O's bashing at near club-record pace

O's bashing at near club-record pace

WASHINGTON -- The Orioles have shown the power so far this season.

Baltimore entered Friday's series opener with 61 homers in 39 games, the most long balls in the Major Leagues. They are the only team in either league with seven players who've hit at least five homers.

Adam Jones led the team with 13 homers. J.J. Hardy (nine), Matt Wieters (eight), Wilson Betemit and Nick Markakis (six for each), and Nolan Reimold and Chris Davis (five apiece) are the others with at least five homers.

In addition, the Orioles ranked first in the Major Leagues with homers against right-handers (48), solo homers (40) and road homers (30).

If the Orioles keep hitting homers at this pace, they would finish the season with 253. That would be second in franchise history. The 1996 team that made the American League playoffs as a Wild Card team set the club record with 257 homers.