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No Excuses Necessary. O’s 9 – Jays 3

davisI had all my excuses ready prior to Tuesday’s game in Toronto: the Orioles should’ve been allowed to play a day game in Monday’s makeup against the Nationals. They arrived in Toronto in the middle of the night and still had to go through Canadian customs before getting some rest. Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz are experiencing power outages. On and on.

There were dozens of excuses to be made Tuesday, but the Orioles didn’t need them. They stomped Toronto 9-3 and sucked all the air out of a mildly enthused Rogers Centre.

Another solid evening from the bullpen. Back-to-back homers from Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop. Three double plays.

The best news of all, though, was Davis’s two-run homer off Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez in the fifth inning. Davis has struggled all year, yet still managed decent power numbers and a nice RBI total. But if you’ve seen him in the last few weeks, you’ve seen a hitter who’s lost. Buck Showalter even sat him down for a few games; not to help him find his stroke or to give him a rest. Buck sat him down because he was terrible.

After the indignity of getting benched on “Chris Davis Superhero Action Figure Night” last weekend, Davis took a step toward redemption in Toronto Tuesday.

Last night, Buck wrote six names ahead of Davis on the lineup card. And maybe that relieved some of the pressure Davis has felt as he flailed around in a lineup slot that demands run production. Maybe Rogers Centre, the site of so many Davis homers in the past, jarred something loose for last year’s home run king.

Whatever the answer, keep ‘em coming. Baltimore’s in first place.

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