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20 Rajai Davis CF
Height/Weight: 5-9/195 | Birthdate: 10/19/1980 | Birthplace: Norwich, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Connecticut | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 28/20 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Tigers' Jose Iglesias out of lineup, but MRI clear


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is out of the lineup for Sunday's game with a sore knee. An MRI and X-ray showed no structural damage, and he's considered day-to-day, per MLive.

Andrew Romine replaces Iglesias at short.

The Tigers also gave catcher James McCann a rest. starting Bryan Holaday behind the plate.

J.D. Martinez moves to DH, replaced in right by Rajai Davis


Rajai Davis serving as DH for Tigers for first time Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis will not be roaming the vast expanses of the Comerica Park outfield Friday night against Houston. He will serve as a designated hitter for the first time since Sept. 12, 2013, when he wore a Toronto uniform.

Davis has been hot lately with six hits in his last 19 at-bats. He has started four of the last five games, earning playing time in the absence of usual DH Victor Martinez, who is out with a knee injury.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez slides to DH spot, Tyler Collins gets the day off,


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is serving as a designated hitter Thursday afternoon against the Astros, with Tyler Collins receiving a day off. Collins served as a DH for the previous two games since Victor Martinez was placed on the disabled list.

Rajai Davis is in right field batting seventh, and Anthony Gose is in center and at the leadoff spot.

Detroit is favored (-160) at home against Houston, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers' Rajai Davis gets the start over Anthony Gose vs. Tyler Lyons


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis will get the start at the leadoff spot in place of Anthony Gose against Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons on Saturday.

Davis is hitting .366 (20 for 72) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, seven RBI and eight stolen bases in 27 games. Gose has seven hits over his last 11 at-bats, raising his batting average from .322 to .357 over the last two games.

Detroit is favored (-115) at St. Louis, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers OF Rajai Davis collects three hits on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis broke out of a slump on Thursday against the Twins. Davis, who had been hitless over his last eight games, went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the 13-1 victory. Davis is now batting .282 on the season.

Davis has struggled to find consistent playing time as he and Anthony Gose have been platooning in center field for most of the year. Davis was in right field on Thursday, however, with J.D. Martinez getting a start as the designated hitter.


Tigers' Victor Martinez gets the night off, could sit out next four


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave designated hitter Victor Martinez the afternoon off on Thursday against the Twins, which means the struggling switch-hitter could receive four consecutive days off, per MLive.com.

Martinez, who underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus, has just three hits over his last 19 at-bats. He is hitting .226 (24 for 106) with one home run, 15 RBI and a .320 on-base percentage in 32 games. He is hitting .150 with a .418 OPS as a left-handed hitter this season.

"Like I said, I just have to fight it," Martinez said of his sore left knee, per the Detroit Free Press.

With Martinez given the day off, J.D. Martinez is in the starting lineup, but at DH. Rajai Davis is in right field, Anthony Gose is in center.

Detroit will play the next three games over the weekend at St. Louis, meaning Martinez won't be able to serve as a designated hitter. Ausmus has hinted in the past that Martinez won't play the field and will only serve as a pinch-hitter in National League parks.


Tigers CF Anthony Gose returns to the starting lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) The Tigers' center field platoon continues as Anthony Goes returns to the starting lineup on Friday against the Royals. Gose had sat out the previous two games while Rajai Davis received the start. The two speedsters have virtually split playing time evenly this year, with Gose having the slight advantage.

Gose hasn't been very consistent in getting on base lately for Detroit. Over his last 22 at-bats, he has just six hits and two walks as the Tigers' leadoff man. He'll look to get things going on Friday against Royals' starter Yordano Ventura, whom he has never faced in his career.


Tigers' Anthony Gose, Alex Avila held out of lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose and catcher Alex Avila were not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. 

Gose had started three straight games for manager Brad Ausmus, and had a nice game on Tuesday. He will get a breather while Rajai Davis leads off and plays center field.

As expected, Avila will sit with lefty Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox. Avila has just one hit in 11 at-bats against lefties this season. He was replaced in the lineup by James McCann


Tigers CF Anthony Gose records two hits, steals base Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Making his third consecutive start for the Tigers on Tuesday, center fielder Anthony Gose recorded two hits, stole a base and scored a run in the 5-2 loss to the White Sox. Gose, who has mostly been in a platoon with Rajai Davis, has started five of the last seven games for manager Brad Ausmus, and seems to be taking a grasp on the bulk of the playing time.

Gose has been fairly inconsistent in recent games, hitting .259 with 10 strikeouts (to just two walks) over his last eight games played. 


Slumping Tigers RF J.D. Martinez gets a day of rest vs. Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez received a day of rest Saturday against the Royals. Martinez has struggled as of late, hitting .205 (8-for-39) with 17 strikeouts over his last 10 games. He has been held without a hit in his four career at-bats against right-hander Edinson Volquez.

Rajai Davis moved to right field and will bat ninth, while Anthony Gose remained in the leadoff spot and in center field.

Detroit is favored (-125) at Kansas City, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers OF Rajai Davis back in lineup after two-game absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Twins after missing two starts due to a groin injury.

Davis has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .394 (13 for 33) with one double, one triple, one home run, four RBI, nine runs and three stolen bases in that span.

Phil Hughes is on the mound for Minnesota on Wednesday. Davis is batting .241 (7 for 29) with four doubles, four RBI, one walk and five strikeouts in his career against Hughes.


Tigers' Rajai Davis out of the lineup Tuesday, Nick Castellanos back


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is out of the lineup again Tuesday against the Twins with a groin injury while Nick Castellanos returns to third base, the team announced. Davis missed Monday's game with the injury and will be replaced by Anthony Gose. He is hitting .341 with four RBI in 41 at-bats this season.

Castellanos got the day off Monday after playing eight straight at third. He is hitting .227 with two home runs in 66 at-bats this season. The Tigers are currently the favorites (-135) against the Twins.


Tigers' Rajai Davis out of lineup, Ian Kinsler leading off Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is out of the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Twins.

"He doesn't feel the tightness anymore," manager Brad Ausmus said, per Mlive.com. "It was tightness. He didn't pull or strain anything. But he felt it tighten up, so he was concerned if he tried to run hard something would give. So it was probably wise that he came out of the game, because he feels good [Monday]. We'll give him the day and just see how he's doing."

Davis left Sunday's game due to groin tightness, keeping him from reprising his normal role as leadoff man against southpaws. Instead, the Tigers will use second baseman Ian Kinsler in the leadoff role, with shortstop Jose Iglesias moving up to the second slot.

"I do think hitting leadoff's a little different," Ausmus said, "and Kinsler's done it many times before. That's the only reason."

It's the first time this season Kinsler has batted anything other than second, but he's no stranger to the leadoff spot, having made 745 of his 1,236 career starts atop the lineup. Iglesias, however, has batted eighth or ninth in each of his starts this season. He's made three career starts in the No. 2 slot, going 5 for 12 with one walk.

The Tigers are heavy road favorites (-155) in Minnesota Monday.


Tigers OF Rajai Davis leaves game with groin injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis left Sunday's game against the Reds with a tight right groin, the team announced. 

Davis is confident the injury won't sideline him long. 

“I don’t think it’s serious at all,” Davis said, via MLB.com. “I just think it’s sore, tight. I’ve been running around on it a lot the last couple of days. I guess I wasn’t used to that. If I get my body used to it, I think I’ll be all right.”

Davis is considered day-to-day. Before exiting the game, Davis had a great game from the plate. He went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. He's now hitting .341/.449/.488 for the season.

“It was tight, and I wasn’t running like I was capable of running,” Davis said of his groin. “Just wanted to take precautionary measures. I think the bigger picture is what I was looking at.” 


Rajai Davis gets the start over Anthony Gose vs. Trevor Bauer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose received a day of rest as Rajai Davis will get the start Saturday against Trevor Bauer and the Indians, according to MLB.com. Davis will bat at the leadoff spot, and is 2 for 9 with a home run, a walk and a strikeout in his career against Bauer.

Right-handed hitters are 4 for 30 (.133) with 17 strikeouts against Bauer.


Tigers' Rajai Davis slugs first home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 1-0 win over the Pirates Wednesday.

Davis broke a scoreless tie by leading off the sixth inning with his first home run of the season.

"I did reach a little bit but I felt like off the bat I'm hoping that would go," Davis said after the game, per the Associated Press. "It felt good off the bat."

It was just one of seven combined hits for both teams in the low-scoring matchup. Davis is 4 for 16 with one home run and three stolen bases in six games.


Rajai Davis goes two for four in Tigers' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis went two for four with a walk in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh. He singled in the Tigers' first run of the game in the seventh inning. 

Davis recorded his first RBI of the season, and he lifted his average to .250. 


Tigers' Rajai Davis leading off Tuesday vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is in the starting lineup and leading off in his team's matchup with the Pirates Tuesday.

Davis has just one hit in eight at-bats this season, but he's 4 for 9 with three extra-base hits against Tuesday starter A.J. Burnett in his career. With Davis in the lineup, Anthony Gose is on the bench.

Designated hitter Victor Martinez remains out of the lineup with the Tigers playing in a National League park Tuesday. The Tigers are underdogs (+110) against the Pirates, per VegasInsider.com.


Ausmus: Rajai Davis will face lefties, Anthony Gose will face RHPs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is slated to face the vast majority of shouthpaws and outfielder Anthony Gose will face the majority of right-handed pitchers to start the season, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters, per the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday.

"Raj is going to see probably the vast majority of the lefties," Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "Anthony's going to see the majority of the righties. And there's going to be times where Raj, whether it's a matchup situation or he just needs to play because we haven't seen a lefty, is also going to face righties. You probably could say the same thing about the catchers."

Davis slashed .304/.358/.446 with 15 homers and 87 RBI over 951 career at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Gose is a career .241 hitter with five home runs and 32 at-bats against right-handed hitters. He is hitting leadoff against the Twins on Wednesday.


Tigers' Ausmus chooses Davis over Gose for opener due to matchup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis drew the start in center field for Monday's season opener against the Twins over outfielder Anthony Gose. Manager Brad Ausmus said it was because of Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes' reverse splits, per MLive.com.

Davis is batting .269 (7 for 29) with four doubles and four RBI in his career against Hughes.

"Rajai had a nice year for us, so part of me was glad it was reverse splits," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "It gave me an excuse to play Raj on Opening Day."

Davis is expected to share playing time in center field with Gose this season.

"I'm not worried about that," Davis said. "The bottom line is, the best team is going to go out there on the field. I'm confident that our manager is going to put the best team out there and whatever that is, I guess we'll have to wait and see."


Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis fully recovered from groin injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is fully healed from his groin injury and good to go for spring training, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Davis aggravated his groin at the end of the 2014 season and did not make an appearance in the playoffs again. He hit .282 with eight home runs and 51 RBI in 461 plate appearances in 2014.


Rajai Davis aggravates groin injury Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis aggravated his groin injury in Friday's Game 2 ALDS loss to the Orioles.

Davis went 1 for 2 in the game but was pulled for a pinch runner after the hit, as his single would have likely been a doube if he were healthy. He did say after the game that he'd try to play in Game 3 Sunday and that he has felt better each day as he continues to recover from the injury, the Detroit Free-Press reports.


Tigers OF Rajai Davis ready for ALDS series opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis (groin) made it into the starting lineup for Thursday's AL Division Series opener against the Orioles.

Rajai Davis runs, plays catch Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis ran and played catch at Camden Yards Wednesday and seemed upbeat, MLB.com reports.

Davis dealt with a strained groin over the last weekend of the regular season. His availability for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles won't be known until Thursday.


Rajai Davis out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis (groin) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Twins.