career.

Along with Jason Kipnis' 1-for-7 career mark against Haren, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is 2-for-20 from the plate versus the Angels' righty, while Shin-Soo Choo is a mere 2-for-11 and Jose Lopez is 5-for-27. Even the 25-year-old Michael Brantley is hitting just .214 (3-for-14) against Haren for his career, making it quite clear that the Indians will need to be especially careful from the plate in Tuesday's game.

Here are the starting lineups for game two:

Indians
1. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
3. Jason Kipnis - 2B
4. Jose Lopez - DH
5. Michael Brantley - CF
6. Carlos Santana - C
7. Casey Kotchman - 1B
8. Shelley Duncan - LF
9. Jack Hannahan - 3B
Zach McAllister - SP

Angels
1. Mike Trout - CF
2. Torii Hunter - RF
3. Albert Pujols - 1B
4. Kendrys Morales - DH
5. Mark Trumbo - LF
6. Alberto Callaspo - 3B
7. Howie Kendrick - 2B
8. Erick Aybar - SS
9. John Hester - C
Dan Haren - SP

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Angels, visit Halos Haven. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Angels Preview: Cleveland Looks To Rebound Against Haren

The Cleveland Indians (40-39) hope that Tuesday's game at Progressive Field will be nothing like Monday night's.

On Monday in the first game of the series, Jared Weaver dominated the Tribe -- he gave up five hits in seven innings en route to a 3-0 win for the Los Angeles Angels (45-35).

Game 2 will see Dan Haren take the mound for the Angels. He already has a win in Cleveland this season. On April 28, he yielded one run and struck out seven in eight innings of a 2-1 victory. Haren has not been great lately, however. The right-hander has a 7.94 ERA in his last four starts, despite a 3-1 record. In his last start, he gave up six runs in six innings but was still credited with a win, as Los Angeles beat the Blue Jays 9-7.

Zach McCallister will pitch for the Indians. His record is 2-1 and the team is 4-1 in his starts. Last Thursday, he gave up two runs in five innings in a 7-2 win in Baltimore.

The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. ET. It can be seen on SportsTime Ohio.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. More on the Los Angeles Angels can be found over at Halos Heaven and more news and analysis on the world of baseball can be found at Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Angels Final Score: Tribe Shut Out In Game 1

The Cleveland Indians didn't want to start off their series against the Los Angeles Angels like this. In Game 1 of their home series, the Tribe were shut out 3-0.

It was a pitching duel, with the Angels up 1-0 after six, 2-0 after seven and 3-0 after eight innings.

L.A. scored off an Erick Aybar sac fly, a Howard Kendrick solo shot and an Alberto Callaspo bases loaded walk. Starter Ubaldo Jiminez was pulled after that walk and reliever Joe Smith got the Indians out of the eighth inning.

Jiminez (7-7) gave up eight hits and three runs in seven and two-thirds innings, with four strikeouts.

Jared Weaver (9-1) earned the win, pitching seven scoreless innings and giving up just five hits. Waver is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA at Progressive Field, via Jordan Bastian.

Scott Downs didn't give up a hit in two innings, for his seventh save.

Game 2 is Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. More on the Los Angeles Angels can be found over at Halos Heaven and more news and analysis on the world of baseball can be found at Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Angels: Cleveland Starts Home Series Against Los Angeles

Jered Weaver and the LA Angels will travel to Cleveland to face off with the hot Indians in a three game series starting on Monday.

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