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BALTIMORE - Bud Norris was incensed. The Baltimore Orioles right-handed hit Torii Hunter with a pitch, and Norris was ejected.

The benches and bullpens emptied, but other than some trash talk between Norris and Hunter, nothing much happened.

Baltimore's 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers before 24,517 at Oriole Park on Monday, featured little offense by the Orioles, but lots of action in the eighth inning.

Baltimore (20-16) was trailing 2-1 heading into the eighth. Alex Avila walked, and after Norris (2-3) got two out, Ian Kinsler hit his fourth home run of the year to left field for a 4-1 lead.

Then, Norris threw the pitch and home plate umpire James Hoye threw him out.

"I'm sorry he didn't appreciate it, but at the same token, I'm trying to throw a ball over the plate and get an out," Norris said. "Obviously he didn't like it. He's entitled to his opinion, but I think he did overreact a little bit."

Bob Davidson, the first base umpire who was the crew chief defended Hoye's handling of the situation.

"Kinsler hits a two-run homer and then the next hitter gets drilled. I thought Hoye handled it properly. I think that's what anybody would have done. It's a fastball that drilled the guys in the ribs, and I think Hoye did the right thing," Davidson said.

Hunter, who is now 38, wasn't pleased with his reaction.

"It's just adrenaline going. Once you calm yourself, you think about the situation. I got kids in college, I can't be doing that," Hunter said. "He looked back and said something. Starting at me and saying something. I don't know. I'm too old for that. I've probably more hits than he does days in his life."

Norris' catcher Steve Clevenger was surprised Norris was ejected.

"Torii got a little mad he got hit. He started running his mouth a little bit late but he's got a reason to be upset if their guy hits a homer and then you get drilled, you've got a little reason to be upset. It was unintentional and we go on from there," Clevenger said.

Rick Porcello (6-1) allowed one run and five hits over six innings for the win.

Ian Krol, Al Albuquerque and Joe Nathan combined to allow one hit to the Orioles over the last three innings. Nathan got his eighth save.

In the bottom of the second, J.J. Hardy singled with one out. Clevenger doubled to score him.HAIL FELLOW GUILMET: Baltimore recalled right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday. Guilmet, who was acquired last month from Cleveland in exchange for minor league infielder Torsten Boss, was 2-1 with a 5.65 ERA with the Tides.

He replaces T.J. McFarland, who was sent to Norfolk on Sunday night after pitching three innings in a loss to Houston.

Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted a pitcher who could throw multiple innings against the predominantly right-handed hitting Tigers.

"Length in the American League is two innings, and he's capable of that, and he's rested and pitching well," Showalter said.

Guilmet appeared in four games with the Indians last season, with a 10.65 ERA. He says he's familiar with many of the Orioles.

Coming up through the minors, I played against these guys a lot, so I knew a lot of the guys," Guilmet said.

Guilmet pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings in relief of Norris.

ODDS AND ENDS: Baltimore pitchers began taking batting practice in advance of their first road interleague series on May 20-21 in Pittsburgh

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