CLEVELAND: The Indians were batting .186 and averaging 3.5 runs a game at home going into Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Moreover, Shin-Soo Choo is out of the lineup with a mild hamstring strain.

“Right now, we’re flip-flopping Carlos [Santana] and Travis [Hafner],” manager Manny Acta said Friday. “Carlos has been scuffling a little more against right-handers than lefties. Hafner is hitting the best of anyone on the club.”

That means Hafner will bat fourth and Santana fifth against certain pitchers and that Santana will return to the cleanup spot with Hafner fifth in other games.

CHOO UPDATE — Choo was expected to be out for only two or three games, but it usually takes five to seven days for a player to return to the lineup with even the slightest hamstring strain, because of the frequency of a recurrence.

“Choo did some activities with Lonnie today,” Acta said, referring to head trainer Lonnie Soloff. “If he passes those, we’ll see what happens.”

Choo missed his third game Friday night.

THE SLUMP — Angels slugger Albert Pujols still had not hit a home run heading into Friday night’s game, but his skid is not likely to continue much longer.

“He’s going to be fine,” Acta said. “This is just part of the game. Even the best guys fail seven out of 10 times. I’m sure he’s going to be OK, and they’re going to be OK.”

Pujols was batting .224 with four RBI. The Angels were 6-13.

SPEAKING OF HOMERS — The Tribe has gone eight consecutive games without a homer, the longest such streak since the team failed to hit a home run in eight games between Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 1991.

FARM FACTS — Giovanny Urshela homered, singled and drove in three runs in Carolina’s 8-5 win over Lynchburg in Class A. Jeremie Tice doubled twice and had one RBI, and Carlos Moncrief tripled and singled, driving in a run. … Francisco Lindor and Jordan Casas each had three hits, as Lake County defeated Peoria 7-6 in Class A.

— Sheldon Ocker