Apr 29, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) stands in the infield after lining out in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Angels Vs. Indians: Slumping Halos Shutout In Series Finale

The Angels have lost six of seven series this season.

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Angels Vs. Indians Final Score: Slumping Halos Shutout In Cleveland, 4-0

Derek Lowe and a pair of Tribe relievers combined for a three-hit shutout as the slumping Los Angeles Angels continued their offensive woes on Sunday afternoon, losing 4-0 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The loss dropped the Halos to 7-15 on the season, as they have lost six of the seven series they have played.

Kendrys Morales had two of the Angels' three hits, all singles, as the Angels weren't able to put up much of a rally against Lowe, who won his fourth game of the season.

Ervin Santana pitched his best game of the year at the site of his no-hitter last season, allowing just two unearned runs in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 5.58 on the season. But Santana suffered his fifth loss in as many starts. The Indians added a pair of insurance runs off Kevin Jepsen in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 and is hitting .216 with no home runs through 22 games.

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Angels Vs. Indians Starting Lineups: Mike Trout In Center Field Sunday

Now that their five-game losing streak has been ended, the Los Angeles Angels look to start a winning streak. Ervin Santana takes the mound for the Halos on Sunday, looking for his first win of the season, facing Derek Lowe and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Santana has lost all four starts so far this season, and sports a 7.23 ERA heading into Sunday.

Mike Trout, who played left field Saturday in his first game of the season after getting recalled from Triple A Salt Lake, is back in the lineup on Sunday, but this time in center field, and batting leadoff. Here are the starting lineups for the series finale:

Angels (7-14)

Trout CF
Kendrick 2B
Pujols 1B
Morales DH
Hunter RF
Trumbo 3B
Wells LF
Izturis SS
Iannetta C

Indians (10-9)

Brantley CF
Kipnis 2B
Cabrera SS
Hafner DH
Santana C
Hannahan 3B
Duncan LF
Kotchman 1B
Cunningham RF

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Angels Vs. Indians, Game 2 Final Score: Dan Haren Helps Halos To 2-1 Victory

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Angels finally snapped their five-game losing streak. They defeated the hometown Cleveland Indians by a final score of 2-1 and have an opportunity to win the series in the rubber match on Sunday.

The Angels got on top quickly, with a Kendrys Morales RBI single in the top of the first inning. Torii Hunter added a solo home run -- his second in as many games -- to make it an Angels 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Jack Hannahan singled home Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Halos lead in half, but that was as close as the Indians would get.

Manager Mike Scioscia left little opportunity for his problematic bullpen to squander the lead. He left starter Dan Haren in for eight full innings of four-hit, one-run baseball, during which Haren allowed two walks and struck out seven. Scott Downs, recently handed the official closer role, came in for the ninth inning and picked up his first save of the year with three quick outs.

Freshly-recalled prospect Mike Trout made the start, batting in the leadoff spot, but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

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Angels Vs. Indians: Rain Delays Start In Cleveland

The Los Angeles Angels look to snap a five-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland against the Indians, but they will have to wait a little longer than expected. The second game of the three-game set at Progressive Field was set to begin at 10:05 a.m. PDT, but rain has delayed the start.

The official start time is yet unknown, but the Angels tweeted that they hope to have the first pitch around 11 a.m. PDT.

Once the game starts, Dan Haren will take the mound for the Halos, looking for his first win of the season, facing Jeanmar Gomez for the Indians. The Angels lost the series opener Friday night despite having a 2-0 lead. Once Jered Weaver left, the bullpen allowed three runs on their watch, including a walk-off single in the ninth inning by Asdrubal Cabrera.

After the game, the Angels released Bobby Abreu and recalled Mike Trout, who will begin his third stint in the big leagues by batting leadoff on Saturday, playing left field once the field is ready for play.

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Angels Vs. Indians Starting Lineups: Mike Trout Batting Leadoff For Halos

The Los Angeles Angels have lost five straight games, but hope a Friday shakeup will turn things around. First, manager Mike Scioscia removed Jordan Walden as closer, then after the game Bobby Abreu was released, and top prospect Mike Trout was recalled. Trout is batting leadoff and playing left field for the Angels Saturday morning as the Halos battle the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Trout, 20, was laying waste to Triple A in his first stint in Salt Lake, hitting .403/.467/.623 in 20 games with 10 extra-base hits, six stolen bases, and 21 runs scored.

Dan Haren is on the mound Saturday for the Angels, while Jeanmar Gomez pitches for Cleveland. Here are Saturday's starting lineups:

Angels (6-14)

Trout LF
Kendrick 2B
Pujols 1B
Morales DH
Hunter RF
Trumbo 3B
Aybar SS
Wilson C
Bourjos CF

Indians (10-8)

Brantley CF
Kipnis 2B
Cabrera SS
Hafner DH
Santana C
Hannahan 3B
Duncan LF
Kotchman 1B
Cunningham RF

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Angels Recall Top Prospect Mike Trout

Following the announcement that the Los Angeles Angels have parted ways with designated hitter and outfielder Bobby Abreu, it was announced that top prospect Mike Trout would be recalled from the minor leagues and would be with the team on Saturday.

Trout made his MLB debut with the Angels in July of last year and hit .220 with five home runs. He was hoping to make the Opening Day roster this year, but following Spring Training, he was seen as needing a bit more time to develop. The releasing of Abreu has likely forced the issue somewhat.

An unexpected development to be sure and Trout ends up being recalled on the same day that another young phenom received his call to the big leagues: the Washington Nationals will have Bryce Harper join them on Saturday, set to make his MLB debut over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.

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Angels Release Bobby Abreu

After losing their fifth straight game against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, the Los Angeles Angels dropped a bombshell that is likely to stun baseball fans and analysts all over the country, as they officially parted ways with Bobby Abreu

From the official press release:

The Angels Friday announced that Bobby Abreu has been released from the club's Major League roster. Tonight's transaction was made by club General Manager Jerry Dipoto.

This was Abreu's fourth season with the Halos. During Spring Training this year, Abreu vocally expressed his desire to receive either more playing time or a trade. An attempted trade just before the season fell through at the last minute and things seemed smoothed over for the time being, before this announcement.

Angels fans have been extremely displeased at the way the 2012 season has started and have been calling for change, but this is probably not the change they were hoping for or expecting.

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Angels Vs. Indians, Game 1 Final Score: Halos Lose 3-2, Losing Streak Stretches To 5 Games

The Los Angeles Angels can't seem to find an end to their woes. For the second time in as many days, they allowed a walk-off win against them in enemy territory, this time dropping a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the ninth inning. Their losing streak now extends to five games.

The offense was one again nearly nonexistent, with the Angels managing just four hits in the game. Two of those hits came from Torii Hunter, who drove in both Halos runs. The first came in the first inning, when Albert Pujols singled (his only hit of the game) and later scored on a Hunter single. In the fourth inning, the Angels went up 2-0 on Hunter's first home run of the year, a two-out shot to right field.

Angels ace Jered Weaver departed after six innings, having allowed no runs, seven hits and four walks, while picking up eight strikeouts. The bullpen once again let down a solid outing from a starter, as in the bottom of the seventh inning, reliever Hisanori Takahashi allowed an RBI double and Kevin Jepsen came in to allow the tying single that brought the score to 2-2.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, David Carpenter allowed a leadoff double and a one-out single that put runners on the corners. On the next batter, Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in the winning run for the Indians win.

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Angels Vs. Indians Series Preview: Halos Need To Start Turning Things Around In Cleveland

The Los Angeles Angels have lost four straight games heading into Friday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians. The road back to .500 starts here.

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