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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (right) wore out the Tampa Rays pitching staff to start the season.
If the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t have to see Orioles first baseman Chris Davis for the rest of the year, I’m sure that would be just fine with them.
Davis started the season innocently enough, going 1-4 with a home run and three RBI. But then he went 4-4 in the second game, with another home run, two doubles, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Davis concluded the onslaught going 2-3 with a third homer, and 4 more RBI in Game 3.
Talk about wearing out a pitching staff.
All told, Davis ended up hitting .636 (7-for-11), with three home runs, 11 RBI, 3 doubles and 4 runs scored. He ended the three-game series with an on-base percentage of .692, a slugging percentage of 1.727 and an unworldy OPS of 2.420. He became the first player in major league history to have three or more RBI in each of his first three games to start a season.
That sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief from Rays Manager Joe Maddon, pitching coach Jim Hickey and the Rays’ pitching staff.
Believe it or not, Davis was merely picking up where he left off last season. He ended 2012 homering in 6 of his last 7 games, concluding the year with 7 homers and 13 RBI in the last week of the season.
Heading into Friday’s game against Minnesota, Davis had hit 10 homers in his last 10 games over 2012 and 2013.
The 27-year old native of Longview, Texas attained career highs with 33 homers, 85 RBI and a .270 average in 139 games last season.
The Orioles host the Rays for a three-game series April 16-18.
Memo to Hickey – watch video. Throw Davis something else.
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