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STL@BAL: Jimenez throws six strong in return from DL

Ubaldo Jimenez will look to string together two wins in a row for the first time since early May when he takes the mound against the Indians on Saturday.

Jimenez was activated after a month-long stint on the disabled list last Saturday ahead of his six-inning, six-hit win over the Cardinals. He turned in a quality start despite struggling with control early on. The right-hander said it was nice to be back and contributing with the American League East-leading Orioles.

"It felt great," said Jimenez, who's 4-8 with a 4.51 ERA in 19 starts this season. "It felt like every pitch means something right now, because everyone is aware of what we are doing."

Jimenez is 0-1 in one career start against Cleveland. He's making his 10th start on the road, where he's 2-2 with a 3.70 ERA.

Opposing Jimenez will be Carlos Carrasco, who worked five scoreless innings and allowed no walks and two hits against the Yankees on Sunday in what was his first start since April. He has a 2.06 ERA in his last 27 games.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Carrasco's outing was impressive.

"Carlos goes out there and I think the hope was that he'd pitch well," Francona said. "But to get through five and the way he did it, and to stay in his delivery, to hold his stuff, to command his pitches, to change speeds, that was really exciting."

Carrasco, who had assumed a long-relief role after moving to the bullpen in April following an 0-3 showing in four starts, said he stuck with his bullpen routine, and it appears to have paid off. With the win, he snapped a streak of 17 consecutive starts without a win, which was tied for the longest such drought in franchise history.

"That helped a lot. I went into the stretch and, like I said before, I didn't change anything," Carrasco said. "I was just going to do the same with everything. I think the time I was in the bullpen helped me mentally and everything."

Indians: Bourn's return
Cleveland activated center fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, but kept him on the bench with a lefty on the mound for the Orioles. Francona noted that Bourn will start on Saturday and possibly on Sunday, depending on how he bounces back after his first game after his latest bout with a left hamstring injury.

Francona said Cleveland will be cautious with Bourn's return, knowing that his speed is an integral part of his game.

"He gets asked so much about stolen bases and things like that, that he cares," Francona said. "He really wants to be able to do the right thing and he understands how he helps us win. Having that speed back will be really good, but we wanted to make sure we didn't rush it and get him back to where he can't move around."

Orioles: Machado will rehab with team
Injured Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will continue his rehab with the team, as the 22-year-old was with the O's in Cleveland and could be ready to go out and play some games with an affiliate upon the completion of the nine-game road trip.

"The exercises that he is doing now, and some things he's doing to strengthen some other areas with Brady [Anderson] and Joe Hogarty and the trainers [are helping]. I think we just want to keep ... our arms around that and make sure that we stay on top of that, because that's going to be very key to him staying healthy," manager Buck Showalter said of Machado, who was diagnosed with a ligament sprain in his right knee.

Worth noting
• The Orioles had their streak of eight straight series-opening wins snapped in Friday's 11-inning 2-1 loss to the Tribe.

• Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to the starting lineup on Friday for the first time in almost a week, having tested his sprained left thumb earlier in the day and deemed good to go. He went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

• Francona announced Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start on Sunday against Baltimore. As a result, left-hander T.J. House will temporarily shift to the bullpen. Comments