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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Now that Chris Davis is assured the starting spot at first base on the American League All-Star team, another obvious question is lingering. Will he represent the AL in the Home Run Derby? Official word is supposed to come Monday, when New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and New York Mets third baseman David Wright - this year's Derby captains - are expected to announce their teams. Davis, who leads all major leaguers with 33 homers this season and also has plenty of mammoth, great-for-TV shots on his resume, seems like a no-brainer.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones wasn't worried at all that participating in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby would mess with his swing in the second half of the season. Jones said he seldom deviates from his swing-from-the-heels power stroke. And while he didn't win the Home Run Derby, he has put on quite a power display for the Orioles since returning for the start of the second half. In Monday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Jones hit a pair of two-run homers off rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker for his fifth career multihomer game, providing the Orioles with all the offense they needed in a 4-2 victory in front of an announced 39,028 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
The lineup has been announced for tonight's Home Run Derby at Citi Field. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is fifth, behind Pedro Alvarez and in front of Bryce Harper. Obviously, it is AL and NL switching spots with defending champion Prince Fielder going first and the captains going last. Here is the order: Prince Fielder, Michael Cuddyer, Yoenis Cespedes, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis, Bryce Harper, Robinson Cano, David Wright. We'll know more about tomorrow's batting order for the game within an hour or so. One other note: Davis is now the favorite to win the Derby, according to bovada.lv, an online betting site . Davis is now 11-4 odds to win with Fielder at 15-4.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
I struggle with the Home Run Derby, despite being a huge fan of three-hour batting practice sessions involving Cuban sluggers. There's a very small percentage of baseball fans who feel like I do. If this, and the All-Star Game, are really for the kids, why have them at eight? It makes no sense. So all that happened, and all the rest of this stuff, as you'll read in the Coffee Companion. - Mike Preston believes Jimmy Smith's arrest is attributable to his immaturity . League precedent says he likely won't be disciplined for his arrest last weekend in Towson - Jeff Zrebiec broke down the Ravens' running back depth as part of his positional previews ahead of training camp.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Chris Davis' strategy for next week's Home Run Derby is simple. “Swing hard, and hit it far,” the first baseman said Tuesday before the Orioles hosted the Texas Rangers. Davis was selected to the American League 's Derby team Monday by New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano , and he spoke to the media for the first time since his selection Tuesday. Much has been made in the past about players harming their performance in the second half of the season based on messing up their swing in the Home Run Derby, but it doesn't appear that Davis is worried.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
NEW YORK -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was dealing with a popped blister in the center of his right palm during the second round of Monday's Home Run Derby, said what really derailed him during the event was fatigue. “Yeah, your adrenaline gets you going for a little bit,” said Davis, who was knocked out in the second round , falling to Washington's Bryce Harper and the eventual champion, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes . “But once that wears off, you realize how many swings you take and how tiring it really is.” "It's not just batting practice; the derby is much more difficult, he said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Orioles fans have another reason to cheer for Chris Davis to win tonight's  Home Run Derby. For every home run Davis hits, the Orioles will discount $1 for all field level tickets for the team's games July 30-Aug. 1 against the Astros and Aug. 2-Aug. 4 against the Mariners. Field level tickets include field box (regularly $55-60), lower box ($45) and left field lower box ($30). The maximum discount is $25, so there's no extra discount if Davis hits more than 25 homers tonight, and tickets are limited to six per household.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Adam Jones was one of the highlights from last night's Home Run Derby, even if he didn't make it past the second round. His ubiquitous WWE title belt made another appearance, he stared down Jett Ruiz for the rare Home Run Derby brushback pitch, and his presence gave us a cameo from Matt Wieters and his bionic arm. Jones also is saving his hometown fans a little money if they want to see that batting practice power manifest itself in a game....
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Orioles' best slugger won't participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but the club still will be represented at the event. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who entered Tuesday leading the major leagues with 28 home runs, declined an invitation from American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. But center fielder Adam Jones didn't turn down the opportunity to hit in the annual event, which will be held Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. “I said, 'What do you want to do?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Chris Davis is becoming the popular pick to win tonight's Home Run Derby, but the Orioles' first baseman says that doesn't add any pressure. "I dont think there is any pressure on me to win," he said Monday afternoon. "Like everybody else, I just want to put on a good show. And I want the fans to have a really good time and enjoy it. We played here [at Citi Field] last year, and I dont really remember it very much. It was just a three-game series. But like Robinson [Cano]
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Adam Jones was one of the highlights from last night's Home Run Derby, even if he didn't make it past the second round. His ubiquitous WWE title belt made another appearance, he stared down Jett Ruiz for the rare Home Run Derby brushback pitch, and his presence gave us a cameo from Matt Wieters and his bionic arm. Jones also is saving his hometown fans a little money if they want to see that batting practice power manifest itself in a game....
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Writing another piece about Orioles center fielder Adam Jones as he prepares to play in tonight's All-Star Game could have been a real challenge. After all, we have written about the man hundreds of times in his career with the Orioles. But I must admit, I find him pretty fascinating. When Jones wants to be, he is one of the more thoughtful and introspective players I have covered. (When he doesn't want to be, it's best to leave him alone and catch him on another day). Jones also gets the importance of connecting with fans.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' decision to participate in Monday's Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis came down to one simple criterion. “I wanted to do it,” Jones said Wednesday. Jones will join captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics and Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins in representing the American League. One other AL competitor will be added Thursday. Under this year's new bracket format, the AL winner will face the best National League performer in a final, head-to-head round to determine a champion.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Orioles' best slugger won't participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but the club still will be represented at the event. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who entered Tuesday leading the major leagues with 28 home runs, declined an invitation from American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. But center fielder Adam Jones didn't turn down the opportunity to hit in the annual event, which will be held Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. “I said, 'What do you want to do?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz was invited to participate in this year's All-Star Game Home Run Derby earlier this week, but the major leagues' co-home run leader said Sunday that he likely won't take part in the event. Cruz said he didn't necessarily think that participating in the event would affect his swing following the All-Star break. But with the Orioles in the playoff race, Cruz said he wouldn't want to risk that. The Home Run Derby, which will take place July 14 - the day before the All-Star Game - at Target Field in Minneapolis, is a popular fan event, but players have increasingly found themselves torn whether to participate.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla.  - Amid one of the greatest offensive seasons in team history, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was already trying to temper expectations swirling around Chris Davis. At least three times last September, Showalter told reporters that they shouldn't expect Davis to duplicate his banner 2013 season in which he hit a franchise-record 53 homers, drove in 138 runs and finished third in the American League Most Valuable Player voting. That bar was set just incredibly high, the manager would say. Showalter was trying to protect his 28-year-old first baseman, trying to make sure that he doesn't put too much pressure on himself or be affected by the other's expectations.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Following Chris Davis' 37th homer on Sunday in the Orioles' final game before the All-Star break, online sportsbook Bovada now has the first baseman listed as the betting favorite for tonight's Home Run Derby. Bovada currently gives Davis 11-to-4 odds of winning the Derby. Previous favorite and reigning champion Prince Fielder now owns 15-to-4 odds. When Bovada first released its Derby odds, Davis had 15-to-4 odds of winning, just behind Fielder (7-to-2 odds). “Since Chris Davis hit his 37thhome run last night, we have been seeing increased action on him overnight and throughout the fay and have now made him the favorite to win the Derby tonight at 11-to-4,” Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley said in a news release.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
He homered in the last four games before the All-Star break. He's tied for the most home runs hit before the All-Star break in American League history with 37. He's on pace for the first 60-home run season since 2001. But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hasn't practiced for Monday night's Home Run Derby yet. Besides, the first-time All-Star isn't really sure how to practice for something he's done for his entire career - and done exceptionally well. "I'm not really sure what to expect," Davis said before going 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBIs in the Orioles' 7-4 win over Toronto.
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Peter Schmuck | July 16, 2013
Maybe it was the moment when ESPN showed Chris Davis with his hand wrapped in a towel on Monday night. Maybe it was a little later, when the temptation to switch over to the rose ceremony on "The Bachelorette" was almost too much to resist. Perhaps I'm just out of touch with the rest of the baseball world (which wouldn't be a major upset), but it didn't take me very long to remember why the annual All-Star Home Run Derby hasn't done it for me in quite some time. It must still be quite popular if so many fans were willing to pay hundreds of dollars on the aftermarket for tickets to watch some of the biggest sluggers in the game take batting practice at New York's Citi Field, but Monday kind of clinched it for me. Once Davis was no longer in play and Adam Jones had delivered a bunch of Nathan's hot dogs to the ESPN broadcast crew, the only thing I waited around to see was whether Bryce Harper or Yoenis Cespedes was going to break the windshield on one of those Chevy pickup trucks perched conspicuously behind the center field fence.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
As we lead up to tonight's All-Star Game, here are some Orioles odds and ends: -- ESPN's television broadcast of last night's Home Run Derby receieved a 5.0 overnight rating, which is up six percent from last year's broadcast. In Baltimore, the broadcast received a 9.0 rating, which was up 137 percent locally from 2012. Baltimore was the third highest-rated market in the nation behind Detroit (9.8) and Pittsburgh (9.6). -- Online sportsbook Bovada is giving Orioles first baseman Chris Davis 14-to-1 odds of being named the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player tonight.
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