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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: 7 | Salary: $3,300,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/82 | Average Draft Position: 24.69
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Chris Davis enters break with league-worst .199 average


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit .199/.309/.391 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 281 at-bats in the first half, making him the only player to qualify for the batting title while hitting below .200 at the break.

Davis easily outpaced the rest of the league with 53 home runs last season while also collecting a league-leading 138 RBI and posting a .286/.370/.634 line. His 2014 has swung completely in the other direction, though he has managed to provide some pop after hitting just two home runs through the end of April. Unfortunately, the return of his power has also brought about a dip in batting average, with Davis entering the break with a .146 mark in July.


Chris Davis can salvage his season


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/15/2014) As the halfway point of the season rolled around, Chris Davis' Fantasy owners had to figure things could only get better. They had already endured his disabled list stint and some disappointing power numbers, and then in late June, Davis revealed that he was not completely over the oblique strain that put him on the DL earlier in the year.

Then things got worse. From June 28 forward, Davis went 6 for 52 (.115) with two home runs, no other extra-base hits and 25 strikeouts. It's a wonder that he is still universally owned in CBSSports.com leagues, though understandably, he's been benched in 21 percent of our leagues. Even the Orioles have taken to benching him a few times in recent weeks.

There is a very good chance that Davis' patient owners will be rewarded. As I wrote in a recent blog post, Davis remains among the majors' leaders in average flyball distance, ranking ninth at 305.8 feet, according to Baseball Heat Maps. Part of the problem is that Davis is hitting fewer flies than in recent years, as his current 35.8 percent flyball rate is his lowest of his career, but it's only a little out of line with the 38.1 percent rate he posted two seasons ago, when he hit 33 home runs in 139 games. Meanwhile, the average length of his flyballs suggests that his current 18.8 percent home run-to-flyball ratio (as compared to marks above 24 percent in each of the last two years) is due to rise.

Davis' biggest problem of late is his soaring strikeout rate, but while he is not likely to be even a decent contact hitter, he should improve enough to have a shot at 15-plus home runs going forward. He has also been unlucky enough to hit .141 on ground balls, so those homers could come with a .260-plus batting average, provided he cuts back on his strikeouts.

Right now it's frustrating to be a Davis owner, and you may need to bench him coming out of the break, but by all means, resist the temptation to trade him. He appears due for much better times ahead.


Chris Davis goes deep


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis ripped a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Yankees, giving him 15 homers and 48 RBI at the All-Star break. Davis went 1 for 2 with a walk in the rain-shortened game and has six RBI over his last six games.

He's hitting .199/.309/.391 in 281 at-bats.


Chris Davis smacks 14th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 1 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-2, 11-inning win over the Red Sox.

Davis was just 4 for 40 since hitting his last home run on June 23, and he was 0 for 4 Monday before slugging his two-run shot in the 11th inning. It's been a disappointing season for Davis, who continues to hover around the Mendoza line by hitting .201/.317/.394 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 264 at-bats.


Chris Davis expected back in lineup Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Struggling Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who went 0 for 8 with six strikeouts in Saturday's doubleheader, was not in Sunday's lineup against the Red Sox. But manager Buck Showalter said he expects Davis to be in Monday's lineup against the Nationals.

Davis is hitting .201 with 13 homers and 42 RBI in 259 at-bats.


Chris Davis starts at third base Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) With Manny Machado serving a five-game suspension, Orioles manager Buck Showalter got creative with his lineup Monday against the Rangers by moving first baseman Chris Davis across the diamond to third base. 

Davis has appeared in a game at third base this season for Baltimore, but it's his first start at the hot corner since making 25 starts in 2011. Davis has appeared in 71 games (66 starts) at third base in his major-league career.


Manager: Chris Davis created 'false expectations' last year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Buck Showalter has defended Orioles outfielder Chris Davis, who has followed up his amazing 2013 with a comparative dud.

Davis batted .286 and led the majors with 53 home runs a year ago. His slugging percentage of .436 this season is more than 200 points off of what he achieved last year. He has 13 home runs with 40 RBI with 80 strikeouts in 225 at-bats.

"The microscope is on him with (catcher Matt Wieters) out," Showalter told MLB Network Radio. "With the level he spoiled us with last year it creates false expectations."

Davis hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 11. He is 7 of 41 since then.


Chris Davis back in starting lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who hit a pinch-hit walkoff three-run homer Monday, was back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the White Sox. The 2013 American League home run champ is hitting .219 with 13 homers and 40 RBI in 60 games.

Chris Davis plays hero with pinch-hit walkoff home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis wasn't in the starting lineup Monday, but he played the hero anyway, smacking a walkoff three-run home run as a pinch hitter in his team's 6-4 win over the White Sox.

Davis said Monday that he's still bothered by the oblique strain that put him on the shelf in April, but he was none the worse for wear Monday, delivering the game-ending shot with one out in the ninth inning. He has hit .219/.329/.438 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 219 at-bats.


Chris Davis still bothered by oblique


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said he's still bothered by the oblique strain that landed him on the disabled list in April and likely will be throughout the season, reports the Baltimore Sun. However, Davis said he's not using it as an excuse for his struggles.

Batting .216 with 12 homers and 37 RBI, Davis was not in the lineup Monday against White Sox lefty Chris Sale.


Chris Davis clubs grand slam in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had just one hit Tuesday against the Rays, but he made it count in a 7-5 win.

Davis went 1 for 4 in the game, but his lone hit was a third-inning grand slam that put the Orioles up early. He also walked once in the game, while striking out twice in the win.

Davis is hitting .225/.338/.445 in 200 at-bats, with 12 home runs in 55 games.  


Chris Davis blasts off again in defeat of Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Defending American League home run champion Chris Davis got off to a slow start in that department this season, but he has certainly picked it up for the Orioles. He remained on a tater roll Wednesday night against Boston with a two-run blast in the first inning. He later added a double.

Davis has slammed seven home runs in his last 20 games. His stat line on the year stands at .236/.347/.445.


Chris Davis back in lineup as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was on the paternity list, returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers. Davis is hitting .260 with seven homers and 25 RBI in 123 at-bats.

Chris Davis expected back Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) The Orioles announced Sunday first baseman Chris Davis was put on the paternity list. However, he is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday at Milwaukee.

Chris Davis homers, plates four runs in win over Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis made his presence felt at the dish Friday night, plating four runs in his team's 8-4 win over the Indians.

Davis doubled in two runs in the third inning and launched a two-run home run off T.J. House in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .267/.392/.500 with seven homers and 25 RBI in 120 at-bats.

Paternity leave set to shelve Chris Davis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) The Orioles have announced that slugger Chris Davis will be headed to paternity leave, which will keep him out for 1-3 days. He will at least miss the Sunday game against Cleveland.

The loss of the suddenly torrid Davis could prove quite damaging short-term. He slammed three home runs Wednesday and added two more hits Thursday to sweeten his stat line to .268/.391/.482.


Mechanical change leads to Chris Davis' big game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis made a few tweaks to his swing prior to his three home run game, according to MASN.

Davis was so disappointed with his at-bats Sunday at Kansas City, that he made some changes during Tuesday batting practice. "I've been working on trying to get my hands and my backside synced up and really hitting in one piece instead of my hands going forward and my lower half not really doing anything," Davis said.

Davis said things seemed to click in batting practice, and that carried over to the game. He added that this was the best he's felt at the plate all year. After last night's performance, Davis is up to .257/.376/.468 in 109 at-bats.


Chris Davis launches three home runs in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis broke out in a big way Tuesday, going 4 for 5 with three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in his team's 9-2 win over the Pirates.

Davis entered Tuesday's game with just three home runs in his first 30 games but doubled his total with first three-homer game since August 2012. He's still well behind 2013's incredible pace, but Tuesday's breakout could be the kick he needs to get going. Davis has hit .257/.376/.468 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 109 at-bats.


Chris Davis returns Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has returned to action Sunday, according to MASN.

Davis met with manager Buck Showalter prior to game-time Sunday, and pushed to return. He's attempting to come back from an oblique injury. A corresponding move has not been announced. Davis is hitting .250 in 76 at-bats. 


Chris Davis pushing to play Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is pushing to play Sunday, according to MLB.com. 

Davis met with manager Buck Showalter, and is trying to get activated from the disabled list Sunday. The decision is up to Showalter, but it looks like Davis will either return Sunday or Monday. He's been trying to come back from an oblique injury.


Chris Davis plays all nine innings in rehab game Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 1 for 4 while playing all nine innings at first base in his rehab debut with Double-A Bowie Saturday.

Davis said after the game that he's not dealing with any discomfort in his oblique, and that he feels ready to return to the Orioles lineup, masnsports.com reports. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, and he'll meet with Orioles coaches Saturday night to make a case for his activation.


Chris Davis will play at Bowie Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will make his minor-league rehab debut Saturday,  the team announced Friday.

Davis, who is recovering from a strained oblique, will play for Double-A Bowie Saturday. His rehab assignment might be a brief one,  as he is eligible to return from the disabled list Sunday. 


Chris Davis likely to head out for rehab Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Orioles slugger Chris Davis might embark on a rehab assignment Saturday in a desire to feel how his oblique responded to Friday batting practice, per CSNBaltimore.com.

Davis, who has been out since April 25, is eligible to return to the lineup Sunday. It remains to be seen if he requires more rehab time.


Chris Davis could begin rehab assignment Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Davis is slated to take batting practice on the field Friday, and that could determine whether he sees action this weekend. Manager Buck Showalter said if Davis felt good following the session, the team would consider starting his rehab Saturday. Davis would likely rehab in either Bowie or Frederick. Both are close enough to Baltimore that Davis could get to the team immediately once he's activated from the disabled list. He's eligible to come off the DL Sunday, but it looks like he'll need a few more days to get healthy.


Chris Davis able to take swings Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was able to take swings Thursday, according to MASN.

Davis took about 20 cuts in the batting cages and felt pretty good. He plans to hit on the field Friday. Davis has been sidelined since April 25 due to an oblique injury. He's hitting .250, with two home runs, in 76 at-bats.