After a brief hiccup against the Indians, the Orioles are back to dominating, and with a win against the White Sox on Wednesday, they could have their first three-game sweep of the second half and increase an American League East lead that currently sits at 8 1/2 games.
Wei-Yin Chen (12-4), who will be on the mound for Baltimore, has been exceptional in the second half and lowered his ERA to 3.76 with seven one-run innings in a loss to Cleveland on Friday. His changeup, which isn't always one of his go-to pitches, was particularly strong against the Tribe.
"Fortunately, it worked pretty well," Chen said through an interpreter after that start. "That's one of the reasons I could get control of this game."
Chicago will turn to the improving Hector Noesi as it tries to stave off the sweep.
Noesi (7-8) was far from excellent against the Blue Jays on Friday -- he allowed five runs in five-plus innings -- but his ERA has dropped all the way from 14.21 to 4.84 since being claimed on waivers from the Rangers on April 24. He hadn't started a game this season until he joined the White Sox and has come out of the bullpen only once.
"It means, to me, a lot, because this is my dream right here -- being a starter," Noesi said on Friday. "Every time I go there and help my team, it's a lot to me."
White Sox: Abreu ends drought, ties homers lead
After 77 plate appearances, the wait is over. First baseman Jose Abreu hit his 32nd home run of the season.
Abreu, who is now tied with Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton for the Major League homer lead, went deep for the first time since July 29 and the first time at home since July 4.
"He's hitting for average; he's had some big hits for us. The power stuff will be there," manager Robin Ventura said before Tuesday's 5-1 loss. "Watching him take batting practice, you know he still has power. It's not like it disappeared. He might not hit a home run, people are pitching him different.
"There could be a few things going on there. I like him in our lineup, and I still want him on our team."
Orioles: Jimenez moves to bullpen
Ubaldo Jimenez's rocky season has knocked him out of the rotation. Though he's only pitched in relief once in his career, he will join the bullpen, and could be available on Wednesday.
Jimenez, 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA, signed a four-year, $50 million deal this offseason.
Miguel Gonzalez will return from the Minors to start on Sunday.
"You got your reasons, he doesn't have to agree with them," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been a great teammate, a professional. Has got a good heart. He wants to do well. It's not like he's pitched poorly all year, it's just with 39 games left, [we want to] see how Gonzo does."
• White Sox pick Carlos Rodon on Tuesday became the only member of the 2014 Draft class to reach Triple-A. Rodon allowed one run on one hit and three walks in three innings for Charlotte in a loss to Gwinnett.
• The O's have won nine of their last 10 series and have lost just two since the All-Star break.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.