MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - INSIDE PITCH
Chris Davis can relax again.
After a dry spell, the major league home run leader broke through Thursday night, helping power the Orioles to a series-splitting 3-1 win against Texas.
Davis was in an 0-for-17 skid before his solo home run in the second inning Thursday. His 34th home run snapped that dry spell -- one in which he snapped a bat in frustration just a night earlier.
The all-star starter and home run derby contestant has been fighting off a sinus infection, and said he felt "terrible" still Thursday.
But breaking through with a home run Thursday night should help -- even just a little.
Davis has been fairly immune to streakiness in his breakout season. In years past, he would go on hot spells, but also struggle through slumps.
Even if he doesn't return to the scorching hot tear he was on leading into July, anything would be an improvement over the 1-for-24 with 13 strikeouts stretch.
His home run Thursday gave him career highs with 34 homers and 86 RBIs.
MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle 5-5, 4.50) at Orioles (Chris Tillman, 10-3, 3.92)
--DH Chris Dickerson was expected to avoid a trip to the disabled list after he was a late scratch from Wednesday's game against the Rangers because of a strained left shoulder. "Chris feels a little better," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I don't think we'll have to go through with an MRI. He should be available to us in some fashion." Dickerson was also given a cortisone shot prior to Thursday's game. "As it was explained to me, it's already made significant progress the day after," Dickerson said. "So just to get over that hump and kind of get to the All-Star break, we shot it up and get back to swinging. I'll throw tomorrow and then hit a little bit."
--RHP Chris Tillman, who will start Friday against Toronto, is looking to get back on track after taking the loss Saturday against the Yankees. He allowed five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 1/3 innings, snapping a streak of six consecutive victories. Tillman is 2-2 with 4.07 ERA lifetime against Toronto.
--1B Chris Davis has been battling a sinus infection most of the week but has not come out of the lineup. Davis was mired in his worst slump of the season, entering Thursday's game against Texas in a 1-for-24 skid. However, he broke out of that slump with a home run in the second inning. With that hit, he set career highs for homers (34) and RBI (86) in a season.
--RHP Steve Johnson, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, threw batting practice Thursday at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. without any issues. The next step could be to pitch a simulated game at the same facility.
--OF Henry Urrutia continues to make a case for joining the major league club in the coming weeks. He went 1-for-4 for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Urrutia is batting .357 in 14 games at the Triple-A level. "He's getting closer to being an option," manager Buck Showalter said prior to Thursday's game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We played a great game overall. We were ahead all the time. That's what's important for us to be doing. Splitting the series was really important for us." -- RHP Miguel Gonzalez after a 3-1 win over Texas on Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - ROSTER REPORT
--OF Chris Dickerson (left shoulder) received a cortisone shot July 11 and planned to throw July 12. There were no plans as of July 11 to place him on the disabled list, and manager Buck Showalter anticipated he would be ready for all activity in the near future.
--RHP Steve Johnson (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list June 6. An MRI on June 8 confirmed there was a strain, but that it was only minor tear. He began a throwing program in late June 22. He will throw live batting practice July 11 as he works toward a rehab appearance. He threw 35 pitches on July 8 in Sarasota, Fla.
--DH Steve Pearce (left wrist tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 20. He received an injection in his wrist June 24.
--DH Wilson Betemit (torn posterior cruciate ligament in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 12. He began jogging in a pool May 17. He took batting practice June 4 and continued baseball activities throughout June.
RHP Jason Hammel
RHP Chris Tillman
RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Miguel Gonzalez
LHP Wei-Yin Chen
RHP Jim Johnson (closer)
RHP Darren O'Day
LHP Brian Matusz
LHP Troy Patton
RHP Tommy Hunter
LHP T.J. McFarland
RHP Josh Stinson
1B Chris Davis
2B Brian Roberts
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
INF Ryan Flaherty
INF Alexi Casilla
LF Nate McLouth
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
DH Nolan Reimold
OF Chris Dickerson