Baltimore Orioles Host Cleveland Indians in Bout of Second-Place Clubs

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The Cleveland Indians tough stretch continues as they travel to Maryland to take on the Baltimore Orioles for a four-game set Monday. The Tribe played 22 straight games against clubs with winning records recently and did well to stay within reach of the American League Central leading Detroit Tigers. The Indians trail the Tigers by just four games in the standings, while the Orioles trail the Boston Red Sox by two games in of the American League East.

The Indians have won seven of their last ten games. Michael Bourne and Jason Kipnis have been leading the way for the Indians’ offense. They’re hitting a combined .454 over the past week at the front of the Indians batting order, giving their comrades plenty of opportunities to drive in runs.

Orioles’ first-baseman Chris Davis continues to spearhead their offense. He has tallied nine RBI over the past four games and continues to lead the league in home runs. His 27 home runs are six better than anyone else in MLB and it’s looking like he’s not going to slow down any time soon.

Zach Britton will make his third start of the season for the Orioles against Ubaldo Jiminez. It’s Britton’s third start of the season. His previous start showed promise as he held the Tigers just one run in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Orioles have had trouble finding a steady fifth starter because of injuries and inconsistency. Aside from their top-four starters, seven different pitchers have made 23 starts for the Orioles.

Tuesday’s match up features some of the team’s top pitchers in Justin Masterson and Chris Tillman. Scott Kazmir will get the start for the Indians Wednesday against Jason Hammel and Corey Kluber will close out the series against Orioles’ starts Miguel Gonzalez.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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