Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12
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Travis Hafner returned to the Cleveland Indians' lineup Wednesday and the results were dramatic in 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels 12-3. Hafner was 1-for-3 with two walks, but his presence in the lineup had an impact on the rest of the team. It started in the first inning, when Hafner had an 11-pitch at bat before drawing a walk from Angels starter Ervin Santana. That led to a three-run Indians rally that gave them a lead they never relinquished. "You saw the Hafner effect right away," said manager Manny Acta. "That's what he brings to us. Three times he got on base." Hafner was playing in his first game since May 23. He had been on the disabled list since May 26, and on May 31 he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee. The Indians have greatly missed Hafner's bat, and presence, in the lineup. One reason he has been missed so much is that the player who replaced him in the cleanup spot in the order, Carlos Santana, is having a sub-p...
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