Indians activate OF Grady Sizemore

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Grady Sizemore is back for the Cleveland Indians' most important series of the season.

The outfielder was activated from the disabled list Monday and listed in the leadoff spot in manager Manny Acta's batting order, playing center field, as second-place Cleveland started a three-game set against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers.

The three-time All-Star outfielder had abdominal surgery July 21. He opened the season on the DL as he recovered from surgery on his left knee in May 2010. He then hurt his right knee and sustained a hernia on the same play while sliding into a base this May.

In 61 games, Sizemore is hitting .237 (55 of 232) with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 32 runs and 29 RBI.