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Hardy makes a great over-the-shoulder catch

While J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis were sidelined for all of the Orioles series against the Blue Jays, both should be back in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the White Sox at Camden Yards.

A CT scan on Hardy's left ankle and an MRI on Davis' right shoulder on Sunday each revealed no structural damage.

"Yeah, [Davis and Hardy are] progressing well and excited about what we got back from the CT scan and MRI," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "[We] feel like it's pretty imminent that they're back on the field shortly."

In their absence, the Orioles have been forced to use a reworked infield, with slugger Mark Reynolds moving from third to first and Robert Andino filling in at shortstop.

It'll be White Sox left-hander John Danks' job to shut down a revamped Orioles lineup if both return. Yet, that shouldn't be an issue for Danks, who is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his last seven starts.

Danks didn't have his best stuff against the Yankees on Tuesday, giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings for the loss. Allowing four runs over the first three innings, it matched the total number of runs he had allowed over his previous six starts, during which he posted a 0.98 ERA over 36 2/3 innings.

Danks was able to hold the Yankees bats silent after the third inning, but the White Sox weren't able to help the lefty in an eventual 6-0 loss.

"He paid the price because the pitch count was deep. He couldn't have his best stuff," manager Ozzie Guillen said after the game. "When you're facing a team like that, they make you work. They bring the right approach to the plate. They don't swing at many bad pitches."

White Sox: Stance change pays off for Rios
A change in the positioning of his hands has contributed to White Sox center fielder Alex Rios' recent success. Rios has moved his hands higher and changed where he holds the bat prior to the pitch.

Rios had three hits in Saturday's contest and went 2-for-4 with a homer on Sunday.

"I hope he keeps swinging the bat like that, we need it," Guillen said before Sunday's 7-0 win over the Twins. "I don't know what he did, I never asked him what he did. I told him the other day to raise himself up. I don't know if it was that, but the last couple days, he's swung the bat better."

Orioles: Guthrie takes hill
• Jeremy Guthrie will make the start for the O's on Monday, after receiving his 15th loss of the season Wednesday night against the Royals. Charged with six runs and eight hits in seven innings, the right-hander had a quality start going until giving up a three-run homer to Billy Butler in the seventh.

• After a strained left intercostal muscle landed Brian Matusz on the disabled list earlier in the season and following a 1-4 record with a 8.77 ERA in June, the left-hander finally seems to be making progress with Triple-A Norfolk.

Matusz got his first win of the season for Norfolk on Saturday, completing seven innings and allowing one earned run on five hits, with two walks and six strikeouts, in a 9-1 win over Rochester. The quality start comes on the heels of another seven-inning outing on July 31 in which Matusz gave up three earned runs on six hits, including two home runs, while striking out two and walking a batter.

"He got hit with a ball in the ankle early on last night, but continued on through seven," Showalter said. "It's better, a little bit better each time out. [Matusz] looked a lot better physically, too, on the mound, from the pitches I saw."

Worth Noting
• Orioles left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes threw a bullpen session on Sunday and will likely make a spot start on Tuesday instead of Zach Britton.

• The White Sox are the only team in the American League with a winning record on the road (31-26) but a losing mark at home (24-32).

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