Jose Bautista, who did not homer in 11 Orioles at bats in 2004, tonight hit his seventh homer this year against Baltimore pitching.
Bautista has 17 hits this year vs. the O’s and 14 have gone for extra-bases after he homered off Brad Bergesen in the first tonight.
He is 17 for 55 (.309) vs. the O’s in 2010 with six doubles, a triple, seven homers and 16 RBI. He began this game with an OPS of 1.159 vs. Orioles pitching.
He also has homered six times on the season vs. the Red Sox and Yankees.
He tied the Blue Jays single season record with his 47th homer tonight. George Bell hit 47 in 1987.
Of his 47 homers, 40 have come vs. right-handed pitchers, 30 have come at home and 12 have come on the second pitch of an at bat like the one in the first inning tonight, which came on an 0-1 pitch.