CLEVELAND - With the grounds crew still shoveling snow off the field, the Cleveland Indians decided it was time to head north to Milwaukee.

The Indians moved their series against the Los Angeles Angels to Milwaukee's Miller Park after a spring snowstorm wiped out their series against Seattle for the fourth straight day yesterday.

"I thought we were going to move it to North Dakota, but we got Milwaukee instead," joked Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, a native of Sykeston, N.D.

The teams will play a three-game series beginning today in a ballpark that has a retractable roof, unlike Jacobs Field. The opener and tomorrow's game will be played at 7:05 p.m. EDT, with Thursday's game scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Tickets for all games and seats will be $10 each. The 9,000 field-level seats will be sold first and loge seats will be available if necessary. Brewers spokesman Tyler Barnes said nearly 10,000 tickets were sold within the first 4 hours of availability.

"We still don't have any idea of what to expect, but so far we're encouraged," he said.

About 4,000 tickets were sold for each night game and about 2,000 tickets for Thursday's game, Barnes said.

It's the first time weather has forced a series to be moved since the Florida Marlins played the Montreal Expos on Sept. 13-14, 2004, in Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field because of Hurricane Ivan.

While a snowy, rainy mix stopped falling yesterday in Cleveland, the grounds crew was unable to get the surface in shape after 3 days of snow. About a foot of snow remained on the field yesterday afternoon with workers shoveling it into small carts to be hauled away.

Indians manager Eric Wedge said the field was expected to be ready Friday, when they are slated to open a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox.

Friday's game will serve as the unofficial home opener. The Indians were ahead 4-0 with two outs in the top of the fifth, when their home opener last Friday was called off by umpires because of heavy snow. The grounds crew spent more time on the field than the players during nearly 3 hours of stoppages. *