Chris Davis is living up to the nickname he was tagged with five years ago during his rookie season with the Texas Rangers.
The moniker ''Crush Davis'' has never been more appropriate for the Baltimore Orioles first baseman.
Davis leads the majors with 20 home runs, ranks second with 52 RBIs and is batting .357. He had 33 homers last year, but this season the he is driving the ball out at a more impressive pace and spraying hits to all fields.
Behind Davis' play, Baltimore has been able to build upon last season's surprising success.
''He's a tremendous hitter and he's swinging the bat well,'' Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said. ''It's impressive, crazy to watch.''
Crazy, in that Davis began the season with a lifetime .258 batting average and 77 homers in 1,520 at-bats. He attributes his lofty numbers this season to some advice he got from a former teammate with the Rangers.
''A long time ago Michael Young told me this is a game of routines and you really need to hammer ...