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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 25, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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Chris Davis tore through the first couple of weeks of the season before slowing down a bit, but he’s terrorizing pitchers once again. Davis went 3-for-5 with his major-league leading 16th homer last night as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 10-6 in Toronto.

Davis’ solo shot in the third inning was one of four home runs on the night for Baltimore, as J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Danny Valencia also went deep. The Orioles have hit at least four three homers in each of the past four games. It’s no surprise that they rank first in the majors in home runs and second in runs scored.

Davis has homered in three straight games and five out of his last seven. After enjoying a nice little breakout last season, the 27-year-old has taken things to a new level this year. He’s batting .337/.426/.723 with a 1.149 OPS through 47 games. Only Miguel Cabrera (1.154) has a higher OPS this season.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 2, Nationals 5

Cubs 4, Reds 7

Twins 0, Tigers 6

Indians 1, Red Sox 8

Pirates 1, Brewers 2

Yankees 9, Rays 4

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 5

Athletics 6, Astros 5

Marlins 3, White Sox 4 (11 innings)

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 0

Angels 5, Royals 2

Rockies 5, Giants 0

Rangers 9, Mariners 5

Braves 5, Mets 5 (suspended after eight innings due to rain, will resume Saturday at 6:10 p.m. ET)

  1. jarathen - May 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The Angels have now gone an entire week without losing.

    They are still six games below .500 and are quite far from the playoffs.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Lackey has been a pleasant surprise for the Sox this year.

    Even though he may be 3-4, he’s got a 2.72 ERA. He’s pitching really well and defying expectations.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      I expected him to win the Cy Young while leading us to a third W.S. title in 10 years. What did you expect?

      • aceshigh11 - May 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        I hope you’re joking.

        I was actually cautiously optimistic, particularly after seeing how much weight he lost in spring training. He was dealing like an ace when he strained his biceps against the Blue Jays, and he’s been solid since.

        But most people still hate the guy with a passion, and can’t get past chicken-and-beer-gate. It’s not 2011 anymore…you don’t have to like him, but give the guy a chance.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        I expected him to be really good when we got him, and I expected him to be really good again once healthy. I exagerate for comic effect my fanboy take, but I expected big things from John Lackey this season.

      • aceshigh11 - May 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Well, he’s doing fairly well so far. Let’s see how the rest of the season goes.

        If he goes, say, 15-10 with a 3.30 ERA, I’ll take that for a #3.

  3. nbjays - May 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Not surprising that the O’s went deep a few times. Between double-A call-up Sean Nolin and Ramon Ortiz, they got three solid innings of extended batting practice last night. Nolin found out the hard way that what works in A and AA ball doesn’t work in the Majors, and Ramon Ortiz was his pre-Deal-with-the Devil self.

    Brett Lawrie got himself tossed again for throwing equipment around after being rung up on three straight balls-called-strikes by home plate ump Dan Bellino. He’s got to learn to just walk away, regardless of how blatantly incompetent or vindictive (I haven’t yet figured out which this was) the umpires are. The first two pitches were a good 6 inches high, the third might have caught the bottom of the zone, but it sure looked low, especially after the first two. Either way, Bellino called them all strikes; Lawrie never even got to swing the bat (he’d already hit a home run earlier). The result: Lawrie gets rung up then tossed on what should have been a 3-0 count; the Jays lose his defense at 3rd (this was apparent later as DeRosa failed to make a play that Lawrie in all likelihood would have), and the Jays hitters now have to start hacking at pitches out of the zone, for fear of having them called strikes. I’m not saying they could have come back with Lawrie still in the game, but the Orioles bullpen has shown it is very beatable. (see the previous game).

    • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Lawrie’s his own worst enemy in these things: he just cannot keep his cool. All the same, the kid’s been struggling and had FINALLY shown signs of life at the plate. To get rung up like that, for basically having a good eye, sent him right over the edge. He walked away, but got the equipment violation for making his helmet roll. The toss came on the no-look batting-glove-at-the-Ump throw. Probably not the most egregious things he’s ever done, but easily enough to be sent home early. Then, to top it off, Gibbons got tossed, too. Great. Just HAND the game to the Orioles, eh?

      The first two called strikes were NOT strikes in that AB, that much was clear. Last one probably was. Still, struck out by a guy having issues with the strike zone? I wonder if this was little more than an umpire trying to “Control the Game” like that’s his job or something.

      We got into a protracted discussion on how to help umps get the calls right yesterday. The most knowledgeable commenters agree: Pitch FX or the like could be used as an aid. Its a matter of standardized camera equipment and proprietary method. Other than that, the technology exists to make it work and rather simply. However NOTHING can be done about people who feel its their job to be part of the game experience.

      Robots now, please.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      According to Pitch FX, Strike 1 was at the top of the zone (not a ball), strike 2 was about 1″ high, and strike 3 was easily a strike. The camera angles in some stadiums are horrible for judging balls and strikes.

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation.php-pitchSel=501957&game=gid_2013_05_24_balmlb_tormlb_1&batterX=35&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif

      • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Can’t argue too much with that, I guess. Still, we’d have had a different Lawrie reaction had he been down 1-2 instead of rung up. Tillman was missing often enough, it was only Beaver Impatience that saw them not walking a lot more.

        Dang Beavers! Always want to go to the lumber rather than waddle down to 1st base on a free pass.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        It’s a catch 22, isn’t it? You want a guy to play with passion, but you also want him to play under control and smartly…those don’t always go together.

      • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Its like he needs ritalin. If he’s not on it already, I’m going to suggest he GET on it now.

  4. Old Gator - May 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    The Feesh found another way to lose last night – drag the White Sox (the team which, I have to admit, I find the most boring in all of designatedhitterball) into extra innings and then, when they tired of the charade, had their boolpen blow it up in the eleventh with as few pitches as possible so they could get down to Carson’s in the Loop for some ribs and free chopped liver before the place closed. This was important, you understand, because the impecunious priapism they work so cheaply for had just cut their per diem again to pay for the extra fuel the airconditioning on the team bus was using up, what with the onset of spring and all. Free chopped liver was just what the doctor ordered.

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Oh, yeah – with the punchless (even wedgie-less) Feesh suddenly finding themselves in a designatedhitterball park, given the opportunity to pull one of its uninvited spring training pickups off the bench and install him on the herd-the-mammoths-over-the-cliff-and-brain-them detail, they batted Miguel Olivo (.185) seventh. Olivo went 0-3 with a sac fly. You can almost understand why the partisans of this primitive practice are so keen for it. What pitcher ever delivered a sac fly?

  5. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    PC- so much for you much hyped Nolin debut. And NBJ cool your jets bro. Nobody is out to get Lawrie or the Jays and based on the first few innings of the game he should have realized the strike zone was expanded (for BOTH teams).

    • proudlycanadian - May 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      I had to leave before this thread was posted and just got home. Nolin learned that he has to pitch around the edges. He will return a wiser young man. Machado impressed me. He is the real deal. I can’t comment on today’s game as I did not see it. The wine tasting event in Prince Edward County on Lake Ontario was very enjoyable. Bought several bottles from boutique wineries.

  6. indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Chris Effin’ Davis. I fear him.

    • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I’m starting to really dislike that guy. I hope he lets me get on with hating him in peace and doesn’t give his clothes away to a fan or rescue a kitten or something. I’ve had to lay off Matt Kemp as it is. Let me have my Chris ‘Effin Davis hate, please Jobu…

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Yeah, he hasn’t rescued some drowning children from a schoolbus yet, while oh so conveniently topless of course, but you know it’s coming. As of now, he is the stuff my nightmares are made of.

      • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Yes, but you’re fickle. He’ll be seen smiling at a kid or give an interview and mention his dear ole gramma, and next thing we all know, you want a banana. Tsk. Its unseemly.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Nope. Chris Effin’ Davis is on a direct rival, a huge threat to my boys’ survival. My resolve will hold. Kemp is safely tucked away in the NL West. No conflict of interest.

      • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Your resolve is made of sugar and spice and everything nice. It melts in the baby unicorn tears. It’ll be all “Chris Davis, sigh” in nothing flat the moment he’s caught holding a door open for an elderly person or handing a kid a baseball. Tsk.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        The medieval Celts used baby unicorn in their canned dog food. This is one of the reasons why they died out – no one let any foals grow up to produce more unicorns. Pretty soon, all their dogs were eating potatoes, and you know what that led to.

        And just as well. Can you imagine having to burlap and bubble wrap those stupid horns every time you had to move one with your horse trailer?

    • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      At this point Chris Davis frightens baseballs out of the ballpark just by looking at them. He is the Lion King.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Wasn’t that El Oso Blanco? I am getting my mythical men confused.

      • historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        He can’t be king because Miggy has the crown. You can make him Prince Chris or something if you want to though. Oh, wait, we have a Prince, dang. How about Lord Baltimore the Scary? Or, The Ball Shriveler?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Bwahahaha – The Ball Shriveler. Mos def.

  7. uyf1950 - May 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Another day and what has become an all to regular occurrence for the Yankees, another injury. To quote LBJ “We Shall Overcome”. Oh and by the way the Yankees won their game 9-4.

    • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Grandy AGAIN, too. That sucks. Poor kid’s just back from a broken forearm now its his pinkly finger. Its time for shot of run and a cigar to Jobu, UYF. Gotta do something about all these injuries.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Joe Girardi has to make sure he keeps drinking his milk every morning. Well, he’s one of the guys I’m hoping the Yankees part ways with at the end of the year. He’s a great team guy and citizen, but the strike outs are just way too much. I don’t see him being worth any type of a long term contract.

      • uyf1950 - May 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        My friend, all you can do is play the hand you’re dealt. I have to think that this latest injury is going to cost Granderson a bunch of money when he hits FA at the end of the season.

        I don’t think the Yankees will make him a qualifying offer at least if they stick to their guns of getting under the $189MM tax threshold. BUT if they were to make him that offer it might make sense for him to accpet it and build up his value again for what would be the 2015 season.

      • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        I wonder if he doesn’t take that offer, though. What he might well do is hold out for the best fit for him at a better rate of return. At this point, he’s established that he can hit with power, albeit in a small park and he can defend very well. Plenty of teams will take a chance on that ‘Ole Granderson Magic. I know people like to decry his SO rate, but that’s his role on this team: “swing for the short RF porch”. In another park, his role is “drive in runs or get on base” and you’d see the SO’s come down. There’s plenty of value in that and teams will pay to get it.

      • uyf1950 - May 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        cur68, we’ll find out one way or another in about 5 or 6 months. It’s a tough call, I don’t think there is any better park for Granderson then Yankees Stadium and also when everyone’s healthy on the Yankees they offer him a lot of protection in the line up that some other teams won’t. I honestly don’t know a clue which way it will go if the Yankees offered him a qualifying offer. But I’m still thinking they won’t.
        Personally I would love to see the Yankees go after Choo IF he makes it to FA and let Granderson walk. Then the Yankees would have an outfield of: Wells in LF, Gardner in CF and Choo in RF his natural position with Ichiro the 4th outfield if he doesn’t retire.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        He struck out a lot in Detroit too. His last two seasons have seen a career high and third most strike outs in his career. I’d rather see the Yankees put together a roster with more contact hitters, but that’s just me. I don’t think you need to strike out 200+ times to hit 40 HRs playing most of your time as a lefthanded hitter in Yankees stadium, but maybe I’m wrong.

    • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      How long to you expect the Girardi Magic Pixie Dust to last on Wells, UYF? You SURE you want him for another season? Sooner or later, it’ll be The Old Vernon Wells out there. Also, Ichiro…I don’t know how much of the Old Ichiro is left. He’s playing more like The Old Vernon Wells, than Ichiro. Wells probably cosied up to him and leached off his mojo. He’ll do that.

      Granderson is the better bet to be as good or better than they are right now. Why let him walk? Frankly, I’m all for the Empire weakening themselves but it makes little sense from a homer’s perspective.

      • uyf1950 - May 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        My friend, I expect Wells to last through the 2014 season. Aside from be rejuvenated in Yankee Pinstripes I think, and it’s just my opinion, that he wants to prove everyone wrong about him. That’s a powerful motivator.
        As for Ichiro, No I do not want to see him for the 2014 season in pinstripes but that may not matter since he is signed for the 2014 season at $6.5MM. My hope is that because of his struggles he simply decides to retire.

      • jwbiii - May 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Wells will be a Yankee next season. They will only owe him about $2.4M, as the Angels will be paying $18.6M and the Blue Jays $3.6M.

        Will he continue to be productive? I bet the under on any 34 year old player.

  8. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Glad to see the O’s get back on track last night. 4 more bombs (Valencia caught me by surprise with his deep ball) and another solid outing by Tilly. Just wish that boy could keep his pitch count down and get a bit deeper into games. Need Garcia to at least get into the 7th today to give our BP some rest after Gausman and Tillman barely lasted 5.

  9. metroplexfrog - May 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Joe Saunders finally lost his first game at Safeco.

  10. brewcrewfan54 - May 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Apparently the Brewers are 1-16 this month with Rickie Weeks in the lineup and 4-0 without him. The sample size is small but lets roll with the current trend for a while.

  11. indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Serious question. Big game on the line. Say, the one game play-in to the real play-off series. You are the Detroit Tigers. Who do you want on the hill? Sanchez or Verlander?

    For me, this is a no brainer. Sanchez.

    • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Verlander. He knows better than to throw one down the middle to Mauer in the 9th inning of a no hitter.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        It was a stupid question. I am a touch hungover, forgive me. Sanchez, no question.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      I’m still taking Verlander, you’re hungover intimations notwithstanding.

      What and how much does it take to leave you this …. over-done

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Verlander. No grit. All talent. Crumbles like a ginger cookie under pressure. Small sample sizes… but his post season records, meh. This season, he’s looked vincible. If that game was in five days, give me the Venezuelan.

        Spiced rum and ginger beer. The drink of discriminating cricketers.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        You hunt crickets?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Interesting argument on Verlander, what you’re saying essentially is that he could never play for Kirk Gibson.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        I am arguing Gibson’s side. I must have killed off more brain cells than I thought.

      • cur68 - May 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Have another banana and a multivitamin. Clearly you are short of something.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        You can buy a dozen crickets at any pet shop for a buck. Compare that to the cost – even amortized – of outfitting to hunt the stupid things. I just got finished feeding some to my hatchling Varanus komodoensis.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        PS – biggest hit to your wallet is the sunk cost of a good cricket dog. You need to get them interested in tracking crickets, first of all. You can imagine how that would go down with a puppy who’s expecting to be taught to track ducks, grouse and rabbit, right? You really need to prime these dogs with treaties – preferably, small tournedos of bacon-wrapped fillet mignon – to get them to pay attention. Then, by the time they’ve grudgingly consented to recognize the whiff of a cricket, they’re too fat and spoiled to go out there and find one.

        No. The answer is to buy a purebred cricket hound puppy. Only one kennel I know of specializes in them, and though they are incredibly expensive – each puppy costs thousands of dollars – the are easy to tell apart because no two of them look anything alike. It makes them easy to separate from the German shorthaired pointers, blueticks, catahoulas and beagles that will be thickly abroad in any state forest or field during cricket season. I happen to have a deal going at the moment for purebred cricket hound puppies, $2500 each, guaranteed free of dysplasia. Send me your email address and I’ll send you an electronic PayPal invoice right away. Free shipping!

      • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        If I get one I’m going to name it Jiminy.

        You should market them as cicada hunters!

    • historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      You are not a Tigers fan because you framed that question wrong. The answer is Scherzer.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Interesting answer. Explain your reasoning, Madame ‘Philiac.

        (Goodness, isn’t this a delicious problem to have?)

      • historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        1) leads MLB in K/9
        2) heterochromia
        3) mental toughness — V has better talent but really gets blown up when he’s off. And Sanchez is good but as last weekend in TX shows, if he’s having a bad outing, he’s not good at gathering himself. Scherzer is best mentally on the team, I think. He has incredible focus and can regroup after mistakes. He can battle out of bad situations.
        4) He’s pretty consistent and on fire this year — so right now, he’s my pick. Yes, this is a dessert problem.

        Oh, and just to drive paper batty:

        5) 6-0 this season. :D

      • indaburg - May 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Good reasons. ESPECIALLY # 5. ;-)

        First world problems.

      • historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        (I actually think my mental toughness/intangibles argument will make him loopy even before he gets to the W-L record. Should I soften the blow by adding that his WHIP is .91 right now?)

  12. paperlions - May 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Brendan Ryan had 2 more doubles last night, raising his average to a whopping .202 (it has nearly doubled the last 10 games or so)….some day, maybe he’ll even be “slugging” over .300.

    • historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Ahem

      • paperlions - May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Kozma!

        Bases clearing, bases loaded 2B off of Kershaw.

  13. APBA Guy - May 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Serious case of fan-nerves when Milone did his usual road thing and gave up 5 to the Astros including 2 HR’s. I told my girlfriend that the A’s had to get Bedard out of the game to get to the bullpen, so of course they A’s let him off with a 7 pitch inning to follow the ‘Stro’s outburst. Fortunately Veras lived up to our collective memory of the Astros pitching staff and the A’s kept their 1.000 record against Houston intact. They need it to stay in touch with Texas who currently have the best record in the AL despite having 4 of their starting 5 pitchers on the DL.

  14. mungman69 - May 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The Angels have plenty of time.

  15. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Historio- in Balmir we refer to him as the deputy. This came on the heels of having The Sherif (Mark Reynolds) in town for a few years and when Davis started to come around in 2012 we needed a name to compliment sherif. Thus, The Deputy. Or Deputy Davis. Or Crush Davis. Or Hulk. Or just a collective silence when he enters the room.

    Damn app I can’t reply direct… Hate this thing.

    • historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      “Deputy Davis” — I like it. Rooting for you today. One of my best buddies is an O’s fan and they have replaced the Rangers now as my second team.

      Agree on the app business too.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      I prefer Deputy Davis, but Crush has taken off since he just absolutely destroys baseballs. Most of his home runs aren’t in the second or third row, they’re several sections back.

  16. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Crush Davis has had an amazing year so far. I’ve never seen a guy hit so many balls so far off the plate so far the other way. I’m really scared to see what he can do if he really gets into one. Last year he broke a plexiglass window in center field luxury box in Toronto. This year he put a hole in the wall in Minnesota (opposite field). He hits his home runs to all fields, and just seems to flick his bat at the ball.

  17. scoobies05 - May 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    im with ya rockthered. good to see the birds getting back on track. they are just kiling the ball. little worried about the pitching. but chen should be back soon, we will finally see wada, and gausman certainly has tons of potential

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