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Cleveland Indians Vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Tribe's Lineup Is Posted, Jason Kipnis Missing Once Again

The lineups have been posted for tonight's game between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For the fifth straight game, Jason Kipnis's name is not listed.

August 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) tosses his bat after striking out during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
August 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) tosses his bat after striking out during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The starting lineups have been posted for tonight's game between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and for the fifth consecutive game, Jason Kipnis is not listed. While Kipnis continues to nurse a stiff neck, Jason Donald will start at second base and lead off for the Tribe.

In 70 plate apperances, Donald has posted an OPS of just .486, a stark contrast to the .721 OPS that Kipnis has put up. Donald isn't exactly your prototypical leadoff hitter either; he doesn't walk much, owns a .315 career on-base percentage and isn't a huge threat on the basepaths. However, Manny Acta is low on options at this point, and Donald does have a hit in three of the four games in which he's played since Kipnis went down.

Here are the full lineups:

Indians:

1. Jason Donald 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo RF
4. Carlos Santana DH
5. Michael Brantley CF
6. Shelley Duncan LF
7. Brent Lillibridge 3B
8. Casey Kotchman 1B
9. Lou Marson C

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. Howard Kendrick 2B
8. Erick Aybar SS
9. Chris Iannetta C

First pitch is slated for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.