Cleveland (41-35) at Baltimore (43-34)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Jun 30, 2005
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The injury-riddled Baltimore Orioles should be well rested by the time they begin their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

The Orioles were given a chance to regroup Wednesday night after their game against the New York Yankees was postponed by rain.

The rainout gave Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli the opportunity to skip injured Bruce Chen’s turn in the starting rotation. Chen was scheduled to pitch Thursday in the opener of this series, but his status was in doubt because of a hyperextended left big toe.

Rookie right-hander Hayden Penn, who was supposed to start Wednesday, was pushed back to Thursday. Rodrigo Lopez will start Friday, followed by Daniel Cabrera and Sidney Ponson.

Penn was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits over just two innings in a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Friday. He’s 2-1 with a 6.02 ERA in six starts.

The postponement also gave third baseman Melvin Mora another day to rest his strained right hamstring. Mora has not played since June 21, but is close to making a return.

“Being banged up, this gives a chance to come back and go with our first string,” Mazzilli said.

Cleveland has won four of five and 13 of its last 18 to move into third place in the AL Central.

The Indians outscored the Boston Red Sox 19-8 in winning the first two games of their series at Fenway Park before losing 5-2 on Wednesday.

Catcher Victor Martinez continued his hot hitting with his ninth home run of the season. Martinez is batting .405 (17-for-42) with three homers and 13 RBIs during his 11-game hitting streak.

Teammate Travis Hafner went 0-for-2 with two walks on Wednesday after hitting two homers and four doubles and driving in eight runs in the first two games of the series.

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15-15 Record 3-2
4.49 ERA 6.34
119 K 18
56 BB 21
1.30 WHIP 1.75