The all-time series between the Orioles and Nationals is tied 24-24. The Orioles are 17-10 in Baltimore and 7-14 in Washington.
Vladimir Guerrero's sixth-inning double yesterday was the 2,500th hit of his major league career, making him the 94th player to reach that mark and the seventh active player, joining Derek Jeter, Pudge Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Chipper Jones.
Guerrero's 2,501 hits are third-most for a Dominican-born player behind Julio Franco (2,586) and Manny Ramirez (2,574).
The Orioles are 6-1 when J.J. Hardy hits a home run. Four of his seven homers have given the Orioles the lead.
Hardy is batting .375 (12-for-32) in the leadoff spot, with four doubles, three homers and four RBIs. He's reached safely in 22 of 23 games since May 21, batting .349 (30-for-86) with seven doubles, five homers, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Hardy has a .417 on-base percentage and a .605 slugging percentage in those 23 games.
The Orioles are just 5-12 in their last 17 road games and have lost eight of their last 10.
The Orioles are fourth in the American League with 14 outfield assists. Adam Jones leads the club with seven and Nick Markakis has six. Jones is tied with Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen for the major league lead among center fielders.
The Orioles have scored in the first inning in six of the last 10 games after going 16 straight games without scoring in the opening frame.
The Orioles are looking for their 32nd victory after not winning their 32nd game in 2010 until July 29. They're looking for their 12th road victory after not winning their 12th game away from Camden Yards last year until July 10.
I don't know if this is a good sign for left-hander Zach Britton, who starts tonight, but brother Buck Britton had a three-run double last night for Double-A Bowie.
Meanwhile, I wanted to alert everyone that we're going to a new commenting system here at MASNsports.com beginning later this afternoon. It's called Disqus, the popular online commenting system used by CNN, Wired magazine, Fox News, MLB.com, MLB Trade Rumors and others.
Ben Goessling over on the Nationals side has been using it for a while. He provided the following explanation, which I'm lifting from him:
You'll comment much in the same way you did before, typing your thoughts in the comment box below my blog entries. When you put your cursor in that commenting window, you'll see a box pop down that has an option to add an image on the left-hand side, and a silver button that says "Post As" on the right-hand side. When you're ready to post, click on that button. It'll bring up a pop-up menu that allows you to comment as a guest (enter a handle and email, just like you've always done), or sync Disqus with your Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter or OpenId accounts. You can also sign up for a Disqus account, and use it across the Web.
If you sign in with a third-party account, your comments will post automatically to the site. You're able to comment with a username and email, like you did before, if you prefer to make up an email address. However, I'll still have to approve those comments. That's the way most major news sites are doing things these days; it cuts down on spam and, quite frankly, allows for a better discussion, since we're able to keep things from veering to the irrelevant or the obscene. And I'd guess the percentage of you not using Google, Facebook or Twitter is slim.
You can "like" a comment, or add a picture to what you're posting. Also, it will keep discussions a little more organized. When you reply to a comment, you'll see your response under the comment you replied to, rather than having to go back and find it in a chronological order. And the platform allows you to do a number of different things across the Web. If you sign up for a Disqus account, you can post your comments here (or on other Disqus-supported blogs) to your Facebook profile or your Twitter account. It will also allow you to track the comments you've left on blogs all over the Web, so you can keep track of your online conversations in one spot.
All of your old comments will still appear in my blog posts, though most of the entries say they have zero comments at the moment. And you'll also see me replying to your comments with a new comment, rather than writing below the text of your comment like I used to do.
Let's see how it goes.