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DET@CLE: Salazar strikes out 10 over 7 2/3 innings

The Indians have considered many options when deciding how often they should send young right-hander Danny Salazar to the hill this season.

While he was originally expected to start Monday's game against the Angels, Salazar was scratched and will instead start Tuesday's game between the two clubs at Angel Stadium.

The Indians are carefully monitoring Salazar's innings after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010. Starting on Tuesday instead of Monday allows the 23-year-old right-hander to have a full week of rest between starts.

"Obviously, we try to win every game we play," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But we have to balance where he is in his career, and things like that."

In his last outing against the Twins on Aug. 12, Salazar was pulled after four innings and 71 pitches. He allowed three runs on three hits for the loss.

Meanwhile, left-hander C.J. Wilson gets the nod for the Angels. The southpaw is looking for his third straight win and sixth victory in eight outings.

Against the Yankees in his last start, Wilson (13-6, 3.40 ERA) allowed one run on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings for the win. While he threw 87 pitches in the first four innings, Wilson settled down after that, giving up just three hits in the next 2 2/3 innings.

He became just the sixth pitcher in Angels history and the first since Paul Byrd in 2005 to allow one run or fewer despite allowing 11-plus hits.

"It's still only August," Wilson said. "I have a lot more work to do. I don't know how many starts I have left, whether it's seven or eight, or something like that."

Indians: Raburn adding power to lineup
• Ryan Raburn has exhibited surprising power in the Indians lineup this season. The utility man has 15 home runs, tying him with Jason Kipnis for the team lead.

Among the 566 Major Leaguers with 200 or fewer at-bats this season, Raburn's 15 home runs rank first.

"I think confidence plays a big role in it," Francona said. "And he maintains a really good routine whether he plays or not. He's pretty much had the same swing almost all year. There's been a couple games where's he's gotten a little long, but he's really maintained his swing all year long. That's not an easy thing to do, especially when you're a bench player.

"It's exciting. There's not too many [bench] guys you can play where he comes in a game and we've hit him cleanup, or we've hit him fifth. ... The power, for the amount he's played, that's a lot."

Angels: Pujols to miss rest of 2013
• The Angels announced on Monday that first baseman Albert Pujols will be shut down for the rest of the 2013 season.

A partial tear in his left foot made the decision unsurprising and means that Pujols can now fully rehab from the injury, have a normal offseason and focus on starting next season injury free.

"It was not an easy decision, as competitive of a player as I am," Pujols said. "But I also understand wanting to look past this season."

Pujols had been playing through a severe case of plantar fasciitis on his left foot since the middle of Spring Training, making 65 of his 99 games at designated hitter. He also had difficulty running.

Worth noting
• Mike Trout was out of the Angels lineup Monday night against the Indians because of a right hamstring injury. The 22-year-old outfielder felt the hamstring grab on him while legging out a double in the third inning of Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Astros.

• The Indians have won 17 of their 29 road games since June 11.

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