Dustin Pedroia has been activated from the disabled list and will bat second and play second base when the Red Sox begin the second half of the season tonight against the Angels.
Pedroia has been sidelined since June 24 with a left hamstring strain, but he didn’t end up needing a minor league rehab assignment. All-Star Brock Holt filled in at second base with Pedroia out of the lineup, but now he’ll return to a utility role. He’s not in the lineup for tonight’s game.
Injuries hindered Pedroia’s production in 2013 and 2014, but the 31-year-old was batting .306/.367/.452 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 69 games prior to landing on the disabled list. The Red Sox begin the second half with a 42-47 record, 6 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East. They are running out of time to make something out of their season, but having a healthy Pedroia back in the lineup helps their chances.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.