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Davis homers in each of first four 2013 games

Their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters are each hitting above .500 and have combined to drive in 24 runs in five games. It's no wonder the Orioles have the best offense in baseball, having scored at least five runs in each of their first five games.

Adam Jones, who hit cleanup in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Twins and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, has combined with Chris Davis, who added his name among the early-season folklore by homering in each of his first four games, to create a dynamic run-producing duo.

Davis has a chance to tie a club record for consecutive games with an RBI if he drives in another run in Baltimore's series finale Sunday against Minnesota.

"The biggest problem with that lineup is they have so many guys getting on base for them," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "They have a very good lineup and a lot of good two-strike hitters. And so [Davis] comes up with a lot of guys on."

The O's potent offense gets to take hacks Sunday against inexperienced left-hander Pedro Hernandez, who was traded from the White Sox along with shortstop Eduardo Escobar for Francisco Liriano last year.

With Cole De Vries going on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm strain, Hernandez gets a chance to make his second career Major League start. The 23-year-old posted a 4.46 ERA in 34 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level last season. He's expected to throw about 75-85 pitches.

"It's going to be entertaining," Gardenhire said. "He had a good spring. We used him out of the 'pen. I think he made only one start, but he mostly came out of the bullpen. But he's a starter and has a good changeup and has a good fastball he can cut and a nice looping curveball."

The O's send reinvented righty Jason Hammel to the mound for his second start of the season.

Hammel enjoyed a breakout campaign last year -- his seventh in the Majors -- thanks to a crafty two-seamer that allowed him to strike out more batters per inning (8.6) than he ever has in his career.

The 30-year-old held the Rays to three runs in six innings to pick up the win in his first start. He's 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 21 career innings against the Twins.

Orioles: Wieters showing off his gun
Twins rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks stole 32 bases in Double-A last season, but when he tried to steal second base against Matt Wieters on Saturday, that might have been hard to believe.

Wieters easily threw out Hicks by a few feet, then gunned down Eduardo Escobar on a similar attempt later in the game.

Wieters has caught three of four would-be base-stealers this season. He recorded the highest caught-stealing success rate of his career last season, throwing out 32-of-83 (39 percent).

Twins: Staying patient at center field
Hicks, who skipped Triple-A and has started all five of the Twins games in center field, went 0-for-5 Saturday as he lowered his season average to .045 (1-for-22). The 23-year-old, ranked MLB.com's 98th-best prospect entering 2013, hit .286 with a .384 on-base percentage at Double-A New Britain last season.

With Darin Mastroianni sidelined by a bruised left ankle and expected to be out of the starting lineup until next week, Hicks will likely continue to get playing time.

"He's fine," Gardenhire said. "Nobody ever said this would be easy. I wish people would step back. I know there's already been a lot of talk about him already, which is silly. We've faced two of the best teams in baseball already in Detroit and Baltimore, and some of the best pitching in baseball. So he's not only getting his feet wet, he's facing some of the best pitching here, so we have to give him some slack."

Worth noting
• Drew Butera, one of the Twins' final cuts at Spring Training, broke his hand Friday while playing for Triple-A Rochester and was placed on the Minor League disabled list.

• Shortstop Pedro Florimon returned to the starting lineup for the Twins after yielding a start to Escobar on Friday. Florimon went 1-for-2 with a walk and is hitting .400 through five games.

• Orioles center fielder Nate McLouth hit leadoff for the fourth consecutive game Saturday. He's reached base in each game, scoring three runs with two stolen bases.

• Nick Markakis had four hits Saturday, marking his first four-hit game since he went 4-for-7 in a 14-inning affair against the Mariners last August. He's hitting .348.

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