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HOU@LAA: Shoemaker fans seven over six strong innings

The Orioles' 10-game road trip makes its second stop as Baltimore heads to one of the most difficult road environments on Monday when it visits Anaheim.

At 34-16, the Angels have the best home record in baseball. Coming off a loss to the Athletics, the O's are off to a 1-2 start to their trip and hold a three-game lead in the American League East. The Orioles, though, will look to take the opener against rookie pitcher Matt Shoemaker, who is 7-2 with a 4.38 ERA.

Shoemaker has served in a swing role for Los Angeles this season, making nine starts and six appearances out of the bullpen. He hasn't started since July 3.

"I'm here to do whatever I need to do," Shoemaker said, "whatever gets us to the World Series and helps us win the World Series."

The O's will turn to Bud Norris, and the start will be just his second in a month with the Orioles. He headed to the disabled list after a June 21 start and pitched again on July 7 before being optioned ahead of the All-Star break.

"He's already had his All-Star break," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.

Angels: Street debuts for contending Anaheim
New relief pitcher Huston Street entered the game in the ninth inning of a tied game Saturday and recorded a scoreless inning in his first game in the AL since 2008. The 30-year-old closer gave up a single but also recorded a strikeout against the Mariners.

"It's the first time we've seen him close up in a while but it's good to see the ball coming out of his hand so well," Halos manager Mike Scioscia said. "His velocity was better than it probably had been when we saw him last. He just looked a tick crisper and he can change speeds with the best of them and has really good command."

Street threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes and mixed his pitches well -- eight sinkers, five changeups and four sliders. He has five saves in 12 games against Baltimore with a 2.19 ERA.

Los Angeles acquired Street in a six-player trade on Friday night that moved Joe Smith from the closer's role and into a setup position in the bullpen.

Orioles: Jimenez throws out of stretch
Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez threw his second bullpen on Sunday morning since going on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain. He spent part of the session pitching out of the stretch, which is the next challenge for the right-hander to overcome in his rehab.

Jimenez appeared a bit hesitant to push off his right foot, and he was noticeably limping afterward as he went to receive treatment. Showalter reiterated that Jimenez could make a rehab start as soon as Wednesday, but only if he responds well after Sunday.

"It's all predicated on today, so we'll see," Showalter said. "Watching him move around is not real encouraging, but I don't know if he's just protecting it."

Jimenez has injured his right ankle before, at the end of the 2012 season, and he knows it can take time to reduce the swelling.

"Those kind of things, especially for a pitcher, it's not easy to get it going right away because that's my push-off leg," Jimenez said Saturday. "But the swelling has been going down."

Worth noting
• Baltimore right-hander Darren O'Day has not allowed a run in his last 11 outings. His 1.06 ERA is best among qualifying American League relievers.

• Since May 29, Anaheim outfielder Kole Calhoun leads the Majors with 39 runs scored. Comments