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Friday, May 23rd (All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (23-25) at Baltimore Orioles (23-22), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - T.J. House (0-0, 0.00) Baltimore - Bud Norris (2-4, 3.58)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie T.J. House makes the first start of his big- league career on Friday night when the Cleveland Indians return to Camden Yards for game two of a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.
House pitched one scoreless inning of relief in his major-league debut on Saturday against Oakland after making seven starts to begin the season at Triple-A Columbus.
He was 1-2 with a 2.40 earned run average in those minor-league assignments.
The team's pitching rotation was jumbled after an extra-inning game against Detroit on Wednesday, in which scheduled Thursday starter Josh Tomlin was called in to pitch three relief innings.
Justin Masterson then started Thursday's series opener with the Orioles on short rest, a game won 8-7 in extra innings by the Indians.
The Indians are aiming for a fifth straight win after having lost four in a row, a stretch in which they were outscored, 34-8. In the win streak, they have scored 30 runs.
"(Wednesday) was thrilling but you put it in the rear-view mirror as fast as you can," manager Terry Francona said. "As a result, we have a tired group - but you feel a heck of a lot better when you win."
Baltimore has lost five straight home games.
Bud Norris gets the start for the Orioles in game two while looking to end a three-game drought in which he's posted a respectable 3.05 earned run average, but has gotten just three runs from his offense.
He was beaten, 1-0, at Kansas City on Saturday.
"I'm trying to put up zeroes. That's the ultimate goal," Norris said.
He last faced the Indians on Sept. 2 and allowed four hits over seven innings in a 7-2 win.
On Thursday, Carlos Santana's two-run double in the top of the 13th inning lifted the Indians to an 8-7 decision.
Santana finished with two hits and Michael Bourn had three along with a run scored in Cleveland's second 13-inning triumph in as many days. The Indians rallied for an 11-10 verdict over Detroit on Wednesday.
They came back in this one as well, with Lonnie Chisenhall tying the contest at 6-6 with a pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth, then held on after Nick Markakis homered off Scott Atchison with one out in the bottom of the 13th.
Atchison retired the next two hitters, however, to notch his first save of the season, with Josh Outman (4-0) tossing two scoreless innings to earn the win.
Ryan Flaherty had a three-run homer earlier for Baltimore and finished 2-for-5 in the loss, while Adam Jones collected three hits and scored once.
The Indians and Orioles split a four-game set last season in Baltimore.
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