Now that the Red Sox have experienced their biggest free agent bust in team history after designating Pablo Sandoval for assignment last week while still owing him $48.5 million, the Orioles may be in the early stages of their worst signing ever. The post-All Star break return from the DL of slug-or-miss first baseman Chris Davis was met with little fanfare, even though the losing Orioles were in desperate need of anything positive. Granted, the Orioles’ main problem has been starting pitching, but Davis was given big money for his bat and the 2017 team needs it. Remember when Crush Davis used to go on a tear for a month hitting prodigious home runs seemingly every night while getting on base at an impressive clip?
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Chris Davis homered in a six-run first inning, added a grand slam in the fourth and finished with a career-high six RBIs to help the Baltimore Orioles breeze past the Texas Rangers 12-1 on Tuesday night. It was the 19th career multihomer game for Davis, making his fifth start since coming off the disabled list with an oblique strain. Baltimore's cleanup hitter hadn't gone deep since June 10 and has 16 home runs after hitting 38 last season. The Orioles scored six runs against Tyson Ross (2-2) before making an out, and that was enough to send Baltimore to its second straight win over Texas following a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs. Dylan Bundy (9-8) allowed one run and
This is slowly becoming more like Willson Contreras’ team, whether or not the Cubs add a veteran catcher like Alex Avila before the July 31 trade deadline. Yadier Molina took the in-game, All-Star photo of Nelson Cruz and Joe West, but Contreras is coming for moments like that, too. In a Cubs clubhouse filled with calm, serious young players who were fast-tracked to Wrigleyville, Contreras is the one who got left exposed in the Rule 5 draft at the 2014 winter meetings and spent parts of eight seasons in the minors before making his big-league debut. As much as the Cubs needed that ice-cold demeanor from guys like Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to end the 108-year hex, they will use Contreras’