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Travis Hafner


Hafner hit his sixth grand slam on Sunday in the Cleveland Indians' win over the Kansas City Royals. The homer was his 35th of the season and tied Don Mattingly's single-season record for grand slams.


Hafner went 1-for-4 in the Indians' 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.


Hafner hit his fifth grand slam in Cleveland's 9-0 win over Baltimore on Friday, becoming the first player in major league history to hit five slams before the All-Star break. His fifth grand slam, which came in the second inning, also gave him the Indians' club record, breaking the record of four that he shared with Al Rosen, who accomplished the feat in 1951.


Hafner hit a grand slam on his 29th birthday and tied a career high with six RBIs. It was the Indians' designated hitter's 15th home run this season and major-league best third grand slam of the season and fifth of his career.


Hafner hit a home run in his sixth straight game Friday. That is one off the Indians' franchise record held by Jim Thome, and two off tying the major league record for consecutive games with at least one homer.


Hafner homered for the fourth straight day on Wednesday, drilling a pair of longballs in an 8-0 Cleveland win over the Chicago White Sox. Hafner stroked two-run and three-run bombs, giving him four homers, 10 RBI and a .583 average (7-for-12) in the three-game series with the American League Central-leading White Sox. In his last four games, he has three doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI.


Hafner went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI as the Indians topped the Orioles 5-1 Sunday. He has hit in 15 of 16 games since coming off the disabled list August 4, batting .355, but with only one home run in 62 at bats.


Hafner was back with Cleveland Thursday, activated from the disabled list before the Indians' game against the Yankees. Returning from a concussion, the Indians' designated hitter went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Cleveland's 4-3 loss to New York.


Hafner played again at Double-A Akron on Wednesday, and his game appearance went much better than Monday, when the Indians' designated hitter had to leave after one at-bat because of his post-concussion symptoms. The Indians were encouraged enough by his Wednesday performance that Hafner could be activated from the disabled list before the Indians host the the Yankees Thursday night in the finale of their three-game series.


Cleveland was hoping to add Hafner to the 25-man roster on Tuesday, in time for a three-game series against the New York Yankees. But the Indians' designated hitter left a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron after one at-bat Monday night because of lingering effects from the concussion he suffered on July 16. An Indians official said Hafner wasn't likely to return against the Yankees.


The Indians have acted in time by placing first baseman Travis Hafner on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Had they not placed him on the DL on Tuesday, the team would not have been able to make the move retroactive to July 17 like they did. Hafner has been experiencing dizzy spells since being hit in the face by White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle. The Indians have purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Liefer to take Hafner's roster spot.


Hafner hasn't appeared in a game since suffering a concussion on July 16, and the Cleveland Indians have until Tuesday to put him on the disabled list if they want the move to be retroactive to July 17. After Tuesday, the Indians lose the ability to make a retroactive move, and Hafner would have to sit out a full 15 days if he goes on the DL. He already has missed eight games.


Hafner missed his fourth straight game Wednesday because of lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered on Saturday. Cleveland's designated hitter has a mild concussion, but dizziness still can last a week or two, so the Indians are thinking about putting their best hitter on the disabled list. That gets more likely each day that Hafner is out of the lineup.


Hafner was still showing mild concussion symptoms Tuesday when he engaged in baseball activity, so Cleveland's designated hitter was held out of the lineup for a third consecutive game that evening. He has been out since he was hit in the face with a pitch on Saturday.


Hafner didn't play on Monday against Kansas City. While the Indians' designated hitter felt good when he arose Monday morning, he experienced dizziness when he began exercising before Monday's contest in Cleveland. Team doctors want him to sit out until the dizziness passes. Hafner, who was hit in the face with a pitch on Saturday, remains day-to-day.


Despite getting beaned on Saturday, Hafner could return to the Cleveland lineup as soon as Monday. The Indians' designated hitter has rebounded well from a mild concussion, and most of the discomfort he feels is where the ball struck him near his two front teeth. In 83 contests this season, Hafner is batting .310 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI.


Hafner is not expected to be in the Indians' lineup when they take the field against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday after taking a pitch off his shoulder and cheek the previous day. According to the club, the designated hitter suffered a mild concussion and a cut on the inside of his lip, but no major damage was found. He has been listed as day-to-day.


Hafner left Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning after getting hit in the shoulder and mouth by a pitch from Mark Buehrle. This is the first batter that Buehrle has hit all season. Hafner was replaced in the game by pinch-runner Jody Gerut. Both benches were warned after Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook hit Jermaine Dye in the left knee in the top of the second inning.


For a fifth time in five games on Wednesday, Hafner homered in Cleveland's 7-3 loss to Detroit. The Indians' designated hitter is 10-for-16 (.625) with nine RBI in those five games.


After homering twice in the first game of Cleveland's July 4 doubleheader with Detroit, Hafner homered again in the nightcap, connecting on a 457-foot solo shot in the eighth inning off Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney. Hafner was 6-for-10 with six RBI in the doubleheader.

On Tuesday, Hafner was named the American League Player of the Month for the month of June. The Indians' designated hitter batted .345 with eight home runs and a league leading 29 RBI in 24 games in June. Hafner was second in slugging percentage for the month at .736, while also compiling a .430 on base percentage.


After drilling two home runs and collecting five RBI in Cleveland's 9-3 win over Detroit in the first of two games on Monday, Hafner has hit safely in 10 of 11 games. In that 11-game span, dating back to June 24, Hafner is 21-for-44 (.477) with five doubles, six homers and 21 RBI.


Hafner hit a grand slam off Boston closer Keith Foulke in a five-run ninth inning, doubled twice and drove in six runs to lead the Indians to a 12-8 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday night. Cleveland overcame an 8-5 deficit with two runs in the eighth and five more in the final frame.


With Cleveland playing interleague series in San Diego and San Francisco this week, the DH slot is not an option. That means Hafner and Ben Broussard will be sharing first base for both series. Both may play less than they usually do.


Indians manager Eric Wedge held Hafner out of the team's starting lineup for the second straight game on Saturday. Hafner struggled against lefthanded pitching all last season, batting a mere .244, and he hasn't seen much action against lefties this season. With the Blue Jays throwing back-to-back lefthanders in Ted Lilly and Gustavo Chacin, Hafner remained on the bench.

Hafner should be back in the lineup on Sunday, as the Blue Jays will have a righthanded starter in Josh Towers.


Hafner signed a $7 million, three-year contract with the Indians on Wednesday. The DH-first baseman gets $500,000 this season, $2.5 million next year and $3.75 million in 2007. Cleveland has a $4.75 million option for 2008 with a $250,000 buyout, meaning the deal could be worth as much as $11.5 million over four seasons.

Hafner batted .311 with 28 home runs and 109 RBI in 140 games last season.