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Santana fans 10 over eight solid frames

With his legal issues behind him, Indians right-hander Roberto Hernandez will take the hill against the Angels on Wednesday in Anaheim a new man, in a manner of speaking.

After pitching in the Majors for six season under the name Fausto Carmona, Hernandez was arrested outside the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic in January for identity fraud and prohibited from returning to the United States until he obtained a visa on July 21, which forced him to reveal his true age (31) and name.

Hernandez has done his best to regroup and find his form once again. In four Minor League starts, he posted a 4.07 ERA with 20 strikeouts and four walks across 24 1/3 innings.

The Indians hope they'll see the pitcher who won 19 games in 2007 and was an All-Star in '10.

"I expect him to go out there and not try to do too much," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "I'm sure he's going to have some kind of butterflies, even if he's been out there a ton of times, but he's never been out there at this time of the year for his first outing."

Hernandez will face an Angels club looking to turn the page on what has been a rough few weeks. The team has gone just 4-9 in August and sits seven games back on the Rangers in the American League West.

Even with such a dismal start to the month, manager Mike Scioscia believes his team can turn it around.

"I think overall if you look at the whole body of the season, there's no doubt that we're disappointed in where we are. Nobody's got their head buried in the sand or taken it lightly. But for stretches of this season, we played better than any team in baseball," Scioscia said. "Trying to find that consistency is what our challenge is. I think there's a lot of reasons to look at not just a small sample of 'OK, you played good this week, you played good last week.'

"From probably I would say the middle of May up until probably just around the All-Star break, we were as good as anybody. That's the team that we know is here, and that's what we have to keep searching for."

Ervin Santana will be on the hill for the Angels, as the team goes for the series win. The right-hander has been more composed in three starts since being given a 15-out limit on July 30.

Santana (5-10, 5.82 ERA) was charged with five runs (four earned) in 6 1/3 innings on Friday against the Mariners for a no-decision, putting his ERA at 5.82 and his Major League-leading home run total at 28. However, Santana needed only 21 pitches to get through the first two frames and retired 11 of the last 14 batters he faced.

"The scoreboard is not indicative of how well he pitched," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said. "I think the difference is throwing strikes. Anytime you throw strikes and command the zone is when you're going to have success. It doesn't matter how good your stuff is."

Indians: Tomlin placed on DL
Right-hander Josh Tomlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with right elbow inflammation.

The move was retroactive to Monday and accompanied by the reinstatement of Hernandez to the 25-man roster.

Tomlin was a part of the Indians' rotation on Opening Day, however his last four outings came out of the bullpen. In his 16 starts, Tomlin is 5-8 with a 5.72 ERA (58 earned runs in 91 1/3 innings), and has a 6.36 ERA overall.

The move also sent Chris Seddon, who started Friday's game against the Red Sox, to the bullpen to keep the relief corps at eight. Seddon tossed 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out two.

Angels: Butcher suspended one game
Pitching coach Mike Butcher was suspended one game for leaving the dugout to argue balls and strikes and for "aggressively" arguing with home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook during Sunday's game, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Butcher, also fined an undisclosed amount, served the suspension during Tuesday night's game against the Indians.

Butcher jogged out to the field to argue with Estabrook after he was tossed, before being restrained by manager Mike Scioscia. It marked his first ejection since 2008 and his fourth overall.

Worth noting
• Angels relievers Scott Downs (strained left shoulder) and Jordan Walden (neck and right biceps injuries) continue to progress in their rehab assignments, with both likely returning by the end of the week.

• Cleveland has held a lead at some point in seven of the club's last 14 losses.

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