SAN DIEGO — Two weeks ago in Fenway Park, in a game between the best teams in the American League East, a remarkable event occurred.
A Baltimore Oriole stole a base.
His name was Joey Rickard. It came in the sixth inning of a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox. No Oriole has stolen a base since, and why would they, when they have a lineup that has spent the first half of the 2016 season impersonating a latter-day Murderers’ Row?
Having played their own game of Home Run Derby almost nightly in 76 games, the first-place Orioles brought their long-ball show to Petco Park for two games this week in advance of the real Derby, and the All-Star Game. Adam Jones, native San Diegan, promptly hit the second pitch of the series over the right center field fence. Before the night was done, Hyun Soo Kim, the O’s No. 8 hitter, ripped a line drive over the wall in right, and Chris Davis, reigning AL home-run champ, mashed a long homer to center, running the club’s big-league leading total to 124, and pushing the Orioles’ June total to 54 — one short of the…