Chris Davis has set a Baltimore Orioles record by hitting his 31st home run before the All-Star break in the second inning against New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on Sunday in Baltimore.
The previous franchise record for home runs before the All-Star break was 30, by Brady Anderson in 1996. That season, Anderson set the club record for homers in a season with 50.
Davis leads the majors in home runs and has 80 RBI, second in the American League behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera.
Davis is the first player in major league history to have at least 30 homers and 25 doubles before July. The last major leaguer to have 30 homers before the All-Star break was Albert Pujols in 2009.
CUBS TO LOSE SWEENEY
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney will be placed on the disabled list after breaking a rib on his left side crashing into the outfield wall at Safeco Field on Saturday.
The team said Sweeney will be held out of baseball activities for four to six weeks.
Chicago is off Monday and is expected to put Sweeney on the DL before Tuesday’s game at Oakland.
CUDDYER’S STREAK HITS 27
Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 27 games on Sunday with an RBI single in the eighth inning off Sandy Rosario in the Colorado Rockies’ game against the San Francisco Giants.
Cuddyer’s streak is the longest in Rockies’ history and in the majors this season. He has reached base safely in a franchise-record 46 consecutive games.
The Angels announced outfielder Peter Bourjos will likely be placed on the 15-day disables list with a broken right wrist that he sustained after being hit by a pitch from the Astros’ Jordan Lyles on Saturday. … The Orioles activated second baseman Brian Roberts from the disabled list. The two-time All-Star had been on the DL since April 5 with a strained right hamstring. … Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was scratched from the lineup in a game against the Athletics due to food poisoning. … Lance Berkman was out of the Rangers’ lineup for the third consecutive game because of pain in his surgically repaired right knee. … Astros first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Pena will miss the next two games because of bereavement leave. Pena’s nephew drowned in the Dominican Republic and the player was traveling there to be with his family. … The Indians placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the three-day paternity list and recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. … The Rockies agreed with outfielder Xavier Nady on a minor-league contract.