Corey Kluber and Miguel Gonzalez aren't twins, but that hasn't kept the two pitchers -- both righties -- from putting together eerily similar numbers during the month of June.
Kluber and Gonzalez have each made four starts this month. They both own 3-1 records and 2.60 ERAs. While Kluber has allowed 10 runs (eight earned) and 28 hits over 27 2/3 innings, Gonzalez has given up eight runs and 17 hits in 27 2/3 innings. Gonzalez has 19 strikeouts and seven unintentional walks and Kluber has 23 strikeouts and five walks.
The two right-handers will meet on Thursday in the finale of a four-game series between Cleveland and Baltimore. The Tribe took Wednesday's contest, 4-3, meaning the Orioles must win on Thursday for a series split. In 13 games (11 starts) for the Indians, Kluber is 6-4 with a 3.68 ERA. Gonzalez is 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA over 12 starts for the O's.
In his last outing, Kluber, 27, beat Minnesota for his third win in as many starts. He surrendered eight hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking one. Kluber and Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis shared American League Player of the Week honors for June 10-16, during which Kluber went 2-0 and allowed just one run over 16 innings of work.
"I've been gaining confidence each time out, trying to build on the last one," Kluber said. "Just trying to pound the strike zone, really. Try to keep it simple, not make it too complicated."
As for Gonzalez, 29, he has put together quality starts in nine of his 13 outings, including his last one. On Saturday in Toronto, Gonzalez allowed three runs and three hits over 7 1/3 innings, but his three-start winning streak came to an end, anyway.
What did Gonzalez have working that day?
"My command," Gonzalez said. "Getting strike one -- I know I was falling behind, ball one, and then I would come back and even it out, 1-1. That happened to a lot of hitters that I faced that day. But [pitching] is basically just getting ahead of hitters and making them think what's coming next."
Indians: Kipnis making All-Star push
Cleveland scored its first two runs of Wednesday's win via a fourth-inning homer from Kipnis. The Indians second baseman went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and a walk.
Kipnis has reached base safely in 28 straight ballgames, dating back to May 26. In that span, he's hitting .364 (36-for-99) with 21 RBIs and 16 runs scored. In the month of June, Kipnis is batting .405 (32-for-79).
Through 68 games, Kipnis has a .288 batting average, 11 home runs and 45 RBIs.
Orioles: Machado's doubles piling up
Manny Machado's leadoff double in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game did more than ruin Scott Kazmir's no-hit bid. It also gave him 36 two-baggers on the season, a number no player had reached before the All-Star break since at least 1997.
Machado finished the night with two hits, a run scored and an RBI in four at-bats. In 79 games, he's batting .319 with five home runs and 39 RBIs.
In addition to leading the Major Leagues in doubles, he also paces baseball in multihit games, with 33. Including Thursday, Machado still has 17 games to build on his doubles total before the Midsummer Classic in New York next month.
• In taking two of the three games that have been played in this series, Cleveland has outscored the Orioles, 12-11.
• After Thursday, the two clubs will meet next on Sept. 2-4, when the Indians are scheduled to host Baltimore for three games at Progressive Field.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.