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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!

 

 

Indians’ Kluber has cast removed, making progress

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CLEVELAND (AP) Indians ace Corey Kluber had the hard cast protecting his broken right arm removed and the two-time Cy Young winner is healing as hoped.

Kluber underwent imaging texts Thursday, which showed that his ulna is mending properly. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Kluber can begin range of motion and that he will be re-examined in two weeks.

The right-hander broke his arm when he was struck flush by a line drive hit by Miami’s Brian Anderson on May 1. At the time, the Indians said surgery wasn’t needed, and Francona said the medical staff told him Kluber was having “expected healing.”

Kluber has been fitted with a protective brace. He said it was a relief to have the cast off and is excited that he “can do a lot more now.”

The 33-year-old ran sprints in the outfield before the series opener against Tampa Bay.

Kluber won 20 games last season and at least 18 in each of the past three seasons. He is 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA in seven starts this year.

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