Davis back into lineup, eager to pad stats

Davis back into lineup, eager to pad stats
September 27, 2013, 7:45 pm
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BALTIMORE – After a day out of the lineup, Chris Davis is back playing first base for the Orioles.

Davis was given Thursday night off because of a sore right foot, just the second game he’s missed this season.

A night before, manager Buck Showalter ended Adam Jones’ consecutive games streak at two years and 322 games.

“I think it was more just a break. I was a little envious of Adam getting the day off, having a great time on the bench, yukking it up. I’m out there grinding and sweating,” Davis joked.

“I think it was more about letting me catch my breath. Obviously at this point of the year, everybody’s sore, everybody’s beaten up a little bit.”

Last year, Davis played in 139 games. He missed a game in May with a foot injury, so he could play 160.

“I definitely wanted to play the remaining games even though we’re not playing for the postseason anymore. There’s still a sense of pride in finishing up strong, and maybe run into a few more,” Davis said.

Davis now owns the Orioles’ single-season home run record with 52, and he’d like to add to it. He has 137 RBIs, fourth most in team history. While Miguel Tejada’s 150 are out of reach, Rafael Palmeiro (142 in 1996) and Jim Gentile (141 in 1961) are possible with a strong final weekend.

He blames his sore foot on playing nearly seven hours on artificial turf in last Friday’s 18-inning loss at Tampa Bay.

“It’s obviously not healthy to stand that long on your feet,” Davis said.