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MIN@BAL: Davis blasts a go-ahead grand slam in eighth

Vance Worley takes the mound for the Twins against the Orioles on Saturday, but the way Chris Davis has been swinging the bat, it might not matter who is pitching against the Orioles.

Davis went deep yet again on Friday, taking Tyler Robertson yard with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Orioles hung on to beat the Twins, 9-5.

As hot as anyone in baseball history to start a season, Davis joined an elite club of Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz as the only players to homer in their first four games of the season. Davis is also the first player since Bill Dickey in 1937 to collect a home run and at least three RBIs in four straight games at any point in a season, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

As Rays manager Joe Maddon said after Davis went deep on Thursday, "It's just unbelievable. You throw anything up there and he's going to hit it hard somewhere. I've never quite seen him like that."

Davis is 9-for-16 with four home runs and 16 RBIs. Perhaps most impressive is that he's done it against both righties and lefties.

Davis, a left-handed hitter who has been better against righties in his career (.807 OPS off righties, .732 OPS off lefties), has homered off two right-handers (Jeremy Hellickson and Roberto Hernandez) and two left-handers (Jake McGee and Tyler Robertson) this season.

Davis is 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout lifetime against the right-handed Worley.

Worley, who picked up the loss after allowing three runs over six innings against Tigers on Opening Day, has allowed just 23 home runs in 283 2/3 Major League innings.

With their Major League-leading offense, the Orioles send Chris Tillman to the mound for his first start of 2013.

Tillman has been dealing with an abdominal strain that limited him to just 4 1/3 innings this spring. The 24-year-old enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2012, going 9-3 over 15 starts with a 2.93 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.

Orioles: Roberts to the DL
It didn't take long for Brian Roberts to find himself back on the disabled list, as the snake-bitten second baseman ruptured the tendon behind his right knee while stealing second base against the Rays on Thursday.

The 35-year-old is expected to miss three to four weeks. Ryan Flaherty got the start at second on Friday and went 0-for-3. Alexi Casilla, who pinch-hit for Flaherty and struck out in his only at-bat, could also see time in Roberts' absence.

"This is something that, regardless of what [the MRI] says, will heal, and he will play for us again," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We hope that Alexi and Ryan can help us hold down the fort until he comes back. We've had to do it before. It's just another challenge, but not only [for] Brian, but our team."

Twins: Liriano trade pieces making an impact
The Twins scratched right-hander Cole De Vries from his scheduled start on Sunday due to a strained right forearm. Instead, they're expected to recalled left-hander Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester to make his second Major League start.

Hernandez and shortstop Eduardo Escobar were traded from the White Sox last July in exchange for Francisco Liriano.

Escobar made his first start of the 2013 season on Friday and went 2-for-4 at the plate while batting ninth. He made no errors in the field.

Worth noting
• Nate McLouth led off for the O's for the third straight game Friday and went 2-for-5 with two runs and his second stolen base of the season.

• Adam Jones launched a double deep off the center-field wall in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday as he collected three hits in a game for the third time this season. Jones is batting .526 (10-for-19).

• Twins rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks is 1-for-17 with two walks and eight strikeouts.

• Joe Mauer needs just two hits to reach 1,276 for his career, which would tie Gary Gaetti for sixth all-time among Twins players. Comments