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Catching Up With The Orioles

Here's some news from the team.

Five Orioles Heading to All-Star Game

Shortstop JJ Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones, and first baseman Chris Davis were all voted starters by MLB fans. Third baseman Manny Machado was voted a reserve by the MLB players. Now, right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman has been added to the group of Orioles heading to New York for Tuesday's game. He was named to the team as a late replacement for Justin Verlander, the Detroit pitcher.

The fifth year pro boasts a record of 11-3, a 3.95 ERA, and 89 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings.

Tillman brings the count of All-Stars this season up to five, the best showing for the ball club since the 1997 season. The players on that 1997 team included Cal Ripken Jr. and Robert Alomar, both Hall of Famers, as well as Brady Anderson, Mike Mussina, and Randy Myers.

The 2013 All-Star game will be played on Tuesday night, July 16th, in New York. The game will be broadcasted on FOX at 8PM.

Davis Ties Home Run Record

First baseman Chris Davis tied the American League record for most home runs hit before the All-Star break in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. Davis hit his 37th home run of the season. Barry Bonds holds the MLB record, hitting 39 back in 2001 with the Giants. Davis shares his record with Reggie Jackson who also hit 37 homers back in 1969 with Oakland.

Davis' efforts in the early going of the season not only landed him a starting spot on the American League All-Star team, but also punched his ticket to the Home Run Derby. Tune into ESPN on Monday, July 15th at 8PM to watch Davis show off his homerun magic in the Home Run Derby.

Manny Rides Impressive Year to All-Star Game

It was just a year ago that the third baseman was playing shortstop for double-A Bowie. He was only just learning the ropes of third base. Manny Machado was called up last August to play third base. He's been quite a surprise.

Machado recently turned 21 and has put up impressive numbers for such a young player. At the All-Star break, his hitting average is .311 and he has seven homers to go along with 45 RBIs and a league best 39 doubles.

"Hard work pays off," Machado comments. "I'm just blessed about it."

"We'll all kind of live through him a bit," general manager Buck Showalter adds. "It's been fun to watch."

Steve Pearce Recovering

The 30 year-old first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter was placed on the DL back on June 21st, but has been recovering well since. He had wrist tendinitis. It was listed that the left wrist was bothering him, but it was really both wrists.

"Steve is progressing," Showalter shared. "There's only one wrist bothering him now."

Pearce stepped up his game a bit late, just before his injury, hitting .235 and adding three homers and nine RBIs.

Additional Notes

  • Orioles have tied a franchise record from 1979 by having 16 consecutive games against AL East teams where they've hit a home run.
  • The 130 homers the Orioles have hit so far this season is second in club history. Back in 1996, the Orioles hit 134 homers before the All-Star break.
  • Matt Weiters (catcher) caught two more players trying to steal a base on Saturday's game against the Blue Jays. He is now 16 for 36 on the season.