Longview native Chris Davis continued to have his magic touch Saturday. On the same day he blasted his 33rd home run of the season, which matches his career high, Davis earned a starting role on the American League All-Star roster, garnering the most fan votes to make his first career appearance.
Davis took Andy Petite 417 yards for the 2 run blast. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to lift the Orioles past the Yankees and Baltimore fell 5-4. But Davis is on track to break the record books. He leads the league in home runs. The next closest to his number is the reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera with 26.
And Davis is well on his way to setting a first half home run record in the AL. Currently, he's tied at 33 with Mark McGuire, Ken Griffey Jr., and Roger Maris. Frank Howard ranks third with 34, Griffey again with 35, and the most homers before an All Star break belongs to Reggie Jackson with 37. That's 5 more home runs in 8 games to take the lead.