Jones finds power stroke with 100th homer

Jones finds power stroke with 100th homer

BALTIMORE -- During Adam Jones' recent power outage, the always-quotable center fielder joked that his bat had gone on vacation. So it was only appropriate after Jones' homer Tuesday night snapped the longest homerless drought of his career -- 110 at-bats -- that the 26-year-old was asked if the break was over.

"I booked the flight back home," a smiling Jones said. "I'm on stand-by or something."

Tuesday's seventh-inning homer, which came off White Sox reliever Philip Humber, will go down as more than simply the solo shot that got Jones back on track. The full-count pitch which Jones sent screaming into the right-field stands marked his 100th homer and tied his career high of 25 in a season.

Asked if he thought the drought was wearing on Jones, manager Buck Showalter said: "He's impacted our club every day, no matter what he's done statistically. You always feel like with Jonesy that if he has struggles for a couple days, that somebody's going to pay. Somebody's going to pay."

Jones, who said he was unconcerned about his power outage given that the Orioles have continued to roll, smiled when he heard Showalter's words.

"I go out there looking to destroy any pitcher that's on the mound," Jones said. "[Either] you are successful, [or] you are not successful. But that's my mindset. I've had that same mindset the whole last month. It just hasn't been working. The execution, I've been unable to execute it. That's the way I play the game.

"You think I am going to stop playing the game because I am struggling? Nah. I'm going to go up there and hack just like I've been hacking because that's what's got me here and that's what's allowed me to stay in the Major Leagues."