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BAL@DET: Britton earns his first win of the year

Jason Kipnis has been on a tear at the plate lately, and he'll look to carry that hot hitting into Baltimore, as the Orioles host the Indians for a four-game set that starts on Monday at Camden Yards.

It's the first game of an 11-game, 11-day road trip for Cleveland -- and it could be critical, given how the Indians' last road trip began.

Cleveland lost the first seven games of its first road trip in June, including consecutive sweeps by the Yankees and Tigers.

Kipnis, though, has remained steady. He extended his on-base streak to 25 games on Sunday with a first-inning walk. He also doubled home a run in the third inning, singled in the seventh and hit another double in the ninth. The left-handed hitter is batting .400 (28-for-70) in June, with 15 RBIs and 12 walks.

The Indians are coming off a winning homestand, including three consecutive series victories over the Nationals, Royals and Twins. They'll count on Ubaldo Jimenez to get the road trip started on the right foot on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Orioles are looking to rebound from a series sweep at the hands of the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have won 11 games in a row, to storm back above the .500 mark and into the conversation in the American League East. Three of those victories were over the Orioles -- with Sunday's final being a blowout.

Baltimore had taken two of three from the Tigers to begin its road trip, and three of four from the Red Sox before that. Heading to Toronto, the Orioles were within spitting distance of the first-place Red Sox. But the sweep sets them back a bit.

After four games with the Indians, the Orioles will host the Yankees for three, looking to get back on track in their division.

Zach Britton is scheduled to take the mound on Monday for the O's, his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. In his first start, he went 5 1/3 innings in Detroit and got the win after he gave up just one earned.

Indians: Swisher back in the lineup
• Nick Swisher batted cleanup on Sunday against the Twins, his first time in the lineup in more than a week. The switch-hitter played first base and went 0-for-5 at the plate in the Tribe's 5-3 loss.

Swisher, who received a cortisone shot last week, missed seven games between appearances.

In his previous 19 games entering Monday, he's hitting .125 (9-for-72) with 20 strikeouts.

Orioles: Victims of the long ball
• While the Orioles have hit more home runs (104) than any team in the Majors, they've also given up more than any other team (107).

With an offense that ranks at or near the top in many important offensive statistical categories, Baltimore's pitching staff has been a weakness for the team thus far this season.

The Orioles surrendered seven home runs to the Blue Jays during the three-game sweep in Toronto.

Worth noting
• The Orioles are now 1-3 in games when trying to avoid a sweep, and are 0-5 when going for a sweep.

• The Orioles have more wins than any other AL team since April 20, with 34. The Indians have the second-most (33) over that time span.

• The Indians are 14-7 in one-run games this season and have the AL's second-highest winning percentage in such games over the past five seasons. The Orioles have the highest winning percentage in the AL in one-run games over that time frame. Comments