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CLE@TB: Masterson fans eight in seven shutout frames

The Indians will simply be glad to be back on a field on Friday, when they open a three-game series against the White Sox in a matchup of American League Central rivals.

Cleveland's last two games were postponed due to inclement weather. The Indians have not played since Tuesday, when they lost to the Yankees, 14-1, to fall to 1-5 in their last six games.

The Indians will turn to sinkerballer Justin Masterson as they look for their first win since Sunday. Masterson has won both of his starts this year and boasts an 0.69 ERA.

"I've been roughly where I want to be," Masterson said. "There are a lot of things that I brought into camp that I wanted to work on, and worked on through spring, that I've for the most part been able to implement. I've also caught some breaks, which is good. That's what helps anybody out, to catch a few breaks here and there."

Masterson is the only Cleveland starter to earn a victory. The rest of the rotation is 0-5, with an 8.70 ERA.

The White Sox -- particularly slugger Adam Dunn and outfielder Dayan Viciedo -- will simply be glad to be back in an AL ballpark after being swept in a three-game series by the Nationals. Dunn, primarily a designated hitter, sat out the first game of the Interleague series. Viciedo did not play in the final two games.

"We've had Viciedo, Dunn out for these games, but [the players] like it," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "The pitchers like it -- they can swing the bat -- and the bench guys are always ready. You never know when you have to go in."

The White Sox have dropped five of their last seven games and learned on Thursday that second baseman Gordan Beckham will be sidelined for six weeks because of a fracture of the hamate bone, an injury that will require surgery.

Beckham had been a bright spot during Chicago's slow start, with six singles in 19 at-bats over seven games. He was also playing solid defense, perhaps the best of his career.

"Gordon looked pretty good and had gotten off to a nice start. I know he was feeling confident, and he's frustrated," said general manager Rick Hahn.

The White Sox placed Beckham on the disabled list and will make a corresponding roster move before Friday's game. Although Chicago has plenty of options, the club likely will recall infielder Brent Morell from Triple-A Charlotte. Morell appeared in 35 games for the White Sox last year and played in 126 games with Chicago in 2011.

White Sox: Quintana pushed back
Left-hander Jose Quintana takes the mound in the series opener after being moved back a day in the rotation.

Quintana did not have a great season debut, against the Mariners on April 5, falling apart after committing an error during Seattle's five-run fifth inning and also allowing hits on four straight pitches. He went four-plus innings and allowed six runs in a no-decision.

Quintana made his Major League debut against the Indians last season in a relief appearance, allowing just one hit over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He made his first career start, against Cleveland, nearly three weeks later, going six innings to earn his first big league win.

Indians: Santana on the mend
Catcher Carlos Santana is quickly recovering from a bruised left thumb after being hit by a fastball during the ninth inning of Monday's loss to the Yankees. He caught a bullpen session and took swings in the indoor batting cages on Thursday.

His progression has pleased manager Terry Francona.

"I asked him, 'If you had your choice, when would you play?' He said, 'Tomorrow,'" Francona said on Thursday. "I don't think that's going to happen, but I think that's really good news. That means he's not very far off and that the process is moving along quickly."

Santana hit .500 with two homers, four doubles, four walks, five runs and five RBIs in seven games before the injury.

Worth noting
• Dunn is 9-for-25 in his career against Masterson, with one home run, two doubles and three RBIs.

• The Indians are winless in two games at home, while the White Sox are winless in three games on the road. Comments