AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

Not sur­pris­ingly, power keyed the Ori­oles’ ALbest 8–3 start through the first two weeks. Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis ended Week 2 with an AL-lead­ing five home runs each, and Manny Machado stood close be­hind with four. There’s po­ten­tial for more where that came from: Pe­dro Al­varez, Adam Jones and Matt Wi­eters com­bined for just one bomb in the first 11 con­tests. …

Hous­ton ended Week 2 just 5–8, mostly be­cause its ro­ta­tion be­hind Dal­las Keuchel has been a dis­as­ter. Mike Fiers, Collin McHugh and Doug Fis­ter have all been around the plate — a com­bined six walks in 40 in­nings — but maybe that’s the prob­lem, since the trio has given up a com­bined nine home runs (six by Fiers) and 15 dou­bles. …

With a .292/.352/.521 start to the sea­son, Rangers third base­man Adrian Bel­tre doesn’t seem to be slow­ing down, even at age 37. Texas agreed, ex­tend­ing Bel­tre’s con­tract by an­other two years and $36 mil­lion on April 15. …

Na­tion­als catcher Wil­son Ramos first flashed po­ten­tial as 23-year old in 2011, hit­ting .267/.334/.445 with 15 home runs in 2011. Since then, it had been a steady de­cline for Ramos, who hit .229/.258/.358 last year, though he did again man­age 15 homers. In spring train­ing, an eye exam re­vealed that Ramos has vi­sion prob­lems, upon which Ramos got LASIK surgery. Through two weeks, Ramos was sec­ond in the Na­tional League in hit­ting at .389. …

Ja­panese im­port Kenta Maeda had a 2.09 ERA with 175 strike­outs in 206.1 in­nings in his na­tive country last year. That pales in com­par­i­son with what the righthander has done in his first three starts for the Dodgers. Af­ter 19 in­nings, Maeda posted an 0.47 ERA and has fanned 15, with a 2–0 record. …

Throw out three games in Colorado, and the Padres scored just 15 runs in their other nine games in the first two weeks. The cul­prits aren’t hard to spot: reg­u­lars Alexei Ramirez, Cory Span­gen­berg, John Jay and Derek Nor­ris each had an OPS of .615 or worse in that span. …

Elysian Park Av­enue just out­side Dodger Sta­dium is now Vin Scully Av­enue, named af­ter the 88-yearold Dodger ra­dio an­nouncer who’s in his 67th and fi­nal year in that role.

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