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Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians, July 23, 2012: Fan Preview

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With the 4-3 loss by the Cleveland Indians to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 22 the Tribe falls below the .500 mark for the first time since April. Currently they sit 5 ½ games back in the AL Central but with the caliber of ball they have been playing in recent weeks, it is quickly becoming realistic that our beloved Indians are not going to do great things this season.

Cleveland will have a chance to avoid a four-game sweep on Monday, July 23 as they send Justin Masterson to the hill to face off against Tommy Hunter. The Indians desperately need to start building momentum with the division leading Detroit Tigers heading into town on Tuesday to begin a three-game set.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Justin Masterson (6-8, 4.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Orioles' Tommy Hunter (4-4, 5.71 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 47-48 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 24-24 when playing at home and have won three of their last 10 games.

Baltimore comes into the matchup with a 51-44 record and in second place in the American League East. They are 28-22 when playing on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 4-3 in favor of the Orioles.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .295 batting average, Asdrubal Cabrera- 12 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 53 runs batted in.

Baltimore: Adam Jones- .290 batting average, Adam Jones- 22 home runs, Adam Jones- 50 runs batted in.

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Sources:

All statistics provided by MLB.com

Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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