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Kendrick gets a game off in Cleveland

Angelslogo The Angels are searching for consistent offense but Manager Mike Scioscia is also trying to find a way to rest his regulars. On Monday, that meant benching All-Star Howie Kendrick, the team's leading hitter at .301 and the American League's third-best hitter on the road at .324.

However, Kendrick is batting just .182 against Fausto Carmona, Cleveland's starter in the first game of the three-game series. Maicer Izturis, Kendrick's replacement at second base, is hitting .313 against Carmona.

The Angels will be starting right-hander Dan Haren, who has allowed 11 runs in his last two starts and 10 2/3 innings. Scioscia said Monday that Haren has been bothered by minor back stiffness since the All-Star break.

The lineups:

Angels

2B -- Maicer Izturis

RF -- Torii Hunter

DH -- Bobby Abreu

LF -- Vernon Wells

3B -- Alberto Callaspo

SS -- Erick Aybar

1B -- Mark Trumbo

CF -- Peter Bourjos

C -- Jeff Mathis

P -- Dan Haren

Cleveland Indians

CF -- Ezequiel Carrera

LF -- Michael Brantley

SS -- Asdrubal Cabrera

DH -- Travis Hafner

C -- Carlos Santana

3B -- Lonnie Chisenhall

RF -- Travis Buck

2B -- Jason Kipnis

C -- Lou Marson

P -- Fausto Carmona

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-- Kevin Baxter reporting from Cleveland

 
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