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19 Chris Davis 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/232 | Birthdate: 3/17/1986 | Birthplace: Longview, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Baltimore | College: Navarro Coll. TX (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,300,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/82 | Average Draft Position: 120.59
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Orioles' Chris Davis drives in three runs in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 2 for 5 with three RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Yankees Wednesday.

Davis smacked an RBI single in the first inning but struck out in his next two at-bats before coming up with a two-run double during his team's five-run sixth inning.

"He doesn't give in," manager Buck Showalter said after the game, per masnsports.com. "His contact-to-damage ratio again has always been pretty good, but I know it's frustrating for him to strike out that much. But more times than not you like the finished product. Whether he's hitting the ball the other way or pulling it firmly, just trying to string together some good at-bats. It's pretty obvious the way they're pitching him, but it's the same way they pitched him last year and the year before. Same way."

Davis has hit .226 with one home run and five RBI in 31 at-bats and has struck out 15 times.


Chris Davis hits first homer of season for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his first home run of the year in a 7-1 win over Toronto. 

Davis hit the first pitch he saw in the first inning for a solo shot to left center. He finished two for four on the day and is hitting .286 on the season. 

"It's a long way to hit a ball for a left-handed hitter," manager Buck Showalter said. "That was a good swing. His last game I thought he had a couple really good at-bats against a very good pitcher and he's had good at-bats here, so hopefully that bodes well for him."


Orioles' Alejandro De Aza takes a seat vs. LHP Mark Buehrle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Orioles did not include outfielder Alejandro De Aza in the starting lineup Friday, with the Blue Jays starting left-hander Mark Buehrle, according to MASN Sports. De Aza is a career .247/.311/.366 hitter against lefties.

Steve Pearce shifted to left field and Chris Davis received his first start of the season at first base. Travis Snider remained in right field.


Orioles 1B Chris Davis excited about return to Camden Yards


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is excited about his first home game at Camden Yards, per masnsports.com. Davis recently returned from a 25-game suspension for his second violation of Adderall use.

"I'm really looking forward to it," he said. "I looked (at the schedule) to see where we started, specifically to see if we started on the road or at home. I didn't want to miss the opening day at home and I was relieved to find out we started in Tampa."

Davis is expecting a warmer welcome than he received on the road against the Rays on Monday.

"I hope so," he said. "I think the feedback I've gotten from FanFest, the little bit of Twitter that I've been on, people have been pretty positive, very supportive. Spring training was great. A lot of people down there just telling me they were behind me and wish all the best for me. It's huge. That's why we come out there and play the way we play, for the fans."

Davis is hoping to not let his emotions get the best of him as he returns to the diamond.

"I think it was a little emotional just getting on the plane last night," he said. "Little things here and there that you miss that you don't realize while you're away that you really appreciate now. I hope I can hold it together. I feel like I have this image of myself as a tough guy. It would look pretty bad if the starting first baseman runs down there crying and blubbering like a baby."

In two games this season, Davis is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts.


Orioles' Chris Davis felt good Tuesday despite going hitless


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Despite going hitless in his season debut, Orioles slugger Chris Davis felt good being back on the diamond, according to the Baltimore Sun. Davis was back in the lineup after being placed under a 25-game suspension for using Adderall. 

“I felt good. First couple at-bats I was pretty fired up. My adrenaline kind of got the better of me. I was overswinging a little bit,” Davis said. “As the game progressed I settled down a little bit, started seeing some pitches and took some better swings and just had better takes. Definitely a little rusty, but it felt good to be back in there.”

“Yeah, I was a little fired up. I think you try to calm yourself down as much as you can first at-bat of the season,” he said. “I almost got away with one, but I was kind of overswinging early, swinging at some balls that were good pitches, but not pitches that I could do a lot with. Settled down throughout the game and it was good to see some more pitches and get some more at-bats under my belt.”

The Orioles' slugger went 0 for 3 with one hit-by-pitch as the team's designated hitter on Tuesday. 


Orioles reinstate infielder Chris Davis, expected to start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) The Orioles have reinstated infielder Chris Davis from the restricted list and optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Triple-A, the team announced Tuesday.

Davis was suspended 25 games last season after testing positive for amphetamines without a prescription. He needed one game this season to complete the suspension.

"It feels good," Davis said to MASN.com. "Obviously, watching the game, everybody's having all the fun, hitting home runs, scoring a bunch of runs. It's good to be a part of it today. I missed these guys, even though I wasn't really gone. Still hanging around with them on the field, just being around with them and competing. Wearing that uniform, it's exciting."

Davis, who hit .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI last year, will bat fifth and be slotted as the designated hitter Tuesday.

The Orioles (-110) are the favorites over the Rays Tuesday.


Orioles 1B Chris Davis will return from suspension Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is set to return from a 25-game suspension Tuesday, reports the Boston Herald.

Davis was suspended for 25 games last season for using amphetamines without a prescription. He served 24 games last season and was suspended for the first game this season.

The Orioles must make a roster move in order to accommodate Davis on the 25-man roster.


Orioles' Davis intends to bunt more in 2015 to combat infield shifts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Orioles slugger Chris Davis saw the opposition use a defensive shift in 95.2 percent of his at-bats in 2014, which was among the highest percentages in the majors, according to The Bill James Handbook. He hit .121 against the shift and .333 when no shift was used.

As a way to combat infield shifts, Davis said he is open to bunting more in 2015, per MASNsports.com.

"Oh, absolutely," he said. "Did it a few times last year. I'm more comfortable with it going through an offseason where I know I have to add that as part of my game. But I'm not going to forget my role as a guy who drives in runs. The situation will dictate whether I bunt or not."


Chris Davis clarifies recent comments about Orioles' future plans


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Orioles infielder Chris Davis clarified some of his recent comments on the club's plan for the future on Monday, according to MASN Sports.

Davis is one of 11 Baltimore players eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, and last week he told reporters that he has "no desire to play for a loser" in 2015. He said on Sunday that he wasn't questioning the front office.

"No, I was just speaking what is on the hearts and minds of the other guys in the clubhouse," Davis said. "You ask anyone that is in here, this is a great place to come to work every day. You have a great organization, great coaching staff, great scouting department. It's a fun place to come to work and we want to keep it that way. There is a lot to be said for chemistry in the clubhouse.

"A little uncertainty was revealed when Nicky (Markakis) departed and I think guys just want to know where the team stands as far as keeping this group together.


Orioles' Davis on free agency: I have no desire to play for a loser


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Orioles slugger Chris Davis is one of 11 Baltimore players eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. Davis indicated Monday he would like to get a feel for the Orioles plans for the future before he decides his future plans, per The Baltimore Sun.

"Some things are going to have to change as far as contracts are concerned, because we have a lot of young guys that you're going to have a chance to sign before free agency and, I'll tell you one thing, I'm not going to play for a team that has no shot at competing every year,'' Davis said. "The next contract I sign I would like it to be my last one, and I have no desire to play for a loser every year.

"I've made it very clear over the last few years how much I love playing in Baltimore. It's a great park to hit in, and with the success that we've had pretty much since I've been here, it would be a really hard place to leave. But you have to understand it is a business. They're going to have certain priorities. Certain things they're going to go after, and you have to understand the business side of it."


Orioles' Chris Davis goes yard on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Orioles infielder Chris Davis crushed a home run on Thursday against the Blue Jays. 

Davis, who is coming off a poor season, is attempting to get back to his previous level of performance. His ability to hit for power has never been a question, and he proved that again on Thursday. With two men on, Davis took a fastball out to right center for a three-run shot in the third inning. 

Manager Buck Showalter said Davis' hard work has paid off thus far. "He's been working real hard," Showalter said. "Get a little return on it. Nothing wind-aided tonight, thick air. He had to square it up."

The 28-year-old Davis hit .196/.300/.404 over 450 at-bats last year. 


Orioles' Chris Davis open to more reps at right field


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Orioles' Chris Davis told reporters that he's prepared for more reps at right field this spring, according to Comcast SportsNet Baltimore on Wednesday. Davis has not played the outfield since 2012, and has only 39 starts in right field during his MLB career.

"The way our team is constructed here you're always on your toes," Davis said. "With the way we run the DH, you know that there's an opportunity for me to play somewhere else, so you try and stay prepared. I think the biggest thing for me going from the infield to the outfield is just the reps. I haven’t had a lot of reps in right field."


Orioles' Chris Davis to see time in right field during spring training


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Orioles coach Buck Showalter said first baseman Chris Davis will see some playing time in right field during the spring training season, according to The Baltimore Sun

This likely has more to do with cross-training Davis just in case he's needed to step in at right field during the regular season. Davis hasn't played in right field the previous two years but did play the position some in 2012.

Davis has made 39 starts in right field during his MLB career.  


Orioles' Chris Davis out to prove he is better than a .196 hitter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is out to prove this season he is a better hitter than his .196 average in 2014 showed, per MLB.com.

“I always feel like if I’m swinging the bat well, I’m going to carry a good average and the home runs are going to be there, the RBI are going to be there," he said. "I think the thing that really killed me was early on obviously the oblique, but I was carrying a decent batting average and I actually had a good number of RBI, but my home runs were down. It was cold. There were some balls you hit that didn’t leave and you kind of start second-guessing yourself.

"The worst thing I could have done was go out there and try to hit home runs and I did that, and you saw the effects of that on my average. There was no doubt that was extremely disappointing. I know I’m way better than a .196 hitter and hopefully go back out there and prove it this year.”


Orioles' Chris Davis receives therapeutic-use exemption


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Orioles infielder Chris Davis received a therapeutic-use exemption for 2015, but not for Adderall, according to FoxSports.com.

Instead, Davis received an exemption for Vyvanse, which is also used to treat attention-deficit disorder. Davis tested positive for Adderall last season, leading to a 25-game suspension. Vyvanse is less likely to be abused for non-therapeutic reasons, according to MLB doctors, which is why it's been suggested over Adderall. 

Davis has tried the new drug this winter, and said it's worked well thus far. "That was part of the process – try the Vyvanse to see I liked it, if I liked it better or wanted to go back to Adderall," Davis said. "I liked Vyvanse better."

Davis still has one game left on his suspension, and will miss opening day this year. After that, Davis said he's "good to go." 

The 28-year-old hit .196/.300/.404 over 450 at-bats last year. 


Orioles likely to use a combo of players to replace Markakis in RF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter is expecting to use a few players in right field to replace Nick Markakis, who signed a free-agent deal with the Braves in the offseason.

"We're equipped to have that be a two- or three-headed player," Showalter said of the Orioles' right-field situation which could include a combination of Travis SniderSteve PearceDelmon YoungAlejandro De Aza and Chris Davis, per MLB.com. "It also allows us to keep everybody in the flow and have everybody make contributions with their skill set. But somebody steps out there and takes off with it … that's why I think Steve [Pearce] graduated a little bit from that [role as a part-time player]."


Chris Davis plans to adjust strategy while hitting against the shift


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis struggled in 2014 from the plate, especially hitting against a defensive shift. So much so, in fact, Davis is planning to see the adjustment and change his approach at the plate accordingly.

I think there are definitely situations where I need to bunt, and I know there was some frustration last year obviously with my batting average being as low as it was - not only on my part but the fan base and maybe even on some of my teammates' part - as far as me hitting into the shift," Davis said on the "Hot Stove Show" on 105.7 The Fan.

Davis hit for his second-lowest average of his career in 2014, post a .196 average with 26 home runs and 76 RBI. 

I think the biggest thing for me last year was just seeing how drastic the shift was. I remember when Texas came in, I hit something like three or four balls on a line in the four hole, which is right over the first baseman's right shoulder. These are balls that most of the time are going to be singles, if not doubles, and the second baseman caught them at his chest on a line, and I was just thinking, 'Man, that's not even fair. Those are good hits right there that are being taken away.'"


Orioles' Davis wants more at-bats this spring, '100 percent healthy'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told manager Buck Showalter he wants more at-bats this spring, per MASNsports.com. 

Davis had a productive spring at the plate in 2014, batting .405 with three doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs. But he had only 37 at-bats and could not carry the spring momentum into the regular season, finishing with a .196/.404/.704 slash line.

"I think last year, I was not playing it safe, but we kind of eased into it and I really didn't feel like I had that sharpness when the season started," Davis said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan. "And then obviously with the injury early on, I wasn't the same hitter that I was in the past. I think that's going to be big for me this year, getting started off on the right foot."

Davis admitted an oblique injury robbed him of his power to hit to left and left-center field.

"I didn't notice how big of a deal it was until this offseason, until I had a chance to take a little bit of time off and then get back into my routine and start hitting again," he said. "It kind of bothered me looking back, just the way I handled things. One, I foolishly tried to play through it, which just made it worse. And two, everybody told me, 'Don't come back too early. Make sure you take the time, make sure you're healthy,' but the competitor in me just wanted to get back out on the field. I felt like I was healthy enough, and really I just played the rest of the year with a nagging injury.

"It really wasn't as evident how bad it affected me until this offseason, but I'm completely 100 percent healthy right now and actually a little bit stronger than I was at this point last year."


Orioles' Chris Davis calls using Adderall in 2013 'a moment of weakness'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told reporters Saturday he was denied an exemption for Adderall in 2013 but he took it anyway.

"It was a moment of weakness," Davis said. He was diagnosed with ADD in 2008 and it isn't a performance enhancer for someone who needs it for medical reasons, according to Davis.

"For me, it was off the field, just an everyday life thing," he said. "I was a little overwhelmed, just kind of with everything that was going on with the (oblique) injury. There were a lot of different things that were taking my focus away from baseball. It was a mistake that I wish I could undo, but I can't, so I've just got to move forward."

Davis has one game remaining on his 25-game suspension for amphetamines, which he test posted for in September last year. He finished with a .196 batting average with 26 home runs and 72 RBI.


Report: Orioles 1B Chris Davis to earn $12 million in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will earn $12 million in 2015 after agreeing to a one-year deal with the team and avoiding arbitration, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Davis' contract also includes incentives for reaching 550 and 575 plate appearances as well as bonuses for All Star, Gold Golve and Silver Slugger awards. Eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason, the first baseman hit .196/.300/.404 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI in 450 at-bats in 2014.


O's avoid arbitration with Wieters, Tillman, Davis, Matusz


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Orioles have locked up catcher Matt Wieters, starter Chris Tillman, first baseman Chris Davis and reliever Brian Matusz on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to MASN Sports, the Baltimore Sun and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Wieters will make $8.3 million and Matusz will make $3.2 million. Meanwhile, Tillman reached a $4.315 million settlement for 2015. He earned $546,000 last year.


Orioles' Coolbaugh: Chris Davis is 'going to have a great year'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) New Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said Tuesday he has supervised a couple of slugger Chris Davis' workouts in Dallas, according to MASNsports.com. 

Prior to joining the Orioles' coaching staff, Coolbaugh worked in the Rangers' organization and worked with Davis in the minors leagues, when Davis was with Texas. Davis has welcomed Coolbaugh's addition as he is coming off a disappointing season in 2014.

"It's like anything else," Coolbaugh said. "I think it's getting back to the mental focus of where you want to be, where you come from, get back to that Chris Davis that we know. I think he's going to have a great year and I'm looking forward to spending time with him this year."

Coolbaugh hinted Davis might have put a little too much pressure on himself last season after he belted 53 home runs in 2013.

"Sometimes it's more of the mental thing, that you try to do too much, try to live up to what he did in 2013," he said. "You try to chase what you're doing and those things happen because of a process, not based on chasing results. I think he just got away from that probably a little bit and lost himself."


Showalter: Chris Davis gets approval 'for what he got suspended for'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday slugger Chris Davis received approval "for what he got suspended for" during the 2014 season, according to MASNsports.com. Davis was suspended 25 games late in the season for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption.

Davis, who hit an MLB-best 53 home runs in 2013, struggled offensively in 2014. He hit just .196 in 127 games. He did hit 26 home runs, while also posting 16 doubles, 65 runs and 72 RBI.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Report: Marlins showing interest in Evan Gattis, Chris Davis


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Marlins have expressed interest in acquiring Braves catcher Evan Gattis and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, according to the Miami Herald.

Gattis has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. It has also been spectulated he could move from catcher to left field.

Gattis, 28, hit .263 with 22 homers and 52 RBI last season while Davis, 28, hit .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Davis was also third in the MVP race in 2013, hitting .286, 53 homers, 138 RBI.