BALTIMORE -- At the All-Star break last year, the Orioles had a record of 53-43, but they were in third place, 4 ½ games out of first place. In 2012, they were in second place with a 45-40 record.
This year, they’ll enter the break in first place for the first time since 1997. That year, they led by seven.
“We’ve got, what 68 games after tonight? So, we’re well over the halfway point,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s almost like we may be in first place now, but we still feel like we’re hunting something as opposed to somebody [hunting] us.”
NOTES: Steve Johnson (right shoulder) will have another start or two for Aberdeen before reporting back to Norfolk. … Suk-min Yoon (right shoulder) threw a simulated game and should be pitching for the Tides soon... Alexi Casilla (right hamate bone) is recovering well from surgery and could play next month... Showalter may attend Bud Norris’ start at Bowie on Monday morning. He says he has no firm plans for Tuesday and Wednesday, but will be on the team flight to Oakland on Thursday morning. The Orioles will work out at Oakland on Friday before starting a three-game series with the Athletics.