on April 29, 2012 by admin in Cleveland, Comments (0)

LA Angels of Anaheim (7-14) at Cleveland Indians (10-9), 1:05 p.m. (ET)

Ervin Santana has yet to record a win this season, but facing the Indians should jostle some nice memories for the Angels right- hander./ppSantana, who has faced the Indians 11 times in his career, had lost his first six decisions to Cleveland. That was until he tossed a no-hitter at Progressive Field on July 27 last year. That 10-strikeout performance gave the Angels their eighth no-hitter in franchise history and first by a single pitcher in team annals since Mike Witt in 1984./ppSantana heads into today's game a loser of seven straight decisions going back to last season. His last victory came Sept. 1 at Seattle. He continued to struggle in his most recent outing, allowing eight hits and five runs over five-plus innings in a 5-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. So far this season, Santana has given up 10 homers in 23 2/3 innings./ppNot only that, but Santana isn't getting any run support. Zero. The Angels have been shut out the last three times Santana has started./ppDerek Lowe will start the finale of this three-game series for Cleveland. The sinkerball specialist, who is coming off a victory against Kansas City on Tuesday, has recorded wins in both of his home starts this season. In those games, he's allowed one earned run over 13 innings./ppLowe is 6-8 with a 3.24 ErA in 30 games (14 starts) against the Angels. He's lost each of his last three starts vs. the Angels./ppYesterday, Dan Haren threw eight strong innings, Torii Hunter hit a solo homer and the Angels snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win./ppHaren (1-1) picked up his first win of the season in his fifth start, striking out seven and giving up just four hits, two walks and a run./pp"He throws a great amount of off-speed stuff and then when he throws a fastball he just [fires] it by you," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "He's a great pitcher. He's been doing it for a while now."/ppIndians starter Jeanmar Gomez (1-1) also struck out seven but took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings./ppAngels first baseman Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a single and saw his average inch up to .226 for the season, but remains without a home run 21 games into his first season in the American League./pp"I think he swung the bat a little better," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "His power will be there."/ppThe Indians are in their own offensive funk, at least power-wise. They haven't hit a home run in 10 straight games. The last time anybody went deep was a three-run shot by Carlos Santana in the fifth inning on April 17 at Seattle./ppThe Angels won six of nine against the Tribe last season.

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