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Bovada makes Davis favorite to win Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

“Since Chris Davis hit his 37th Home Run last night we have been seeing increased action on him overnight and throughout the day and have now made him the favorite to win the Derby tonight at 11/4. Defending champ Prince Fielder, comes next at 15/4 in terms of money being put down while Michael Cuddyer has drifted to 12-1 and we cannot write a bet on him.”

Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager, Bovada.lv

 

2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win     

Chris Davis (BAL)                                  11/4

Prince Fielder (DET)                              15/4

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)                        11/2

Bryce Harper (WSH)                              11/2

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                                11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)                           6/1

David Wright (NYM)                               9/1

Michael Cuddyer (COL)                          12/1

 

Here are the original odds (once the Pedro Alvarez switch was announced):

 

2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win  

Prince Fielder (DET)                              7/2

Chris Davis (BAL)                                  15/4

Bryce Harper (WSH)                              5/1

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)                        11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)                           11/2

David Wright (NYM)                               15/2

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                                15/2

Michael Cuddyer (COL)                          9/1

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Chris Davis Ties American League Record with 37th Home Run Before All-Star Break

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Chris Davis Ties American League Record with 37th Home Run Before All-Star Break

Posted on 14 July 2013 by danciarrocchi

Chris Davis launched home run No. 37 on Sunday, and that accomplishment hasn’t been received without its appropriate praises. You would be hard-pressed to watch a 24-hour sports newshole that hasn’t flashed a graphic reading “Chris Davis ties American League record with 37 home runs before All-Star break.”

Technically, this is true. It’s a mark that is just another highlight for Davis, who is amid a performance which could be looked back on as one of the best seasons  anyone in an Oriole uniform has ever logged. And though a level-headed person wouldn’t discredit Davis’ monstrous season to date, it should be noted that Davis tying this “record” isn’t really that significant.

The All-Star break used to come pretty darn close to the midway point of the season, but that’s not the case in 2013. It’s a little further away than usual as the Orioles have played 96 games, which is 15 games past the halfway mark of baseball’s 162-game season.

Because of this, when people see Davis’ massive home-run total at the break, some are even quick to think he is on pace to shatter Barry Bonds’ record of 73 single-season home runs (Bonds had 39 home runs at that season’s break). And though Davis could very well shatter several Orioles batting records and reach other new heights in the process, thinking he is well on his way to shatter Bonds’ total would be wrong.

The home-run total that Davis is closer to eclipsing is Roger Maris’, whose 61 home runs stood as a record for 37 years, and is still the record in Davis’ eyes. That opinion will differ among all kinds of fans, but record or not, Davis is on pace to break it with his trajectory currently sitting at 62 home runs.

But before getting ahead of ourselves, the man whose record Chris Davis tied on Sunday was one belonging to Reggie Jackson, who totaled 37 homers right before the 1969 All Star Game. However, despite Davis’ torrid stretch of homering in each of his last four games, it didn’t put him on par with Jackson, who achieved Davis’ total by game No. 91. By the time Jackson reached his 96th game, he was still ahead of Davis with 40 home runs.

So yes, while Davis can claim he holds the American League record for most home runs at the All-Star break, it was one that benefited from a few extra chances. But Davis’ numbers aren’t just products of volume, and it’s for that reason the baseball world can’t wait to see what Davis does down the stretch.

Baltimore’s Next Sports Media Superstar contestant Dan Ciarrocchi is an editor of Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website. He also contributes to the fantasy football section of Pro Football Focus and covered Towson University baseball for two years at The Towerlight.

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Oriole’s All-Stars Head To New York For Mid-Summer Classic

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Oriole’s All-Stars Head To New York For Mid-Summer Classic

Posted on 14 July 2013 by brianbower

Major League Baseball will hold its annual All-Star game at Citi Field in Flushing, New York on Tuesday evening.

It has been a special season thus far from the Orioles and they will send five representatives including three starters to play in the mid-summer classic in 2013.

It is great to see the Baltimore Orioles are finally back on baseballs radar after so many down years. Prior to last season the Orioles haven’t had more than one All-Star since the 2005 season.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones will travel to his third All-Star game in his career where he will start. Shortstop J.J. Hardy will hold down his position making his second appearance in the summer classic, his first in an Orioles uniform.

Perhaps the biggest story for the orange and black before the break this year is the bat of first baseman Chris Davis. Davis will get the start at first base for the A.L. and  finished with 8,272,243 fan votes. Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Davis furthered his cause for making the All-Star roster on Sunday when he hit his 37th homerun of the year joining Reggie Jackson for the most home runs hit before the break in American League history.

Young phenom third baseman Manny Machado will join his teammates in New York where he is slated to be a reserve behind the Tigers Miguel Cabrera. Machado is having a decent season where he leads MLB in doubles hit and is among the top ten in the league in hits.

Pitcher Chris Tillman has been named as a replacement for Justin Verlander, who’s starting today for the Tigers. This is the first All-Star selection for Tillman, 25, who’s 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 19 starts this season, with 89 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings.

Below is a look at the history of the Baltimore Oriole’s players selected to the All-Star Game.

 

SEASON PLAYER
2012 Adam Jones, Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters
2011 Matt Wieters
2010 Ty Wigginton
2009 Adam Jones
2008 George Sherrill
2007 Brian Roberts
2006 Miguel Tejada
2005 Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora, B.J. Ryan, Brian Roberts
2003 Melvin Mora
2002 Tony Batista
2001 Cal Ripken
2000 Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick
1999 Harold Baines, B.J. Surhoff, Mike Mussina
1998 Cal Ripken, Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar
1997 Cal Ripken, Randy Myers, Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar
1996 Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar
1995 Cal Ripken
1994 Lee Smith, Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina
1993 Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina
1992 Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Mike Mussina
1991 Cal Ripken
1990 Cal Ripken, Gregg Olson
1989 Cal Ripken, Mickey Tettleton
1988 Cal Ripken
1987 Terry Kennedy, Cal Ripken
1986 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Don Aase
1985 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken
1984 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Mike Boddicker
1983 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Tippy Martinez
1982 Eddie Murray
1981 Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray, Scott McGregor
1980 Al Bumbry, Steve Stone
1979 Ken Singleton, Don Stanhouse
1978 Eddie Murray, Mike Flanagan, Jim Palmer
1977 Ken Singleton, Jim Palmer
1976 Mark Belanger, Bobby Grich
1975 Jim Palmer
1974 Bobby Grich, Mike Cuellar, Brooks Robinson
1973 Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson
1972 Bobby Grich, Jim Palmer, Pat Dobson, Dave McNally, Brooks Robinson
1971 Jim Palmer, Don Buford, Mike Cuellar, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1970 Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Davey Johnson, Dave McNally, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1969 Paul Blair, Davey Johnson, Dave McNally, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1968 Davey Johnson, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson
1967 Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1966 Steve Barber, Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1965 Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson
1964 Luis Aparicio, Brooks Robinson, Norm Siebern
1963 Luis Aparicio, Steve Barber, Brooks Robinson
1962 Jim Gentile, Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm
1961 Jackie Brandt, Jim Gentile, Brooks Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm
1960 Chuck Estrada, Jim Gentile, Ron Hansen, Brooks Robinson
1959 Gus Triandos, Billy O’dell, Jerry Walker, Hoyt Wilhelm, Gene Woodling
1958 Gus Triandos, Billy O’dell
1957 Gus Triandos, George Kell, Billy Loes
1956 George Kell
1955 Jim Wilson
1954 Bob Turley

 

Stats obtained from ESPN MLB

 

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Orioles pitcher Tillman added to AL All-Star team

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Orioles pitcher Tillman added to AL All-Star team

Posted on 14 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — In a surprise that arrived as the Orioles were recognizing their 2013 All-Star selections on the field prior to Sunday’s game, starting pitcher Chris Tillman was named to take part in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York.

Taking the place of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander who pitched on Sunday, Tillman becomes the fifth Orioles player to be named to the American League All-Star team and the only pitcher. He is 11-3 with a 3.95 earned run average in 19 starts while serving as one of the club’s most consistent starting pitchers in the first half.

“It’s an honor,” Tillman said after Sunday’s 7-4 win over Toronto. “It was kind of a surprise to find out last minute. It’s special for the city and for me to go with my teammates.”

Tillman entered Sunday fourth in the league in wins and 23rd in ERA — a number that will prompt many to say he isn’t deserving of the honor — and owns a 20-6 record since June 25, 2012. He has the second-highest winning percentage among AL starters over that span, trailing only Detroit’s Max Scherzer.

Acquired along with fellow All-Star representative Adam Jones from the Seattle Mariners in the Erik Bedard trade prior to the 2008 season, Tillman is now the fourth of the Orioles’ five All-Star representatives this year who was originally acquired via trade. Third baseman Manny Machado was drafted with the third overall pick of the 2010 draft while Jones, Tillman, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and first baseman Chris Davis were trade acquisitions of former president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

“He’s not a secret around the league,” said manager Buck Showalter, who found out a couple days earlier that Tillman might be added to the All-Star roster. “He wasn’t drafted here. He got here in a trade. Somebody else is real smart. Not me, but somebody was smart getting him here. We’re lucky to have him, and he’s got an interesting future.”

This year’s All-Star Game will mark the first time the Orioles have had five or more representatives since the 1997 game when third baseman Cal Ripken, second baseman Roberto Alomar, center fielder Brady Anderson, starting pitchers Mike Mussina and Jimmy Key, and closer Randy Myers were all selected to participate.

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Hammel not answering call in Orioles rotation

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Hammel not answering call in Orioles rotation

Posted on 13 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed confidence that Jason Hammel’s best games still lie ahead in the second half after Saturday’s 7-3 loss to Toronto.

And it’s a good thing too, because the struggling starting pitcher didn’t sound like he had much in himself after allowing six earned runs in six-plus innings to the Blue Jays. After plunking No. 9 hitter Emilio Bonifacio and walking Jose Reyes to begin the seventh inning, Hammel was lifted by Showalter to watch those runners eventually score, raising his earned run average to 5.24 on the season.

“I hate seeing him come out every time in the seventh inning when we’ve had a lead and I’ve given it back,” said Hammel, referring to the 3-2 lead he relinquished an inning earlier by giving up four straight singles with two outs. “I’ve got to hand the ball over to him and today was no different. I was very frustrated, actually kind of spiked it into his hand. I was a little [ticked] off. It’s frustrating.”

Winless since May 27 and unable to build on three straight quality starts from Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Chris Tillman heading into Saturday, Hammel appears to be the weakest link in the rotation despite receiving the Opening Day start less than four months ago. He fell to 7-6 on the season and now has a 6.65 ERA in eight home starts (46 innings) this season. Only two of those have been quality starts as his frustration boiled over following Saturday’s loss.

His 2012 first half in which he was an American League finalist for the All-Star Game’s final fan vote must feel like a distant memory for the 30-year-old right-hander, who’s status in the starting rotation has to be in question for the second half. The heavy-hitting Blue Jays were all over him early, evident by Edwin Encarnacion’s two-run homer in the first inning. To Hammel’s credit, he rebounded to throw four straight scoreless frames before once again running into trouble at the end of the day.

“Unacceptable. Far too many baserunners, getting behind hitters,” Hammel said. “[That's a] fastball-hitting club that I’m feeding fastballs. It’s easy to hit when you know what is coming. I’m not throwing sliders for strikes, not throwing curveballs where I want them. Changeup is nonexistent. I’m beating myself right now.”

The biggest downfall for Hammel in 2013 has been his inability to duplicate the success he enjoyed with his two-seam fastball a year ago when he was able to frequently induce grounders and mix in his breaking stuff to overpower hitters. In 20 starts in 2012 — Hammel missed most of the second half after undergoing right knee surgery in July — he went 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA and posted career bests with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.24 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched).

Those numbers prompted Showalter to give Hammel the ball in Game 1 of the American League Division Series despite the fact that he made only three regular-season starts after the All-Star break. Showalter hoped Hammel would be their de facto ace in 2013 by awarding him the start on Opening Day, but he hasn’t looked the part sans a handful of outings this season.

Without the two-seamer being a consistent factor this year, Hammel’s pitches have been consistently up in the zone as he’s allowed 19 home runs in his 19 starts this season, just two shy of his career-worst total of 21 in 2011.

“He’s pitched some good games. You can go back through that,” Showalter said. “There are some things that didn’t work out. But I think it bodes well for the rest of the season because he’s capable of better and I think his best games are ahead of him.”

As much as the Orioles hoped last season was a renaissance for Hammel after underwhelming runs with Tampa Bay and Colorado, his numbers this season are more reflective of his pre-2012 statistics when he occasionally bounced back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen with his former clubs. His current ERA and home run totals are higher than his career numbers (4.80 ERA and 1.5 homers per nine innings entering Saturday), but his current WHIP (1.44) and strikeouts per nine innings (6.3) are nearly identical to his career numbers (1.43 and 6.6).

Much to the organization’s chagrin after failing to acquire a veteran starting pitcher in the offseason, it appears Hammel’s 2012 season was the outlier and his performance this season is simply returning to the norm. That revelation makes it no easier for any of the involved parties, however, in the midst of a pennant race.

“This first half, honestly, is unacceptable for me,” said Hammel, who plans to get away from baseball over the All-Star break to clear his mind and believes he’s been trying too hard to make adjustments between starts. “I’m better than this and it’s on my shoulders. It’s on nobody else. It’s fixable. It’s just I’ve got to get out of my own way.”

Hammel doesn’t appear to be in immediate danger of losing his spot in the rotation, but beyond the top three of Gonzalez, Chen, and Tillman, the Orioles must find more consistency from the back end of the rotation, which includes the newly-acquired Scott Feldman. Otherwise, Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette will have no choice but to revisit the possibility of rookie Kevin Gausman or another option such as Steve Johnson receiving another shot while continuing to explore the possibility of another trade.

The timing of Hammel’s struggles couldn’t be worse for him personally as he is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. While some encouraged the Orioles to sign Hammel to an extension last winter, his future with the organization beyond the next few months now appears in doubt due to his performance this season.

For now, the Orioles continue to express confidence in Hammel, who threw first-pitch strikes to just 13 of the 28 hitters he faced in Saturday’s loss. But that confidence can only go so far in the second half in a very tight AL East race.

“I think it’s just you’ve got to get ahead of guys,” said first baseman Chris Davis, who clubbed his major league-leading 36th home run of the year Saturday. “I think Ham is obviously a guy who has really good stuff if he can go out there and get ahead of guys. If you put the [count in his favor], I think he’s successful.”

The Orioles keep waiting — perhaps only hoping at this point? — for last year’s Hammel to suddenly appear. But after 19 starts of results more closely mirroring the rest of his career, you wonder how much longer they can wait before looking elsewhere.

Even Hammel acknowledged as much on Saturday.

“I know these guys are pulling for me,” Hammel said. “I do believe the best days are ahead, but it’s got to happen fast if we want to make this a championship season. I’m a big part of it and I have to get it right.”

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Bovada makes Chris Davis second favorite to win Home Run Derby

Posted on 10 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2013 Home Run Derby - Odds to Win  

Prince Fielder (DET)                  7/2

Chris Davis (BAL)                      15/4

Bryce Harper (WSH)                  5/1

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)            11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)               11/2

David Wright (NYM)                   15/2

Carlos Gonzalez (COL)               15/2

Michael Cuddyer (COL)              9/1

 

MLB SPECIALS – Will Matt Garza be traded before the July 31st deadline?           

Yes                   -250     (2/5)

No                    +175     (7/4)

 

MLB SPECIALS – Will Bud Norris be traded before the July 31st deadline?

Yes                   -250     (2/5)

No                    +175     (7/4)

 

MLB SPECIALS – Will Jake Peavy be traded before the July 31st deadline?           

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -140      (5/70

 

MLB SPECIALS – Will Yovani Gallardo be traded before the July 31st deadline?

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                     -200     (1/2)

 

MLB SPECIALS – Will Cliff Lee be traded before the July 31st deadline?    

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300      (1/3)

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Wanted: Orioles Offense. 7 Day Wrap Up

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattcostantini

 

 

So here we are Orioles fans, a week and a few days into July and the Orioles bats have become anemic.  So far this month there are only two players batting over .250, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.  Aside from those two, you are seeing some sickly numbers across the board and it’s coming at the worst time possible, the Rangers are in town.

The Birds have gone a dismal 2 and 5 over the last 7 dropping series’ to the last place White Sox, the debilitated Yankees, and last nights 1st game against the Rangers.

In the series against the White Sox the O’s averaged just 2.6 runs per game, down from their season mark of 4.8.  Now far be it from me to say the White Sox batters shouldn’t be able to out-hit the Orioles with their 27th ranked offensebut c’mon!

“Well Chris Sale’s top 5 in ERA”

He didn’t pitch against us.

The worst part is that the Birds’ only win in the series came against Hector Santiago, who pitched a great game. Watching this series you would have thought they ran into the mid-90′s Braves judging by the starters stat lines(Santiago 7IP, 2ER, 9K’s Quintana 7IP, 0ER, 11K’s).  Orioles batters with runners in scoring position were non-existent going just 3-18 over the series (This will be an on-going theme for the rest of the article).  JJ Hardy will take the majority blame here with his 0-6 with RISP.  The starting All Star shortstop in the month of July is batting just .115 with only 1 extra-base hit.  It’s alright though because the Birds are headed to New York just after giving them the brooms.

The Yankees series gave the Orioles no breathing room as Ivan Nova put on an Oscar-worthy CC Sabathia performance (9IP, 3H, 2ER, 11K’s) but Baltimore still had the 2-1 lead going into the 9th!  Cue Jim Johnson, blown save number 6 in game 1.  Game 2 had a different feel as Chris Tillman struggled getting first pitch strikes and seemed a little wild all day.  Yankees take it 5-4, even though the Orioles got to Andy Pettitte early on.  The final game of the series saw a great comeback win in which Adam Jones dropped the hammer on Mariano Rivera with an eventual game winning 2-run shot in the 9th.  The bats continued their struggles through this series too, 2-17 RISP accruing 2 runs in 2 of the 3 games.  Momentum is now on the Orioles side with the Adam Jones late game heroics though right!?!?

Not at all when Scott Feldman got rocked by his former team (Rangers) in his Camden Yards debut allowing 7 runs over 5 and a third.  In all fairness Feldman had to pitch close to the vest all night as the Black and Orange converted just once in 12 opportunity’s with RISPMatt Wieters hit a 2-run homer in the 7th to somewhat absolve himself from the normal amount of heat he would take for striking out 4 times in a game.

If you just go by the numbers in the last 7 games, Matt Wieters is 0-6 with RISP, batting a mere .211.  The 2nd Base Trio of Alexi Casilla, Ryan Flaherty, and Brian Roberts are .156 reaching base just 7 times (Brian Roberts with the majority of at bats).  JJ Hardy and Chris Davis are both batting sub .125, although Davis has 2 HR and 5 RBI.  The only saving grace at this point is Adam Jones and Nick Markakis combining for a .339 with 8 runs.

Don’t worry O’s fans the pitchers will not be getting a pass here eitherJason Hammel and Scott Feldman need to be more consistent from start to start, a solid 1 run performance against the Yankees but allows 5 against the White Sox?(Hammel) and  2 in Chicago only to come home and get shelled by the Rangers. (FeldmanChris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez both get passes in my book as they have been the only consistent starters in this rotation.  Let’s all just collectively pray to the Baseball Gods that Wei-Yin Chen’s return Wednesday brings some stability to a wildly inconsistent (as of late) rotation.

On the injury front Steve Johnson is throwing in Sarasota which could get some of these over-used relievers a little R&R in the second half and Wilson Betemit on the other hand, well, who cares.

I for one can’t wait until the All-Star break hits so that the Orioles can get a rest and their heads away from their recent struggles.

-Matt Costantini

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Chris Davis selected to take part in Home Run Derby

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Chris Davis selected to take part in Home Run Derby

Posted on 08 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — After making it known he was more than eager to participate, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been officially selected to compete in next Monday’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York.

Serving as the American League captain for the All-Star Game competition, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano selected Davis and Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder to join him in next Monday’s exhibition against the National League. Davis entered Monday leading the major leagues with 33 home runs, making his inclusion elementary once he share his desire to compete if selected.

“If I’m given the opportunity, I’m absolutely going to do it,” said Davis, who has joked that he treats every session of batting practice like it’s a home run derby. “So much attention is paid to the Home Run Derby, and there is so much hype around it. I’ve always looked at it as something I’d like to do.”

In Saturday’s loss to the Yankees, Davis tied his career highs with his 33rd homer and 85th RBI, matching his totals from last season. He is the only player in major league history to have 25 or more doubles, 30 or more home runs, and 85 or more RBIs prior to the All-Star Game, according to STATS.

His 33 homers are the most before the break since 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 39 and Luis Gonzalez had 35. Davis also broke Brandy Anderson’s franchise record for most four-baggers before the All-Star break (30) set in 1996.

Cano did not name the fourth slugger that will join him, Davis, and Fielder on the AL squad. Joining NL captain and New York Mets third baseman David Wright on the NL team will be Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, both of the Colorado Rockies.

(Updated: Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was named to the team on Tuesday.)

Two Orioles have won the power-hitting exhibition in past years, Cal Ripken in 1991 and Miguel Tejada in 2004.

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Your Monday Reality Check: “I hope his pants get caught and a bloodbath ensues!”

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Your Monday Reality Check: “I hope his pants get caught and a bloodbath ensues!”

Posted on 08 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Coming off what I’m sure you all will agree was a well-earned week of vacation, I thought quite a bit about writing a lengthy piece about Jim Johnson and the Orioles’ closer situation. Despite Johnson’s 1-2-3 ninth inning in Baltimore’s 2-1 win Sunday over the New York Yankees, the situation remains quite fluid and will be followed closely in the coming weeks.

Although I will point this out from an appearance I made Sunday morning on the SiriusXM Fantasy Sports channel…

That happened at 8am Sunday. Call me “Glennstradamus”?

But I’m NOT writing about that. No…because while I was sitting at Chase Field in Phoenix Friday night watching the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Colorado Rockies I had a thought cross my mind. The thought was furthered during that appearance I made on the SXM Fantasy Channel Sunday morning.

That thought has everything in the world to do with the movie Mallrats. Or at least kinda.

Stick with me.

If you listen to “The Reality Check” (and since I’ve seen the ratings-I KNOW you do), you’ve probably heard me discuss the fact that in a previous life, I was obsessed with director Kevin Smith and his films. I embarrassingly admitted just a few weeks ago to Allen McCallum that I went to see the movie “Jersey Girl” in theaters THRICE with different young ladies. I’m not even remotely proud.

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Mallrats” (and if not, go ahead and take the rest of the day off to view it. In fact, I’m broadcasting at Ryleigh’s in Federal Hill Monday afternoon courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka. Just bring your laptop and I’ll bring a copy of the flick you can watch before you head over to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.), you’ll probably remember Jason Lee’s character Brodie and his sincere respect for all things related to his local shopping mall. One particular issue he has is with a small child who sits down on the escalator, ignoring the dangers of getting caught.

A few escalator rides in, Brodie’s fears play out as the child gets caught and is hurt. If you don’t mind a tiny bit of foul language, here’s a clip…

The take away phrase in that clip would be “that kid is back on the escalator again!”

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Orioles well-represented in All-Star Game, including three starters

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Orioles well-represented in All-Star Game, including three starters

Posted on 06 July 2013 by Ryan Chell

Manny Machado turned 21 Saturday, and he received the perfect birthday gift from the Oriole and baseball fans out there.

His first All-Star appearance.

Machado, the Orioles young spark at 3B, was named an AL All-Star Saturday as a reserve.

“I mean, I worked hard in the off-season to set my goals, and obviously for this, to make the All-Star Game and the playoffs as a team,” Machado told MASNSports. “You really don’t anticipate it until it happens. Now, it’s here. I’m going to be an All-Star. That’s pretty great, pretty exciting to say.”

In just his second season in the majors, Machado is currently hitting.316 with 6 HRs, 42 RBIs and leading the league in doubles.

His defense also has been noted, as he has just six errors in 270 chances at the hot corner.

Joining Machado in New York on July 16th will be 1B Chris Davis, SS JJ Hardy and OF Adam Jones.

Even better? Those three joining Machado will be starters for the AL.

With three starters, it is the biggest representation among the 1st team for the Orioles since 1997 when Roberto Alomar, Cal Ripken, and Brady Anderson took the field first for the American League.

No other AL Team has more than one starter.

The last time the Orioles had four All-Stars was 2005, when 2B Brian Roberts, SS Miguel Tejada, CL BJ Ryan, and 3B Melvin Mora all went to the Midsummer Classic-with Mora as a reserve.

Davis, who led the MLB in voting, is a legitimate MVP candidate as he is leading the majors in home runs with 33.

“It still feels good,” Davis told reporters postgame. “I think anytime you are getting that recognition not only from your fan base but from everybody across the nation, I think it feels good to know that people are watching. I think what we did last year toward the end of the season really kind of opened people’s eyes to the fact that there’s some good baseball being played in Baltimore.

Davis will be going to his first ever All-Star game. Along with his 33 HRs, Davis is also 2nd in the majors in RBIs to last year MVP and Triple Crown candidate, Miguel Cabrera.

Davis is also sixth in the majors with his .324 batting mark and is 14th in hits with 102.

OF Adam Jones, who will be going to his second consecutive All-Star game and his third in four years, is currently hitting .287 with 15 HRs and 59 RBIs for Buck Showalter’s squad.

Despite a threat from Angels OF Mike Trout, Jones was the leading vote getter among AL OFs. It marks his first ever start.

SS JJ Hardy makes the team as a two-time All-Star-his first as an Oriole and as a member of the American League.

It’s also his first ever start; he last made the NL All-Star team in 2007 as a member of the Brewers but lost out on a starting bid to Jose Reyes.

“It means a lot,” he said. “I’m very appreciative of all the fans in Baltimore and everyone else that voted. It means a lot to me.

Hardy led all AL SS in home runs (15) and RBIs (46) and has a .980 fielding percentage in 350 chances.

Not making the team was catcher Matt Wieters, a two-time All-Star and OF Nick Markakis. OF Nate McLouth had consideration for some of the voting process but also will not be headed to Citi Field come July 16th.

The game will air on Fox.

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