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HOU@BAL: Norris fans eight, earns win in O's debut

The Orioles begin an eight-game West Coast swing on Tuesday when they visit San Diego for an Interleague matchup against the Padres.

Baltimore is off on Monday, then opens a stretch of 11 games against the National League West. Bud Norris will take the mound for the Orioles on Tuesday in his second start with his new club.

Norris, acquired from the Astros at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, tossed six innings of two-run ball on Thursday. The right-hander said his goal was to get on the same page as catcher Matt Wieters in that start, and they seemed to work well.

"I think it went well," Wieters said. "There weren't many shakeoffs at all. It's something where he had command of everything so it makes it easier for a catcher."

Norris' first start with the Orioles was against the Astros, which might have been strange for him. But Norris should be more comfortable Tuesday at Petco Park, where had a 2.77 ERA in two starts with Houston.

The Padres, meanwhile, are 4-2 on their eight-game homestand, taking two out of three from both the Reds and Yankees. San Diego is also off on Monday, as the club waits to see if shortstop Everth Cabrera is suspended for violating baseball's Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Cabrera has been linked to Biogenesis, the shuttered South Florida clinic that's under investigation for allegedly supplying banned substances to players. The All-Star could be among as many as a dozen players to be suspended.

Edinson Volquez will start for San Diego. The right-hander fired 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball his last time out against the Reds. The Padres have won each of Volquez's past three starts at Petco Park, where he's 5-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 11 outings this season.

Orioles: Roberts to return
Orioles infielder Brian Roberts is expected to be reinstated from the paternity list on Tuesday.

Roberts was placed on the paternity list on Friday, when his wife, Diana, gave birth to the couple's first child, Jax Isaac. Roberts will travel with the team from Baltimore to San Diego on Monday.

Roberts is hitting .245 with five doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs in 30 games this season.

Padres: Quentin works his way back from knee injury
The Padres hope left fielder Carlos Quentin, nursing a sore right knee, will benefit from a day off Monday and return to the lineup on Tuesday. Quentin tweaked his knee last Tuesday and has not played since.

Quentin has been taking swings in the batting cage, getting treatment and working in the weight room while he waits to be cleared to run. In 82 games this season, he is hitting .275 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs.

"He's had difficulty running at the speed he needs to for a Major League game," said Padres manager Bud Black.

• Padres outfielder Will Venable is hitting .392 (20-for-51) over his past 16 games with five doubles, three home runs and six RBIs. He tied his career high with his 13th home run on Friday, 10 of which have come at Petco Park.

Worth noting
• The Orioles are 4-8 over their past 12 games after starting the second half with four straight wins.

• Padres veteran Mark Kotsay is 4-for-9 lifetime against Norris with three doubles and two RBIs.

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