Chris Davis - Baltimore Orioles first baseman

Hello, All Star Break.

Hello, first place. #ORIOLES

If you didn’t stay up through the 2 1/2 hour rain delay, your Baltimore Orioles won the rubber game of the three game set with the annoying New York Yankees 3-1 in a game rain shortened to just five innings.

Kevin Gausman got his first “compete” game going the aforementioned 5-innings, giving up four-hits and only a lead off Brett Gardner home run as an earned run. Yo-Yo Gausman moves his record to 4-2, while lowering his ERA to 3.29 going into the All-Star Break.

And speaking of the All-Star break, two Orioles starters will be pitching during said break in Bowie. Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris will both make starts during the break. The Orioles will have a practice in Oakland Thursday before they open up a 3-game series with the A’s on Friday July 18th.

Some highlights from the first half for the Orioles:

Nelson Cruz: .285, 28 HR’s, 74 RBI’s, .918 OPS

Adam Jones: .303, 16 HR’s, 54 RBI’s, .814 OPS

Nick Markakis: .290, 7 HR’s, 32 RBI’s, .752 OPS

Steve Pearce: .316, 11 HR’s, 31 RBI’s, .950 OPS

Slugger Chris Davis has dipped his average below the Mendoza line (.197) after Sunday night’s win, but did have big opposite field home run that gave the Birds the lead for good. Jonathan Schoop (.221 AVG, 6 HR, 22 RBI, .562 OPS) knocked in J.J. Hardy (.290 AVG, 3 HR, 26 RBI) to provide the insurance run.

The Birds end the first half 52-42 wining seven out of their last ten vs. some good competition. They lead the AL East by 4.0 games over the Blue Jays and 5.0 over the Yankees. Both the Rays and Red Sox are 9.5 game back of the Black and Orange.

After the break, the Orioles will travel to the west coast to begin a tough 10-game road trip through Oakland, LA (Angels) and Seattle. All three teams are well above .500 and could be an opponent if the Orioles make the postseason. Giddy up…

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