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MIN@CLE: Kazmir fans seven over seven strong innings

Take a look at Scott Kazmir's starts this season, and you might be reminded of a box of chocolates.

Kazmir has had 12 outings, holding the opponent to three runs or fewer in half of them and surrendering four runs or more in the other half. You never know what you're going to get.

Kazmir will make this 13th start of the year on Wednesday at Camden Yards, opposite Orioles righty Jason Hammel. Baltimore came back to win on Tuesday, 6-3, giving each team a victory so far in this four-game series.

In his last visit to the hill, Kazmir effectively neutralized the Twins, holding them to one run over seven stellar innings while striking out seven hitters, five of whom looked at 93- or 94-mph fastballs for strike three.

"This was more the guy that we expect to see," Indians manager Terry Francona said afterward.

Overall, Kazmir is 4-4 with a 5.37 ERA. Over 62 innings, he has issued 23 walks and struck out 62.

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis has faced Kazmir seven times in his career, with a pair of singles and four strikeouts.

The first baseman has inserted his name into the American League Most Valuable Player conversation with his ferocious output, batting .333 with 24 doubles, 28 home runs and 72 RBIs through 77 games.

Lately, however, his torrid pace had slowed a bit, as he hit .214 with one home run and four RBIs during Baltimore's recent four-game losing streak, which ended with Tuesday's win.

Does O's manager Buck Showalter ever think twice about using Davis during such offensive lulls?

"Sure," Showalter said. "It's what you do as a hitting coach or manager or infield coach, you never assume anything. But Chris is in a good place mentally. And he knows -- it's not like he's building up a cache and [saying], 'OK, now I can take some time off.' He don't look at it that way. … He doesn't get comfortable."

Of course, Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Tuesday, so he hasn't exactly reached "slouch" status.

Indians: Cabrera hoping to return on Wednesday
If Asdrubal Cabrera get his way, he'll come off the disabled list on Wednesday and start at shortstop in that evening's game. Cabrera, who has been on the 15-day DL since June 3 with a strained right quad, said on Tuesday that his body has returned to full strength and that he won't need a rehab stint before suiting up.

"I'm 100 percent," said Cabrera. "I ran the bases [on Monday] and I felt really, really good."

In 53 games, Cabrera has hit .254 with five home runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 25 RBIs and 28 runs.

Orioles: Hammel to make second start since virus
Wednesday's start will be Hammel's second since a stomach virus set him down for more than a week earlier in June. His most recent start came in Toronto on Friday, when he allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision.

"Stuff-wise, [it was] comparable to the best all year. I felt great," said Hammel, who at one point retired 10 straight batters.

In 15 starts this season, Hammel is 7-4 with a 5.30 ERA. In 86 2/3 innings, he has 30 walks and 61 strikeouts.

• Baltimore has hit 108 home runs, the most in baseball.

Worth noting
• Cleveland has won five of its past seven games.

•  The Orioles have lost four of their last five. Comments