Coming off his second scoreless start in his last three outings, T.J. House returns to the mound on Tuesday with the Indians aiming for their third straight win.
House will be making his second career start against the White Sox, as Cleveland opens a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field -- hoping to make up ground in both the American League Central and Wild Card races.
The first and third starts of August by House have resulted in 10 1/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts, nine hits and five walks. He has a 1.65 ERA for the month, as his Aug. 7 outing was a quality one in which he permitted three earned runs over six innings against the Reds.
A rookie left-hander, House has bounced between the Tribe's rotation and Triple-A Columbus this season, and was also passed over for a start earlier this month. Indians manager Terry Francona noted the 24-year-old has been "very mature" with regards to his situation.
"It's definitely been a work in progress," House said after his last start, referencing his season. "Obviously, I've never gone through the situation I've been in this year. You always want to be positive and not a nuisance or a distraction in any possible way. So I just told them, 'Whatever you need me to do, I'm going to do.'"
House's second start of the season came against the White Sox, and he gave up just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Opposing House on Tuesday is someone who has also had success against the other side, and done so with more experience.
Jose Quintana is 3-0 lifetime against Cleveland, with a 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in nine appearances (seven starts). However, Quintana has struggled recently, losing each of his three latest starts. He has a 4.91 ERA in those losses, and the White Sox offense has scored just one run during that span.
White Sox: Team hoping Eaton will be activated for series
The White Sox are hoping rehabbing center fielder Adam Eaton can be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the Indians.
Eaton, who has not played for Chicago since Aug. 8, due to a strained right oblique, played his third game of a rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Manager Robin Ventura said on Saturday that the club did not expect his rehab to take too long, and that Tuesday was a possible activation day for one of the team's best hitters.
"You're looking at the trainers that are down there, they're going to find out what he's feeling, how he's feeling. You go from there," Ventura said. "We're not going to be able to see him to be able to judge that. By what they say, you have a pretty good idea that when he comes back, he's going to be completely healthy."
Eaton has a slash line of .304/.370/.401 this season, and injured himself while swinging during a game against the Mariners. A contusion he sustained after running into the outfield wall while trying to track down a homer is thought to have contributed to the oblique strain.
Indians: Brantley gets a break
All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday after receiving a day off on Sunday.
Combined with Monday's off-day, Brantley will have two days to rest his legs and reset his swing. Over his last seven games, Brantley is hitting just .077 (2-for-26), marking one of only a few mini-slumps for the Tribe's top offensive player.
"I thought he needed it," Francona said on Sunday. "That's a hard one for me, because he's so good. But I think you can make a mistake when you want a guy to desperately play because he's good, when you know darn right a day off would be in his best interest. That's kind of how I feel."
• The White Sox are on a season-worst six-game losing streak, and are 4-11 so far during a stretch of 22 consecutive games against teams above .500.
• The Indians enter Tuesday at 66-63, and have not been more than three games over the .500 mark since the end of the 2013 campaign -- when they finished with a record of 92-70.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.