By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
8:39 PM EDT, August 29, 2013
BOSTON -- In the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 47th homer of the season, breaking a tie for third on the franchise’s all-time single season list with Jim Gentile, who hit 46 in 1961. He now trails only Brady Anderson (50 in 1996) and Frank Robinson (49 in 1966).
Thursday, Davis said the milestones are something he’ll consider when the season is over.
“It’s tough to look at that right now. We lost a big game [Wednesday] night,” Davis said. “The time for individual awards will be at the end of the season. That’s kind of been my focus really all year. In the big picture, that home run didn’t give us a win. So it’s hard for me to say that I feel a great deal of accomplishment from that.”
Davis, who was born in Texas 25 years after Gentile’s greatest season in Baltimore, admitted he knew very little about Diamond Jim’s exploits for the early 1960s Orioles. But Gentile sent an email to the Orioles —which was forwarded to Davis — on Aug. 22, the day after Davis tied Gentile on the franchise list. Davis was very appreciative of that.
“He basically said, ‘Keep going, congratulations,’ all that kind of stuff,” Davis said. “It’s hard to get into all that stuff right now. But I think it’s cool anytime a player that has been successful in the past reaches out to you.”
Heading into Thursday, Davis was leading the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, the favorite to win the AL MVP for a second consecutive year, by four homers and trailing him by 10 RBIs.
Cabrera left Thursday afternoon’s game against the Oakland Athletics after five innings because of abdominal discomfort. Cabrera may not miss a game, but an extended absence by the third baseman likely would help Davis’ MVP chances. Again, Davis isn’t thinking that way.
“Obviously, I hope he is OK. If he misses any time, that’s big for that team,” Davis said. “They are in the same situation we are, they are trying to make the postseason. You never wish injuries on anyone. I know he was playing hurt, so I hope he is all right.”
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