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Chris Davis has record-setting night, plus Matt Wieters catches a break and more

After hitting five homers over the past three games -- including two in Friday night’s 10-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first player in franchise history to record multiple 40-homer seasons.

“It means a lot,” Davis said after Friday’s game. “I really don’t focus a whole lot on personal goals.

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Orioles notebook: Mike Wright returns, ready for start Saturday, plus injury updates

The last time Mike Wright pitched a game at Rogers Centre, the most memorable image from that day was the Orioles 25-year-old right-hander repeatedly pounding his fist into the dugout bench in frustration after the shortest outing of his brief major league career.

Wright will get another shot at the Toronto Blue Jays lineup, starting Saturday to fill the team’s open rotation hole.

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Taking a look at the Orioles' upcoming series in Toronto

The Orioles will open their three-game series in Toronto tonight coming off a much-needed 11-inning win Wednesday at Camden Yards, ending a six-game losing streak and avoiding being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays at home.

They simply couldn’t have gone into the Rogers Centre reeling from seven straight losses against a Blue Jays team that appears poised to win the American League East.

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Miguel Gonzalez optimistic he'll pitch again this season, plus more Orioles notes

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is optimistic he will be able to pitch again this season after receiving MRI results on his right shoulder and elbow that showed no structural damage.

Gonzalez said he had felt fatigue over the past two weeks, but didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary at this point in the season because all players have their bumps and bruises.

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Visa problem will force Orioles to replace Dariel Alvarez in Toronto

The Orioles are headed to Toronto on Thursday for a weekend series against the Blue Jays, but Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez will not be making the first half of the upcoming six-game road trip that concludes in New York.

Manager Buck Showalter confirmed on Wednesday night that Alvarez has not gotten his U.S.

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Shades of 2002, but not quite as dark for Orioles

When an Orioles team has a bad start, there inevitably will be comparisons to the 1988 team that lost 21 straight to begin the year. The sense is it will never be as bad as that.

And when an Orioles club has a terrible finish, there is inevitably a comparison to the 2002 team that lost 32 of its final 36. The sense is it will never be as bad as that.

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