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Orioles’ Chris Davis hits home run vs. Red Sox

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally ended his hitless streak over the weekend, hitting an RBI single on Saturday for his first base hit in 55 at bats. Today he did one better: he hit a homer. It was his first round-tripper since August 24 of last season.

It was a two-run homer in the eighth inning of this morning’s/afternoon’s Patriots Day game in Boston. It came after Davis went head of Sox pitcher Heath Hembree 3-0 and then took two strikes looking to bring the count full. He hit the sixth pitch he saw 408 feet into the right field seats, dropped the bat with what I imagine was relief and trotted around the bases. When he touched home the Orioles had a 6-1 lead.

As someone who is totally useless after 7pm but who gets a lot done in the morning, I can relate to Chris Davis’ struggles of late and to his Patriots Day home run. Congrats, Chris!

 

 

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.