Center fielder Adam Jones’ first-inning walk Thursday was his first in 43 games, spanning 184 plate appearances, the longest stretch in the majors this season.
Jones is on pace to draw just 17 walks this season. That would be the fewest by a player with at least 65- plate appearances (Jones is on pace for 701) since Minnesota’s Christian Guzman drew 17 walks in 656 plate appearances in 2002.
If he stays on his current pace, Jones would become the first player since 1901 to walk 18 or fewer times and hit more than 11 homers and drive in more than 65 runs. Jones already has 15 homers and 59 RBIs.
Around the horn:
*Left-handed hitting first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 32 homers, toyed around with hitting from the right side in batting practice and launched a home run from the right side into the White Sox bullpen beyond the left-field fence.
*With one hit Thursday, Manny Machado has hit safely in 23 of his last 26 road games.
*J.J. Hardy’s first-inning error, his team-high seventh of the season, was the Orioles’ second in their last 14 games. They lead the majors with a .991 fielding percentage.
*In the Orioles’ 60-year history, Davis’ 83 RBIs would have led 11 different O’s teams.
*Rookie reliever T.J. McFarland had about 300 family and friends at Wednesday’s game sitting behind the Orioles bullpen in right field all wearing Orioles No. 66 jersey shirts. McFarland, who grew up in the southern Chicago suburb of Palo Hills, grew up watching the White Sox.
*Showalter said he’s been impressed with the early reports on Orioles first-round supplemental pick Josh Hart, who was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in his third pro game Thursday playing in the Gulf Coast League. The 18-year-old outfielder is 4-for-13 with five RBIs in those three games.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun