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Tuesday, May 13th (All times eastern)

Detroit Tigers (22-12) at Baltimore Orioles (20-16), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Drew Smyly (2-2, 2.96) Baltimore - Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4, 4.73)

( - Emotions should be running high on Tuesday when the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles continue a three-game series at Camden Yards.

Tempers flared in Monday's opener, as Baltimore starter Bud Norris hit Torii Hunter after a home run off the bat of Ian Kinsler in the eighth. Both benches cleared, but no punches were thrown and Norris was ejected.

"Even if (Norris) didn't try to do it, it still looks fishy," Hunter said of being plunked right after Kinsler's home run.

It didn't really factor into the final, as Detroit rolled, 4-1.

Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson both knocked in a run and Victor Martinez supplied two hits for the Tigers, who have won two of their last three.

Rick Porcello (6-1) won his fifth straight start after allowing just one run on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks across six innings.

Steve Clevenger contributed three hits -- two of which were doubles -- and an RBI for the Orioles, who have dropped two straight after winning five in a row.

"We just didn't score any runs," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "One run on a ball that was close to being caught, otherwise they pitch a shutout."

Norris (2-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up all four runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 frames.

"A lot of people have a lot of opinions, but I'll tell you right now, I'm going out there and trying to get outs," said Norris, who had a benches- clearing incident with Red Sox catcher David Ross last month and jawed with Pirates infielder Neil Walker on May 1 after he hit him with a pitch.

Baltimore now turns to righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who has won his last two starts, but is 0-3 at home this season with a 6.75 ERA. Jimenez won his second straight road start on Thursday against Tampa Bay, as he surrendered a run and seven hits in 5 1/3 frames to improve to 2-4 to go along with a 4.73 ERA.

He had pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings to win in Minnesota his previous time out.

In addition to his struggles at home, Jimenez hasn't fared well against the Tigers, posting a 1-4 mark with a 6.25 ERA in his last six starts against them. He is 5-9 lifetime against them with a 5.32 ERA in 16 games (15 starts).

Detroit, meanwhile, will hand the ball to lefty Drew Smyly, who is 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA. Smyly lost to Houston on Thursday, as he surrendered three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 frames.

Smyly beat Baltimore in a relief effort earlier this season and will be making his first ever start against it on Tuesday.

Detroit took two of three from the O's earlier this season.

05/13 10:44:49 ET

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