Earl Weaver would be proud.The high-octane Orioles crushed three more home runs on Sunday, giving them 51 this month, just four shy of the Major League record for June with three games still to go.Baltimore entered the game against the Rays with an MLB-best 117 homers this season, then Chris
Earl Weaver would be proud.
The high-octane Orioles crushed three more home runs on Sunday, giving them 51 this month, just four shy of the Major League record for June with three games still to go.
Baltimore entered the game against the Rays with an MLB-best 117 homers this season, then Chris Davis kicked off the afternoon at Camden Yards with his seventh career grand slam in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop knocked a solo shot in the third inning and Mark Trumbo made it a trifecta with his Major League-leading 22nd -- a two-run blast -- in the fifth en route to a 12-5 drubbing of Tampa Bay. Trumbo stood roughly 27,000 votes behind Boston's Mookie Betts for the final American League starting outfield spot in Tuesday's latest 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update.
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The Orioles, who have homered in all but seven of their 75 games this season, are within range of the 1996 Oakland A's, who clubbed a June-record 55 home runs. Those A's reached 55 over 29 games, while Baltimore has hit 51 in just 25 games. After an off-day on Monday, the O's have three more games this month, two at Petco Park against the Padres followed by a series opener in Seattle on Thursday.
The 1961 Yankees and '61 Milwaukee Braves rank second and third on the list for home runs in June, with 53 and 52, respectively. The record for home runs by a team in one calendar month is 58, shared by the Orioles in May '87 and the Mariners in May '99.
Weaver managed the Orioles from the late 1960s into the '80s, and the late skipper said his style of managing boiled down to "pitching, defense, and the three-run homer." The Orioles won the World Series under Weaver in '70.
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