Orioles-Rays series will feature two sizzling September bats

September 11, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

There might be just one player who is swinging a hotter bat than Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds these days.

And that's Rays center fielder B.J. Upton.

Both are players who have received their share of criticism over their careers, but as the season winds down with both of their teams in the pennant race, Upton and Reynolds will both play huge roles in their teams' success.

Upton was named American League Player of the Week on Monday after going 8-for-20 (.400) with one double, five homers, six RBIs, seven runs, three stolen bases in six games this past week.

Upton had a three-homer game Sunday against the Rangers. He's hitting .407/.467/1.037 in eight September games. 

Reynolds, a top vote-getter for the same award, hit .292 with five homers and 10 RBIs this past week. He's hitting .323/.432/1.000 in nine September games.  

Few have had a stretch like Reynolds, who has three two-homer games in his last 10 and has hit 13 of his 21 homers since Aug. 8.

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