Second baseman Jason Kipnis is scheduled to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday after appearing as a pinch-hitter on Monday. Batting with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Kipnis smacked a long sacrifice fly to center field. Jason Donald has started the past five games at second, with Kipnis battling neck pain. Kipnis is hitting .258 with a .721 OPS, 11 homers and 23 stolen bases. He had struggled in his previous 11 games, going 4-for-39 (.103) with one extra-base hit. When reliever Vinny Pestano served up a two-run homer to Albert Pujols on Monday, it snapped his streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest by a Cleveland reliever since Paul Assenmacher's 23 1/3 shutout frames in 1997. Pestano's ERA this season still sits at 1.56. Angels: Division deficit not the focus
Monday began with the Angels sitting third in the American League West, eight games behind the Rangers, and that's where they remain after both clubs lost. It's a large lead for Texas and not one Scioscia is keen on worrying about. "I think it's important not to look at that gap," he said. "I think that's the focus -- don't look at the gap, just look at the game at hand. I think it's very clear that if you have an objective, you want to concentrate on the process, and I think our goal is just very clear and we need to concentrate on the process and how we're going to get it." The Angels lost a half-game to the idle Orioles and now sit 2 1/2 out of the league's second Wild Card spot, also trailing the A's and Tigers. Scioscia's club went 49-32 from May through July to overcome its early struggles, but he disputed the notion that the Angels are hitting a wall. "We won those games because we started doing things on the field that we needed to," he said. "I don't think it took anything out of us to get out of that hole. We were just playing the way we can. It's not like we were losing so you had to play in the loser's bracket and play more games." Worth noting
The Indians are 5-2 against the Angels this season. Jimenez gave up three runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Angels on July 2, striking out four and walking four. Greinke, a former Royals ace, has faced the Indians more than any other team, posting a 3.80 ERA in 27 outings. He last faced them in 2010.