San Diego Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. gets over the fence to take a home run away from Orioles' J.J. Hardy in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in San Diego.
San Diego Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. gets over the fence to take a home run away from Orioles' J.J. Hardy in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in San Diego. (Lenny Ignelzi / AP)

The Orioles go into Thursday's series opener in Seattle with 55 homers this month. They already own a share of the major league record for the most homers in June but they have one game to make that and another record their own.

The Orioles trail the record for most home runs hit in any month by three, but if you take into account the four homers that were taken away from the O's this month by home-run robbing catches, the Orioles would already own the record.

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Instead, they will have to work a little harder for it on Thursday, their final game of the month. But here's a look at what could have already been.

June 7: Before Manny Machado charged the mound after getting plunked by a 99-mph fastball by Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura, prompting a benches-clearing brawl, Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain took a home run away from Pedro Alvarez in the first inning. Cain sped into the left-center gap and leaped against the wall full-speed, robbing Alvarez of a two-run homer.

June 19: Shortstop J.J. Hardy launched a ball destined to the left-field stands in the seventh inning, but Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders gauged the ball at the warning track and perfectly timed a jumping catch to take away a solo homer. The 6-foot-4 Saunders – who hit three homers in one game earlier in the series – used his size to reach over the left-field fence.

June 24: Center fielder Adam Jones pretended to sob uncontrollably after watching Rays left fielder Taylor Motter take away a solo home run to left in the fourth inning. Jones had his revenge in his next at bat two innings later, hitting a solo homer to left that Motter could do nothing but watch land beyond his reach in the left-field stands.

June 28: Hardy hit a blast to straight-away center field that would have snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the second inning. But Padres center fielder Melvin Upton, Jr. made a sensational leaping catch, extending his entire arm over the fence to snag Hardy's hit and bring it back into the ballpark. Upton then threw the ball in to help retire Mark Trumbo for an inning-ending double play.

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