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In first at-bat Saturday, Chris Davis hits 36th home run of season

With another swing of the bat, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued his historic first half Saturday. In the second inning, Davis pushed a 3-2 offering from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond into the left-center field seats next to the bullpen area.

The homer, Davis' 36th of the year, cut the Blue Jays lead to 2-1. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel in the first inning to take an early lead.

Davis' 36 home runs are the second-most before the All-Star break since Barry Bonds hit 39 before the break in 2001. Luis Gonzalez hit 35 before the break that year.

It's the fourth-most home runs before the break in history. Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire hit 37 before the All-Star Game in 1969 and 1998, respectively.

It was also Davis' 14th home run against the Blue Jays since the start of the 2012 season.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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