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Anaheim at Cleveland

Venue: Progressive Field
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The Los Angeles Angels have the AL's best record over the last six weeks, but still have ground to make up in the West.

The Cleveland Indians are another second-place club, but are playing more like cellar dwellers entering their series with the visiting Angels that starts Monday night.

With a 9-3 win over Baltimore on Sunday, Los Angeles (55-47) improved to 24-11 in its last 35, but division-leading Texas has been almost equally successful over that same stretch.

A few more strong performances at the plate may help the Angels catch up. Their 13 hits in Sunday's game were their most since June 28, and 19-year-old Mike Trout - the youngest player in the majors - had one of those with his first major league homer during a five-run eighth inning.

"Mike has been doing something every game. You have keep pinching yourself and telling yourself he's 19," manager Mike Scioscia said.

While Scioscia's hitters led the way in the finale, Los Angeles' pitchers shined throughout the opening series of a 10-game road trip. The Angels posted a 2.42 ERA over the three games against the Orioles and have a 2.59 ERA while winning four of six against the Indians this season.

Probable Monday starter Dan Haren (10-6, 3.10 ERA) has gone 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in two matchups with Cleveland in 2011, including his first career one-hitter in Anaheim on April 12.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his last four starts against Cleveland, which is batting .189 with eight runs scored during a four-game losing streak.

The Indians (51-48) managed five hits for the second straight game Sunday and Ezequiel Carrera committed a key two-run error in a 4-2 defeat to the White Sox. The loss put the former AL Central leaders just 2 1/2 games in front of third-place Chicago.

With another defeat, the Indians would match their longest skid this season, set June 2-6.

"When you're not scoring runs, you can't be giving outs away. That was the case (Sunday)," said manager Manny Acta, whose team matched a season high with three errors. "We need to win a ballgame. That's the bottom line."

Acta's team likely will win if it can get Haren to duplicate his last outing. The right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs over 4 1-3 innings Wednesday against Texas but avoided a second straight loss as the Angels rallied from a five-run deficit for a 9-8 triumph.

Haren will be opposed by Fausto Carmona (5-10, 5.63), who pitched better than his overall record in his return from a strained right quad last Monday. The right-hander gave up two runs over six innings of a 6-3 win that completed a doubleheader sweep in Minnesota.

The Indians have not won since.

Carmona is a career-worst 0-3 all-time against the Angels despite a 1.79 ERA in nine appearances. He was on the losing end of Haren's one-hitter and gave up three unearned runs over seven innings of a 6-5 defeat May 8 in Anaheim.

Haren also opposed Carmona in that game, but did not get a decision after allowing two runs over 6 2-3 innings and striking out a season-high 10.

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Probable Starters

Dan Haren, RHP
2011 stats
145.0 Innings Pitched 110.1
10-6 Wins-Losses 5-10
3.10 Earned Run Average 5.63
21 Walks 33
120 Strikeouts 63
110 Pitches Per Start 93
Career vs. opponent
57.2 Innings Pitched 45.1
3-2 Wins-Losses 0-3
3.90 Earned Run Average 1.79

Fausto Carmona, RHP
Weather
weather image  Tstorms early. Mostly sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
84°F74°F9mph/NW72%46%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles2nd AL West8676.531103-7 L 4
Cleveland3rd AL Central7974.51665-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Fausto Carmona
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Bourjos53111.600
Trumbo62102.333
Izturis165002.313
Callaspo185031.278
Abreu164060.250
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Dan Haren
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cabrera4111014.268
Hafner194125.211
Kearns51013.200
Hannahan61014.167
Brantley81000.125
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jordan Walden
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cabrera110101.000
LaPorta21001.500
Buck000000
Cabrera000000
Carmona000000
 
Injuries
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
K. MoralesLeg, toe
F. RodriguezShoulder
F. SandovalOblique
M. TrumboAnkle
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
J. KipnisHamstring
N. MorganKnee
R. RaburnKnee
N. SwisherKnee
Z. WaltersIntercostal
 
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DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 4CLECLE 7-2Outman Pelfrey 
Apr 5CLEMIN 7-3Gibson Carrasco 
Apr 6CLEMIN 10-7Swarzak Wood 
May 5CLEMIN 1-0Thielbar Axford 
May 6CLECLE 4-2Tomlin Deduno 
May 7CLECLE 4-3Axford Fien 
May 8CLECLE 9-4Masterson Correia 
Jul 21MINMIN 4-3Fien Shaw 
Jul 22MINCLE 8-2Salazar Pino 
Jul 23MINMIN 3-1Swarzak Bauer 
Aug 19MINCLE 7-5Crockett Duensing 
Aug 20MINCLE 5-0House Nolasco 
Aug 21MINMIN 4-1Hughes Kluber 
Sep 9CLEMIN 4-3May Bauer 
Sep 10CLEPPD   
Sep 11CLECLE 8-2Kluber Gibson 
Sep 11CLECLE 2-0House Nolasco 
Sep 19MINMIN 5-4Burton Crockett 
Sep 20MIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21MIN 2:10 PM EDT