Weekend preview: O's at Cleveland

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Orioles (60-92) at Cleveland (61-91)

Tonight the Orioles begin a three-game series in Cleveland and they'll face a team that is currently struggling worse than they are.

While the Orioles are out to break a season-long, seven-game losing streak, Cleveland has lost 11 games in a row.

It's the Tribe's longest streak since losing a club-record 12 in a row in May of 1931.

Pitching Matchups - Cleveland series:
Fri, 7:05p - David Hernandez (4-8, 5.34) vs. Fausto Carmona (3-12, 6.89)
Sat, 7:05p - Jason Berken (5-12, 6.41) vs. Jeremy Sowers (6-10, 4.92)
Sun, 1:05p - Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) vs. David Huff (10-8, 5.98)

The O's began the season's last road trip, a ten-game, 11-day trip, by getting swept three straight at Toronto by a 22-10 score.

The O's finished this season 1-8 at Rogers Centre and are 10-27 there since 2006.

During their seven-game losing streak:
*O's have been out-scored 48-19
*Team average is .238
*Team ERA is 5.95

The O's last win was a 4-2 decision over Tampa on September 16th.

Magnificent Matt - Matt Wieters continued his recent torrid hitting as he went 2 for 4 with a solo homer Wednesday at Toronto. His average is up to a season-best, .290.

The latest on Wieters:
Toronto series: 6 for 13, HR, 2 RBI, 2 doubles
Six-game hitting streak: 13 for 25 (.520)
Last ten games: 18 for 38, .474-3-12
Last 18 games: Batting .388 (26 for 67)
As the number three hitter: 12 for 22 (.545)

In addition to losing 11 in a row, the Tribe has lost 20 of 23 and 21 of its last 25 games. Cleveland is 0-3 on its current homestand, after getting swept by Detroit and is 31-44 at home on the year.

This is Cleveland's 10th double figure losing streak in club history.

The Orioles and Cleveland split a four-game series at Camden Yards in late August, the only previous series they've played this season. The clubs have split their past 18 games.

O's hitters, this year vs. Cleveland:
Andino: 1-2, run
Aubrey: 0-1
Fiorentino: 0-0
Izturis: 4-15, 2 rbi
Markakis: 5-18, HR, 4 rbi
Moeller: 2-2, HR, rbi
Montanez: 0-0
Mora: 4-12, HR, rbi
Pie: 6-13, 2 HR, 5 rbi
Roberts: 2-13, rbi
Rodriguez: 0-0
Scott: 4-11, 3 2B, 2 rbi
Turner: 0-0
Wieters: 6-16, 2 2B, HR, 5 rbi
Wigginton: 6-14, 5 runs, rbi

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