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Orioles' bats sizzle as Davey Johnson's beard grows

Davey Johnson says he won't shave until his team's bats heat up. This promises not to be a good look. He may want to re-think that decision.

The Washington manager is 70 years old and the Nationals show no signs of coming out of their hitting slump after their 6-2 loss to the Orioles Monday. And old guys with heavy whiskers can end up looking like derelicts or nutty-professor types, which is not exactly what you want to see from the guy who fills out the lineup card every day.

Luckily for Buck Showalter, his team is having no such problems at the plate.

The Orioles' bats are on fire, so much so that it's almost surreal to watch after so many years of pitiful offense from this team. And it's making up for some very real deficiencies in their starting rotation and taking some of the heat off their struggling closer, Jim Johnson.

The Orioles' 15 hits and six runs against the Nats was the sixth straight game in which they've scored five or more runs.

And going into someone else's ballpark doesn't seem to faze them at all. They're smacking around opposing pitching wherever they go. They've now scored five or more runs in 10 straight road games, a club record.

So we probably don't have to worry about Showalter growing a beard to get the O's bats going.

Which is probably a good thing -- with that white hair, he'd end up looking like one of those grizzled old nautical guys in a fish sticks commercial.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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