BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 29: Derek Lowe #26 of the Cleveland Indians misses the ball at first base allowing Brian Roberts #1 of the Baltimore Orioles to be safe during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 29, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles will both be looking to gain ground in their divisions during their three game set starting on Friday.
The Cleveland Indians will be doing a bit of standings watching as the Detroit Tigers face the Chicago White Sox in a series during the weekend. Cleveland will have to hope for a split of some sort between the two teams ahead of them in the AL Central if they want to catch up, but they'll also need to play better baseball than they have as of late with a series against the similarly faltering Baltimore Orioles coming up.
Balitmore is currently in second place of the AL East, while Cleveland is stuck in third in the Central. Both teams led their divisions for good chunks of time preceding the All-Star Break. Both teams are looking to get back in the form that had them top before, while both teams toe the line of contention.
Game one will see Cleveland send out Derek Lowe (8-7, 4.43 ERA) to the mound to face off against rookie Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.59 ERA) from the Orioles. Gonzalez had spent the start of the season playing as a reliever but was brought into a starter's role recently after injuries started to plague the Baltimore rotation and he put together a string of solid bullpen performances.
The game will be at Progressive Field at 7:05 p.m. ET.
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