Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (pictured) was on his way to his second strong performance in a row when he grabbed at his side and exited Sunday's game with a right oblique strain. That's very bad news for a team that already has called on four Triple-A starters to fill in the fifth slot in the rotation and replace injured Miguel Gonzalez. It was a tough week already, after so-so outings by Jason Hammel, Freddy Garcia and Steve Johnson, and that was reflected in the combined numbers. The rotation posted a 2-2 record with a 6.03 ERA and averaged just five innings per start. Even though the team managed to go 4-2 in those games, this is starting to get scary.
Grade: D (Hannah Foslien / Getty Images /May 12, 2013)
When Orioles right fielder Chris Davis launched that mammoth blast onto the roof of the restaurant above center field at The Trop, he became only the second player in Orioles history to homer in six consecutive games. The other was Reggie Jackson, who homered in six straight games (July 18-23) in 1976.
Davis now has hit seven home runs over that span to take over the team lead with 33 home runs. He also leads the Orioles with 85 RBI. The homer, off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields, was the Orioles first hit of Tuesday night's game.
Lest anyone forget, Davis was named American League Co-Player of the Week alongside Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander after hitting five homers and driving in 10 runs last week.