After sitting out eight games in attempt to rediscover his swing http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-derrick-nnadi-jersey , the Baltimore Orioles are hoping first baseman Chris Davis is ready to resume his role as a provider of power.
Davis homered Friday night for the first time since May 9 and delivered a sacrifice fly as he returned to the lineup.
During the time he sat, Davis worked on techniques to rekindle his power and cut down on strikeouts. He was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs in his return.
Davis and the Orioles will meet the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at SunTrust Park. Baltimore won the opener 10-7 on Friday.
Baltimore will start right-hander Dylan Bundy (5-7, 3.81) against Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.97)
“I have a tendency to try and explore, especially when I am scuffling,” Davis said. “I was trying to get that feeling back, trying to do too much.”
Davis had certainly been scuffling. He came into Friday’s game hitting .150 and was 3-for-27 with 14 strikeouts in the first seven games of June, before manager Buck Showalter ordered him shutdown and sent for inspection. Davis had led the majors in home runs twice from 2013 to 2015.
“It’s not a one-day, two-day, three-day (adjustment) Rich Hill Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey ,” Showalter said. “It’s some things that he really wants to stay with. He understands what made him successful and what can again.”
Teheran will be making his 15th start of the season. He spent 10 days on the disabled list with a bruised right thumb. He came off the DL and on June 17 tossed six scoreless innings against San Diego. Teheran’s velocity increased from 89.5 mph to 91.4 mph and his location improved from his previous start before the injury.
“I think the uptick in velocity definitely helps his off-speed a little more,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “He had good feel with his changeup and slider. His curveball, not so much. But when you’ve got three out of four with some confidence, those are some good weapons.”
The win over the Padres broke a three-game losing streak and gave Teheran his first win since May 14.
He has one career start against the Orioles, and that was in 2015. In that game he allowed five runs in four innings and gave up a pair of home runs.
“When you have your arm feeling good, you don’t have anything else to worry about,” Teheran said. “You just go out there and make pitches. I felt like everything was working.”
Bundy will be making his team-leading 16th start. He has received more run support (5.22) than any other starter in the Baltimore rotation.
Bundy has won two straight games and was victorious against Miami on June 17 when he allowed four runs over six innings. Bundy had a longer leash that game, which the Orioles won 10-4. In his two previous starts he had combined for 15 shutout innings, including eight against the powerful Boston Red Sox. In the previous month he’s 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA.
Bundy has posted some impressive strikeout numbers. He has fanned 100 — and walked only 27 — in 89 2/3 innings. He had a season-high 14 strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox.
Bundy will be making his first career start against Atlanta.
J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford’s back and shoved Boston’s big man out of bounds.
It was the only time Smith was on target.
Smith’s shoddy performance in Game 2 – he missed all seven shots and committed a flagrant 1 foul in 27 forgettable minutes – underscored a startling disparity between Cleveland’s and Boston’s starting backcourts that allowed the fearless Celtics to withstand a brilliant Cheap Dontae Johnson Jersey , 42-point effort by LeBron James and take a 2-0 series lead.
Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston’s Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher.
”I don’t think tougher,” Smith said afterward, showing better defensive instincts than during the game. ”They made shots, we missed shots at the end of the day. We had some good looks, they didn’t fall. For them playing on their home court, they fell. It’s a matter for us to bounce back, go home, try and get (win) two Cheap Mason Rudolph Jersey , even the series up and come back here.”
Smith will not be further punished by the NBA for his aggressive foul on Horford, who was in the air when he got pushed and could have been seriously hurt.
Thanks to the league’s odd scheduling, Game 3 is not until Saturday, giving Cavs coach Tyronn Lue plenty of time to consider tweaks to his starting lineup and rotations. After a 25-point lambasting in the opener, Lue altered his frontcourt by putting Tristan Thompson with the first five and bringing Kyle Korver off the bench.
The moves worked as Thompson provided needed energy and Korver knocked down four 3-pointers and had Boston’s defense focused on more than James.
Now, Lue has to ponder another shake-up.
One option is to re-insert Korver at small forward, sit Hill and slide James to the point, where he typically plays anyway but where he’ll be more susceptible to double teams and will have to work harder than he is already.
Another possibility is to drop Smith, who is 2 of 16 from the field and missed all seven 3-pointers, from the starting lineup Brian O'Neill Color Rush Jersey , but that would be risky because of his mercurial nature. Sit him and risk never getting him back.
Lue is willing to live with Smith’s streakiness – he went 6 for 6 in Game 4 against the Raptors – but what he can’t afford are the defensive lapses that led to slow rotations and gave Rozier and others wide-open looks in Game 2. Smith has been locked in defensively throughout the postseason, so Lue is assuming he’ll get it together.
Lue’s decision not to play guard Jordan Clarkson for a single minute in Game 2 was curious, mostly because Clarkson is quick enough to handle Rozier and he scored 10 points in Game 1.
Veteran Jose Calderon appears to be out of consideration despite his steadiness and experience. Lue may fear the 36-year-old will be targeted and exposed defensively.
Of course, there’s irony in Cleveland having backcourt issues in this series.
A year ago, Kyrie Irving averaged 25.8 points in the Cavs’ five-game rampage over the Celtics in the conference finals. Now an injured Irving sits on Boston’s bench in street clothes unable to help his new teammates while his presence teases the Cavaliers, who have not adequately replaced the All-Star since trading him.
They are finding life in the playoffs is more difficult without Irving, who at times carried Cleveland’s offense, giving James a break and Lue a dependable second scoring option.
It’s easy to second-guess the decisions now, but it feels as if the Cavs’ trades of Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade at the deadline were hasty. Cleveland lacks enough playmakers capable of creating their own shot or opportunities for others.
Hill has been unusually passive in the first two games, and the Cavs need to get him going.
And they certainly need more from Smith Youth Jihad Ward Jersey , whose frustration surfaced at the worst possible time when his hard foul on Horford riled up the Celtics and their rowdy crowd.
As the referees reviewed the play, Boston fans chanted profanely at Smith, who smirked and later said the taunts didn’t bother him.
”I love it,” he said. ”I don’t want the opposing fans to like me. That’s not why I’m here. They can chant and scream all they want. It actually makes me feel better about myself. They know me.”
The Cavs know him better, and they need Smith to be himself.
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