Cleveland (18-10) at Baltimore (14-17)

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  • Game info: 12:35 pm EDT Mon May 7, 2007
  • TV: STO, MASN
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Fausto Carmona probably didn’t deserve to be sent to the minors. Due to an injury, he’ll get another chance to prove he belongs in the majors.

Carmona and the Cleveland Indians look to gain a split of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards.

Carmona (2-1, 3.76 ERA) pitched very well for the third straight start April 29 in a 6-1 win over the Orioles, allowing one run and six hits over a career-best 8 1-3 innings. Despite a 2.04 ERA in those three starts, Carmona was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo two days later to make room for starter Cliff Lee, who missed the first month of the season with an abdomen strain.

Carmona, though, was the obvious choice to rejoin Cleveland’s rotation with Jake Westbrook now sidelined with a strained oblique.

Indians manager Eric Wedge isn’t concerned that Carmona will be facing the same team twice in eight days.

“I think it depends on the team and the individual,” Wedge told the Indians’ official Web site. “I think it can go either way.”

Carmona is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA in four career games, including two starts, against the Orioles.

Cleveland (18-10) earned its first win of this series after pounding out a season-high 16 hits in a 9-6 victory Sunday.

Trot Nixon had a career-high five hits and four RBIs, and C.C. Sabathia went seven innings to improve to 5-0 for the Indians, winners of 11 of 14.

Nixon, signed as a free agent in January after spending his entire career with Boston, raised his batting average 49 points to .320.

“I was just fortunate to have the kind of day that I did today. I found the holes when I needed to,” Nixon said. “Having those kind of at-bats, it’s a morale booster. The biggest thing for us is just winning the ballgame. We lost two games in a row here.”

After getting strong starts from Erik Bedard and Daniel Cabrera in the first two games of this series, the Orioles (14-17) weren’t as fortunate Sunday as Brian Burres struggled in his first career start.

Burres, filling in for the injured Adam Loewen, allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Ramon Hernandez had four hits and drove in four runs for the second straight game for Baltimore, which has lost 10 of 13 since opening the season 11-7.

Hernandez, recently moved into the cleanup spot, is fourth on the Orioles with 14 RBIs in only nine games. He missed the first 22 games of the season with a strained left oblique.

Steve Trachsel (1-3, 4.08) will try to help the Orioles beat the Indians for the fifth time in six games at Camden Yards.

The veteran right-hander pitched effectively in a 3-2 loss at Detroit on Wednesday, giving up three runs and eight hits in seven innings. He has surrendered more than three runs only once in six starts overall, and is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts this season at home.

Trachsel is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in two career starts against the Indians, but hasn’t faced them since June 15, 2004 with the New York Mets.

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R. Hernández LAD vs. S. Trachsel Bal
19-8 Record 7-11
3.06 ERA 4.90
137 K 56
61 BB 76
1.21 WHIP 1.59

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Monday, May 7