With a second-inning, game-tying, two-run home run off of Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle tonight, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis upped his total to 35 on the season, becoming the fourth player to go into the All-Star break with at least 35 dingers. He joins Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Reggie Jackson on the short list, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The Orioles, by the way, went on to win 8-5.
Miguel Cabrera logged his 95th RBI of the season tonight and moved his average up to .367, both league-leading totals. Davis, however, leads him in home runs 35 to 30 as the Tigers third baseman attempts to go back-to-back with the Triple Crown.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.