Orioles’ Davis Ties Jackson’s Home Run Record by All-Star Break

Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles hit his Major League Baseball-leading 37th home run of the season to tie Reggie Jackson’s American League record for the most by the All-Star break.

Davis hit homers in his past four games to finish two shy of Barry Bonds’s major-league record of 39 homers at the break in 2001. Jackson had 37 for the Oakland Athletics during the first half of the 1969 season.

Davis, a 27-year-old first baseman, already eclipsed his career high of 33 homers set last season and extended his tally yesterday in the Orioles’ 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baseball’s All-Star Game is scheduled for tomorrow at New York’s Citi Field. The Home Run Derby is scheduled for tonight and Davis is one of the four participants on the AL team that’s captained by Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees.

Defending individual champion Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers and Yoenis Cespedes of the Athletics are also on the AL squad, while the National League’s Home Run Derby team features David Wright of the New York Mets, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies and Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates, at 56-37, have baseball’s second-best winning percentage at the All-Star break behind the St. Louis Cardinals as they seek their first winning season since 1992.

The Boston Red Sox have the best record in the American League at 58-39 and lead the Tampa Bay Rays (55-41) by 2 1/2 games in the American League Eastern Division. The Orioles are 4 1/2 games back at 53-43, followed by the Yankees at 51-44.

The Yankees lost to Minnesota 10-4 yesterday as the Twins took two of three games between the teams for their first series win in New York since 2001.

Oakland sits atop the AL West at 56-39, while the Tigers have a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL Central with a 52-42 record.

The Atlanta Braves lead the NL East by six games at 54-41 and the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks are 50-45.

The Cardinals improved their major league-leading record to 57-36 by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning last night to beat the Chicago Cubs 10-6 in the final game before baseball’s All-Star break.

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