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No place like home for Hendrickson, O's

No place like home for Hendrickson, O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles will head for the restorative powers of their home base on Wednesday, when they play host to a Minnesota team whose performance mirrors their own. The Twins are 9-8 at home and 4-7 on the road so far this season, and the Orioles hope to improve upon their 7-8 record at Camden Yards.

"We're always looking forward to going back to Camden," said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley, whose team has gone 3-9 on the road this season. "Hopefully, we can put a streak together of winning games."

The Orioles are playing through a remarkably adverse portion of their schedule right now, a run that saw them go 1-4 on their current road trip and 4-15 over the last three weeks. And with that in mind, they'll start their series against the Twins, who have beaten them in the season series in each of the last six years.

Minnesota, in fact, beat the Orioles all seven times they played in 2007, setting a franchise first for Baltimore. That's only happened 13 times in American League history, and although the Orioles tied the season series last year, they'll have to get some solid pitching in the next three days to get back on the right track.

Mark Hendrickson will get the ball in the series opener, and he'll bring a 1-1 career record with a 4.97 ERA against Minnesota. The Orioles have gone through a difficult stretch of pitching that has seen their starters account for just two wins since April 14, a streak that goes a long way to account for their current record.

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Mark Hendrickson (1-4, 5.79 ERA)
In his loss to Roy Halladay on May 1, Hendrickson had a good curveball for the first three innings and then got a couple of pitches up in the zone and he gave up four runs in the fourth that proved to be his undoing. Hendrickson allowed too many baserunners in his stint of five-plus innings, as the Blue Jays had nine hits, two walks and a hit batter.

MIN: RHP Kevin Slowey (4-0, 5.17 ERA)
After retiring the first six batters he faced in his start against the Royals, Slowey found himself in trouble in each of his next three innings. The right-hander would pitch just five innings in the contest, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four. But Slowey was able to come out with a win as he received plenty of run support.

Bird bites
Nick Markakis snapped his 35-game streak of reaching base safely -- the longest such streak in the Major Leagues -- on Tuesday. ... Gregg Zaun ended a skid of 104 at-bats without a home run on Tuesday, when he went deep for the first time since September 6 of last season. ... Brian Roberts has homered in two straight games. ... The Orioles are just 2-10 when their opposing starter goes six innings and 0-15 when trailing after eight.

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Up next
• Thursday: Orioles (Brad Bergesen, 1-0, 5.17) vs. Twins (Glen Perkins, 1-2, 3.34), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 2-2, 5.05) vs. Yankees (CC Sabathia, 1-3, 4.85), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Orioles (Adam Eaton, 1-3, 7.18) vs. Yankees (Phil Hughes, 1-1, 2.70), 7:05 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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