American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (51-44) at Cleveland Indians (47-48), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Tommy Hunter (4-4, 5.71)
Cleveland - Justin Masterson (6-8, 4.29)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles hope to wrap up their eight-game road
trip in sweeping fashion this evening when they complete their four-game set
with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Baltimore won its fifth straight game on Sunday, as Zach Britton threw six
shutout innings in only his second start of the year, and the Orioles held on
for a 4-3 victory.
Another win on Monday would give Baltimore its first four-game sweep in
Cleveland since Sept. 24-26, 1971. The O's also haven't won four in a row from
the Tribe since 1993.
Britton (1-0) notched his first win since his up-and-down rookie campaign of
2011, when he won five of his first six games before faltering down the
stretch. On Sunday, he limited the offensively-challenged Indians to four hits
and two walks, as the O's improved to 5-2 on their trek.
J.J. Hardy homered and drove in three runs while Wilson Betemit added a home
run in the win.
The Indians, meanwhile, can't seem to call upon the offense that helped them
stay above .500 for the first half of the season, losing their fourth straight
and failing to get more than three runs for the eighth time in 10 games since
the All-Star break (3-7).
After managing only three late runs on Sunday, including a Carlos Santana two-
run homer, Cleveland is below .500 (47-48) for the first time since April 14.
"We need to figure out something to get us going," admitted Indians catcher
Lou Marson. "I don't know what it is, but we definitely have to figure
Getting the call for the Orioles tonight will be righty Tommy Hunter, who was
terrific in his last start. Hunter beat the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday,
holding them to a run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings to run his record to 4-4
to go along with a 5.71 ERA.
Hunter was lit up for five runs in a 1 2/3 inning relief outing back on June
30, but is 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA in three games (2 starts) against them.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will look to get back on track behind right-handed
Justin Masterson, who is 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA. Masterson did not get a decision
on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but did not pitch well, as he
surrendered four runs and seven hits, while walking seven batters in only 4
1/2 frames of his team's 10-6 win.
Masterson beat the O's earlier in the year and is 5-3 lifetime against them
with a 4.74 ERA in 11 games (7 starts).
The Indians took three of four in Baltimore from June 28-July 1.
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