The Orioles finally are playing their first game outside the Eastern time zone. It only took 49.
Adam Jones’ sprained left ankle has healed. Now he needs his bat to heat up.
Jones hit .400/.440/.707 with six doubles, one triple, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 20 games in April. He hit .239/.272/.284 with two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in 27 games in May.
Jones is 12-for-34 (.353) with two doubles, two home runs, four RBIs, one walk and 10 strikeouts in nine career games as the designated hitter.
Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Houston that J.J. Hardy has some soreness in his left side. I’m not a doctor, but I assume it’s not related to the lower back tightness that forced him out of a game on May 25. It’s definitely not related to the left shoulder injury that forced him to begin the season on the disabled list.
Tune into “O’s Xtra” pregame at 7:30 p.m. on MASN2 for snippets from Showalter’s pregame session.
Delmon Young’s first home run yesterday snapped a 45-game homerless streak dating to Aug. 30, 2014. As the Orioles PR staff notes, it marked the third-longest homerless streak of Young’s career.
The longest streaks were both set from 2007-2008 (66 games, Sept. 25, 2007 to June 6, 2008 and 59 games, June 23, 2007 to Aug. 26, 2007).
The Orioles and White Sox are tied for first in the majors with 16 outfield assists. Young leads the team and is tied for second in the majors with six.
Manny Machado has hit safely in 28 of his last 36 games, batting .307/.368/.543 (43-for-140) with 10 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 17 RBIs and 24 runs scored.
The Orioles are 27-3 when catcher Caleb Joseph records at least one RBI and 12-1 when he has two more more.
Ubaldo Jimenez is 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 11 starts since Sept. 16, 2014, when the Orioles clinched the American League East title.
Jimenez is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA on the road this season, with 10 earned runs allowed in 16 2/3 innings.
In 40 career starts in June, Jimenez is 17-11 with a 3.24 ERA in 250 innings. His 17 wins are the most in any month and his 3.24 ERA is the lowest of any month (minimum of 10 starts).
The Orioles are averaging 5.40 runs in support of Jimenez this season, compared to 3.66 last season in 25 games (22 starts).
Jimenez has surrendered only one run in the first inning this season.
Reliever Brad Brach has gone 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a save in 20 innings over his last 14 appearances since April 15.
Closer Zach Britton has converted nine consecutive save opportunities since May 3, the second-longest streak of his career behind an 18-game stretch rom July 19 to Sept. 4, 2014.
Darren O’Day ranked sixth among American League relievers with a 0.95 ERA.
Tommy Hunter has posted a 2.60 ERA in his last 16 appearances.
On this date in 1960, Orioles right-hander Hal “Skinny” Brown allowed only one hit, a first-inning home run to Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle, in a 4-1 win that completed a three-game sweep.