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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%: 80/48 | Average Draft Position: 122.20
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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.


Orioles' Chris Davis expresses regret over suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis expressed regret for the 25-game suspension he received for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption, according to MASNsports.com.

"I haven't really talked a lot about it," Davis said during an interview with WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station. "I didn't want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.

"Basically, in a moment of weakness I made a decision that cost me greatly. And it just goes to show that no matter how successful you've been in the past, no matter how much stuff you have, no matter how strong you are in your faith, the devil is going to continue to come after you.

"Looking back on it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened at the time, but it was definitely one of the hardest things that I've ever had to go through.

"I'm at a point right now where I don't wish to ever go through that again, but I appreciate the process and where it has brought me spiritually."


Orioles facing dilemma in regard to future of 1B Chris Davis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Orioles have a difficult decision to make regarding Jekyll-Hyde first baseman Chris Davis, who followed a stunningly productive 2013 with a stunningly horrible 2014.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI before losing the last 17 games to suspension for PED use. The team might not want to risk taking him to arbitration, however, CSNBaltimore.com has speculated. Davis earned $10.35 million this season, a raise of more than $7 million from the previous year.

Further speculation is that the Orioles will not cut his salary 20 percent because they believe $8.65 million is too rich for their blood considering his monumental struggles this year. In addition, that move would likely prompt Davis to seek arbitration.


Orioles' Chris Davis will not be on ALCS roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday suspended first baseman Chris Davis will not be on the roster for the ALCS against Kansas City. Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, wouldn't be eligible to return until Game 6 of the series.

Duquette: If O's advance, 'possibility' Chris Davis added to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) If Orioles advance to the AL Championship Series, executive vice president Dan Duquette said it is a "possibility" the team keeps a roster spot open for infielder Chris Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, according to MASNsports.com.

Chris Davis to stay fresh in instructional league


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Orioles slugger Chris Davis is expected to report to the organization's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to play in some instructional league games while serving his 25-game suspension, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Davis tested positive for amphetamines and began serving his suspension Sept. 12. Instructional league games begin Monday and end Oct. 7. Davis is eligible to return Oct. 14 -- or Game 4 of the ALCS, provided the Orioles advance that far.


Report: Chris Davis suspended for use of amphetamines


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Orioles struggling slugger Chris Davis has been suspended for 25 games for testing positive for amphetamines, though the league has not made it official, per the Baltimore Sun.

The loss of Davis could prove critical to the Orioles in the postseason, who have all but locked up the American League East title. The team has already lost third baseman Manny Machado for the season to a knee injury.

Davis, however, has not lived up to the expectations forged in 2013, when he led the majors with 53 home runs. He owns a stat line of .196/.300/.404 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI. He does have five homers in his last 17 games.


Chris Davis knocks 25th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-0 win over the Reds Wednesday.

Davis has endured a rough season at the plate, but he's picked things up offensively in his last 10 games, going 8 for 30 with eight walks, four home runs and 11 RBI. He still owns a .194/.300/.408 line with 25 home runs and 71 RBI in 422 at-bats.