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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!

 

 

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.