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BAL@TB: Gonzalez works five innings in return from DL

It can often take pitchers a little time to shake the off rust after missing time with an injury. Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez hopes it takes just one outing.

After giving up four runs and eight hits over five innings in his return to action on June 17 vs. the Rays, Gonzalez will take on the White Sox and lefty Jose Quintana on Tuesday in Baltimore. The Orioles' righty had been on the disabled list for just over two weeks with a strained right oblique.

"I thought that [rehab] game in [Double-A] Bowie, I got out there and did what I had to do to come back and see how it felt, and I felt great," Gonzalez said after picking up the win against Tampa Bay, despite not having his best stuff. "But next time, just come out there and try to make pitches when you need to."

Quintana turned in a strong start against the Twins on Thursday, allowing two runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked one and fanned six, but didn't pick up a decision. On the season, the 25-year-old has a 3.87 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 2.88 K/BB ratio.

Quintana has a Major League-high 32 no-decisions since 2012, and he's received just 4.14 runs per game from his offense in that time.

"You don't have to say anything to him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's just as frustrated as anybody else, but he just continues to pitch. I don't think he sits there and begs for runs, but I'm sure he'd like some runs."

White Sox: Guerra returns to action
White Sox reliever Javy Guerra pitched an inning of scoreless relief with two strikeouts in Monday's 6-4 loss, his first appearance since June 17.

Guerra had been dealing with a minor leg injury, but after throwing a side session over the weekend, he felt ready to return.

"He's stepped in," Ventura said. "He's got some velocity, got some downward angle. If you're looking for a strikeout guy, he's probably the guy for us that's going to be able to do that. He's come up and been the strikeout guy we've needed."

Orioles: Norris good to go for next start
Bud Norris is expected to make his next start despite leaving his last one with an injured right groin. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the righty is currently scheduled to throw the second game of a doubleheader on Friday against the Rays.

With a day off Thursday, though, Chris Tillman could go Friday if Norris needs more time. Tillman pitched seven shutout innings against the Yankees on Sunday and would be on regular rest.

Top prospect Kevin Gausman, Baltimore's first-round pick in 2012, is scheduled to start the first game of the twin bill. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA in four starts this season.

Worth noting
• Chris Davis was out of the starting lineup Monday with lefty Chris Sale on the mound for Chicago, but the O's slugger was nonetheless the hero of the game with a pinch-hit, walk-off three-run homer.

• Jose Abreu was the White Sox designated hitter Monday because he was back in Chicago tending to a personal matter Sunday night. Abreu hit his 22nd home run as part of a two-hit, three-RBI night.

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