Carroll County Times

Davis sets homer mark as O's top BoSox

BOSTON - Baltimore Orioles fans will think the most important thing about Tuesday night's game was Chris Davis eclipsing Brady Anderson's club record for home runs.
Davis thinks the more important thing was that the Orioles' won.
The Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox before 35,030 at Fenway Park was vital because there are so many teams in the mix for the wild card.
Baltimore (80-70) trails Texas and Tampa Bay by two games. Cleveland is 1 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles.
Davis' big homer came in the sixth inning, and it was a long shot to center field.
"When you're hitting home runs and your team's not winning, it feels like it's kind of for nothing," Davis said.
In the ninth, Danny Valencia tripled off Koji Uehara (4-1), who had retired 37 consecutive batters and pitched 30 1-3 scoreless innings. Matt Wieters' sacrifice fly scored Alexi Casilla, who ran for Valencia.
Tommy Hunter (6-4) got the win. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 46th save.
"I think the biggest thing it means tonight, and I think Chris will answer this, is [it] was meaningful for us winning this game," manager Buck Showalter said.
Scott Feldman started and pitched five rocky innings, allowing two runs, one of them unearned. Baltimore committed three errors for the first time since June 27, 2012 and Manny Machado had his first two error game.
"We obviously didn't play the best defense tonight, and that's something we take a lot of pride in, but Feldy did a great job of keeping them off the bases and really keep them from scoring. Our bullpen came in and did a good job," Davis said.
Dustin Pedroia hit a leadoff homer for Boston (92-60) in the first, and they scored an unearned run in the fourth on two Orioles errors.
Baltimore scored its first run in the fifth on Brian Roberts' infield out.
With so many teams in the mix, Baltimore is trying not to look ahead.
"These games are important," Davis said. "Obviously, these will make or break us."
NOTES: Darren O'Day, who has been sidelined with numbness in the second and third fingers of his right hand threw Tuesday afternoon in Sarasota, Fla.
Showalter said that it was possible that O'Day could join the team in Boston for Wednesday's game.
"He threw off the mound. He threw all his pitches. He felt pretty good. See how he feels in the morning when he comes in," Showalter said. "He's still got just a little bit of soreness from the actual injections. He seems to be making progress."
O'Day hasn't pitched since Sept. 7.
Miguel Gonzalez, who left Sunday's game in Toronto with a strained right groin in the sixth inning will miss his next start. Bud Norris, who missed a start due to discomfort in his right elbow, hopes to start on Saturday.
If Norris isn't able to start, Showalter says the Orioles have a handful of candidates to take his place. Two of them could be Zach Britton or Tsuyoshi Wada, both of whom will throw a simulated game on Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla.
Kevin Gausman, Steve Johnson and Josh Stinson are other candidates to start.
Steve Pearce, who'd been on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist was reactivated.
The Orioles decided to leave Henry Urrutia in Sarasota to play in the Instructional League and prepare for the Arizona Fall League next month. Urrutia will only be called up if there are injuries to outfielders.
On Monday, Baltimore designated Wilson Betemit for assignment. Betemit, who missed nearly all of the season with a severely sprained right knee was 0-for-10.
"His next goal is to play in winter ball to show everybody he's healthy, and if that's the case, he'll be a contributor on a major league club next year. He's just not in a position right now to do that consistently, and we needed the roster spot. I don't think it was fair to him. We tried to find if he could get it going a little bit, but it just wasn't there," Showalter said.