TORONTO — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis hit his 50th home run of the season Friday, connecting for a solo shot in a 5-3 win over Toronto.
Davis matched the Orioles' record set by Brady Anderson in 1996, and he became baseball's first 50-homer man since Jose Bautista hit 54 for Toronto in 2010.
Overall, Davis is the 27th player to join the 50-homer club. He hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning against All-Star right-hander Steve Delabar. Davis is the third player in major-league history to hit 50 homers and 40 doubles in the same season, joining Babe Ruth (1921) and Albert Belle (1995).
Blue Jays: DH Edwin Encarnacion (sore left wrist) returned against Baltimore and went 0-for-3 while OF Colby Rasmus (strain in left side) came back and went 2-for-4 with a homer.
Brewers: 3B Aramis Ramirez left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch in the left wrist by Cincinnati's Mat Latos. There was no immediate word on his status.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start against the Phillies on Friday because of tightness in his forearm while throwing in the bullpen Thursday. "He was experimenting with another pitch, and I don't know if that caused his arm to get a little tight," manager Davey Johnson said. "It's not down where they did the Tommy John (elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2010). It's on the soft tissue on the top side of the forearm." Strasburg will rest a few days and take anti-inflammatories.
Yankees: Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner has a strain in his rib cage and will be out for a lengthy stretch, possibly the rest of the regular season, manager Joe Girardi said.
Bonds appeal denied: A federal appeals court upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction-of-justice conviction stemming from rambling testimony he gave during a 2003 appearance before a grand jury investigating athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds' testimony was "evasive" and capable of misleading investigators looking into the BALCO lab. In a statement late Friday, Bonds said he was disappointed but he has instructed his attorneys to ask that he be allowed to immediately begin serving his sentence of 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation.
Japanese Mark: RHP Masahiro Tanaka won his 21st straight game to set a Japanese record for consecutive victories in one season. Tanaka, 21-0, bested the 20 set in 1957 by Kazuhisa Inao. Tanaka last lost Aug. 19, 2012. Since then, the 24-year-old has won 25 straight, one more than the MLB mark set by Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants from 1936-37.