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Chris Davis homers in fourth consecutive game, ends first half with 37

Jul 14, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

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Wrapping up the final series of the first half, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis homered in his fourth consecutive game as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 7-4. The homer, a two-run shot in the third inning against Josh Johnson, was his 37th of the season, tying Reggie Jackson’s American League record for first-half home runs. In the interest of fairness (first halves vary in length based on scheduling), D.J. Short astutely pointed out on Twitter that Davis entered a tie with Hank Greenberg and Luis Gonzalez for home runs through 95 games.

For those keeping score at home, Davis is now more than halfway to Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record of 73 and 24 home runs away from tying Roger Maris at 61 home runs, which some — including Davis himself — consider to be the legitimate single-season record.

  1. Sports King of this world - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Chris Davis is a freaking monster

    • apkyletexas - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Roids. Ban him for life, or at least give him a 150-game suspension. Throw him in federal prison. How dare he hit home runs – it’s downright un-patriotic and anti-baseball. Amazing that Selig lets him put on a uniform.

      • tiredandbroke - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        /sarcasm

  2. dolphindubs - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Go Chris Go!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Not a monster, just a very dangerous hitter who is entering his prime years. Johnson was having trouble locating his pitches and both Davis and Jones made him pay for it. I will watch the home run derby just to see Davis hit.

  4. beerjunkie - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    JUICER

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Juice is much healthier than beer. There are some nice juice making machines on the market for those who want fresh juice rather than the supermarket variety.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Speaking of juice, I recommend that you try red wine rather than beer. In moderation, red wine is great for your health and does not result in a beer belly.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        Wow…you make that Aspergers dude from The Big Bang Theory look like Sam Kinison.

      • Reflex - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        I just want to point out that there are no demonstrated health benefits from red wine, the idea that it was good for health was promoted by a French scientist funded by the wine industry in Bordeaux and as simply a proposed theory with no evidence to back it. Actual scientific studies have yet to ever replicate such claims, and that’s before we get to the details such as the fact that no two people agree upon what constitutes ‘moderation’ in drinking.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

        Nonsense.

  5. dbldmr - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    So a guy named “beerjunkie” is calling someone a juicer? Wow, that’s irony.

  6. bmoreunited - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    At this point MLB would of had a positive test if Davis was juicing. They’ve had enough embarrassment over the years not to blow the whistle immediately. MLB can only hope Davis stays healthy enough to break the record and not have the embarrassment that Bonds has cast over one of the greatest records in sports.

    • uwsptke - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      If the system was working correctly, he’d be in the appeals process right now. Nobody knew Cabrera was juicing when he won the ASG MVP last year.

      I don’t think he’s juicing, I’m just pointing out that we wouldn’t know if MLB had a positive test at this point in the season.

      • rarson - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        The point is that Davis has always been a huge guy, so if he’s juicing, he’s been doing it for much longer than a season and would have been caught by now (probably when he was in the minors).

  7. steelers88 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I really want to believe in Chris Davis I really do but when you have 37 homeruns BEFORE the all-star break it kind of screams PED’s.

    • mattryannolan - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Yeah, because anyone who has good stats must be using PED’s that’s why guys stuck in the minors not doing well clearly never use them, right?

    • harrysatchel - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      So, by your thought process then, Reggie Jackson is a juicer too?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        Babe Ruth also although I think that he preferred beer over juice.

      • ptfu - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        And hot dogs! There’s no telling what was in those hot dogs…

    • southpaw2k - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      This is precisely the kind of post I was referring to on another thread that annoys the crap out of me. Why do you only think it’s hitters who use PEDs? And why do you only rely on stats as “evidence” to support your theory? Do you not realize that pitchers have historically cheated more than hitters have, long before PEDs became commonplace?

      Using spotless logic such as yours, I guess Max Scherzer has to be juicing too since he is tied for leading MLB in wins, is #2 in the AL in strikeouts, and #9 in the AL for ERA. Or at least we have to suspect he’s on something.

    • psuorioles - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Do you think Max Scherzer is juicing… the dude is 13-1 before the all-star game and he’s never done that before??

  8. jerze2387 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    And he actually seems like a nice down to earth guy. Ill be rooting for him to hit 74.

  9. bmoreravens1012013 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Go Chrush! Go O’s!

  10. mudhead123 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    No way he is taking PEDs and how dare anyone even think that. He is the best offensive player to ever play the game. End of story

  11. 13arod - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Hope he breaks that record o 73 homeruns

    • cohnjusack - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Yeah…not gonna happen.

      He’s currently 5 back of Bonds 2001 pace through 95 games.

      …Bonds would go on to hit 31 in the last 67, posting a 1.501 OPS.

      I just don’t see how he could possibly managed 37 home runs in 67 games.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        It’s unlikely, but he has some positives in his chase. He’s a LHH in the AL E with 4/5 stadiums favorable to LHH. He’s got a good lineup around him, which should prevent plenty of IBB as he gets closer. He’s also going to be in the thick of a playoff chase with TB and NY (if they ever get healthy) so he’ll need to play everyday.

  12. jordera22 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    What sucks is that he’s in the HR derby so he’ll probably end the year with about 47 dingers.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Pfffft…. name me one time a player hit 37 home runs at the break and ended up with 47. Just a single time!

      *sarcasm. Jackson, Reggie – 1969

  13. wgray981 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I don’t think he’s on roids. At least, I hope he isn’t.
    Baseball will never be great again unless the MLB starts testing ALL players once a year. Yes, it’s expensive, but necessary. EVERY time there is somebody who is hitting well, it starts a steroid debate.

    • Reflex - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Um, MLB is testing all players multiple times per year, I believe six scheduled tests both in and out of the season, plus several random tests that can come at any time….

      The reason it starts a debate is because certain sportswriters wish to have a topic they can use as a ‘goto’ whenever they don’t want to actually put any effort into reporting on anything.

    • rarson - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Here’s an idea: why not just legalize PEDs and regulate their use? That way, players could enjoy their benefits while MLB can keep them healthy and on the field. The fans get a better product and nobody has to listen to any more of this PED nonsense since they’re all using them anyway. It’s a win-win-win.

  14. amehta256 - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I wish he Didnt participate in the useless homerun derby which could mess up his swing

    • psuorioles - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Wrong… he is quoted at saying he does a HR Derby in BP every day.. he is also quoted as saying it’s been a life long dream of his to compete in the Derby… so please stop with this, I wish he didn’t participate…

  15. sandrafluke2012 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    I don’t get it. You throw a 95 MPH fastball inside at the letters, and then you’re able to stay down when the next pitch is a slider that breaks away. How does anyone hit a round ball with a square bat over a fence 350 feet away? When the pitch is 95 MPH

    • cshearing - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      …bats are square?

      • abaird2012 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        “It’s around ball and a round bat, and you gotta hit it square.”

    • Kevin S. - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      You know that harder thrown pitches get hit farther when they’re hit flush?

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    • jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      GO back to Russia. Beat it!

  17. sailbum7 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    I hope Davis breaks the record if for no other reason than to erase that steroid juiced disgrace name Bonds from the record. And if Davis does it they will not need to put an asterisk next to the accomplishment.

  18. skinsovieterps - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Die hard O’s fan here, don’t think he will break Bonds “record”, and definitely don’t want him in the HR derby. I understand the derby is for the fans but playoffs are more important.

  19. joeflaccosunibrow - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    He is not hitting moon-shots like McGuire and Bonds were. I am highly impressed that most of his dingers are to the opposite field. Yet they are only a few rows deep. Juicing, I think not.

    I do feel bad that anyone on a tear is guilty of juicing without a positive test. This game has lost it’s purity from those steroid junkies.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      The game was never pure. Players in the 60s and 70s were on PEDs, and probably decades before it too.

    • chicago240 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Maybe he’s not juicing. Then again, anyone that’s been in the majors for 4 years and consistently been in the .400 to .500 SLG range and then pops up to .717 in half a season seems suspicious. 21 AB per home run first 4 years…..10.6 AB per HR this year. Could be work ethic…..but maybe not.

      • rarson - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Okay, let’s end this once and for all.

        Please explain to me why a guy who is big and has easy power is only suspicious once he starts practicing better discipline at the plate. Because Davis hasn’t done anything we haven’t seen before, he’s just doing it more often this season, which is something that steroids doesn’t help a player do.

        I can’t understand this retarded monkey child logic that people keep attempting to use.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        “retarded monkey child logic”: Nice!

    • @Cereal_22 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Deacon McGuire only has 45 career HR’s & played in an era where HR’s were not common. I’m not sure how he fits into your argument?

  20. southpaw2k - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    There’s a local bar here in Baltimore that has a deal when on any night Chris Davis hits a home run, it’s $3 crushes for the rest of the night. I’m gonna have to start frequenting that place in the second half of the season – it’ll be a cheap way to enjoy an evening.

    • psuorioles - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      haha… that’s awesome. Which place?

      • southpaw2k - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Looney’s – there’s one in Canton Square, and at least one other one In Bel Air. I’d highly recommend their crab pretzel too if you go!

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Crab pretzel: Mmmmmmmmmmm! Baltimore has a great food and drink scene that a few very lucky not from Baltimore folks know about. I do.

    • psuorioles - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Been to Looney’s plenty of times… lived near there in Canton.

  21. @Cereal_22 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    This guy has freakish minor league #’,s he just needed a chance to play every day. Boy has he responded, BEAST MODE

  22. notsofast10 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Chris Davis is pretty good!

  23. sleepyirv - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    In all fairness, even though I’m sure Chris Davis could hit a beach ball out of the park the way he’s swinging, we’re way pass the first “half” of the season. Davis has almost played 100 games already. He’s on track to tie Maris at the moment and would have to heat up even more to get close to Bonds.

  24. jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Davis is channeling Baltimore native and major gourmand Babe Ruth.

  25. mungman69 - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Pretty cool.

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