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Chris Davis hits pinch-hit walk-off home run after being benched (Video)

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been struggling mightily at the plate this season. The 2013 American League home run champ is hitting just .219 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI — well behind his .286/53/138 pace last season. On Monday, Davis made Orioles fans forget about that for at least a night with one swing of the bat.

Davis, who was kept out of the lineup to start the game, hit a pinch-hit walk-off homer with the O’s trailing the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Before the game, he acknowledged that he had been given the night off because he has not been producing.

“Physically (I’m fine),” Davis said, via Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s probably because I’ve been sucking lately.”

There’s nothing a classic pie to the face can’t fix.

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Rather than sulking, Davis did what every manager hopes his best players will do when facing adversity. He stayed ready and delivered when called upon.

“Any time you’re able to deliver and come through for your team, it’s big,” Davis told reporters after the game. “Like I said earlier today, I’m working as hard as I can to get back on track, doing everything I can and just knowing that as long as I continue to work, the results would be there.”

Despite Davis’ early-season struggles, the Orioles are just 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. If Davis starts hitting like he did in 2013, Baltimore has a better chance to remain in the hunt.

H/T Big League Stew

Chris Davis got hilarious silent treatment after homer (Video)

Chris-Davis-silent-treatmentBaltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis belted his eighth home run of the season on Thursday night — a solo shot that gave the O’s a 5-2 lead over the Texas Rangers in the fifth. For whatever reason, his teammates decided to treat him like a rookie when he returned to the dugout.

None of the Orioles players or coaches left their seats or looked at Davis. The 2013 American League home run king took the prank in stride, handing out imaginary high-fives and hugs as he walked down the steps into the dugout.

The dugout silent treatment is one of the oldest tricks in the book after a player hits his first career MLB homer. I’m not sure what Davis did to deserve it, but we’re glad the O’s gave it to him.

GIF via The Big Lead

Bruce Bochy walked to get to Chris Davis and got burned

Chris Davis home runBruce Bochy is an unconventional manager, and one of his unconventional moves backfired on Friday.

The San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles were tied at two in the top of the 10th at AT&T Park when Bochy had his pitcher issue an intentional walk to Adam Jones to bring up Chris Davis. That’s the same Chris Davis who leads MLB with 42 home runs. Just as you would imagine, Davis torched the Giants.

The left-handed slugger hit a 2-run double to put the O’s up 4-2, and Matt Wieters followed with an RBI single before Bochy pulled pitcher Javier Lopez for Santiago Casilla. The Giants ended up losing 5-2 in 10.

Though the move did not pay off, and intentionally walking to get to Davis sounds insane, there actually was some logic to Bochy’s move.

Lopez is a lefty and already had gotten out left-handed hitters Nate McLouth and Nick Markakis earlier in the inning. Davis is hitting .247/.296/.527 against lefties, compared to .332/.420/.757 against right-handed pitchers. But if Bochy wanted to play the matchup game, he should have taken a look at Adam Jones’ stats against lefties before walking him. Jones is hitting .246/.313/.425 against lefties, which is worse than Davis’ numbers against southpaws.

Bochy out-thought himself on this one and lost. And just to remind Bochy how dumb it is to intentionally walk someone to get to Davis, the O’s first baseman crushed a home run to center in a 3-2 loss on Saturday:

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Chris Davis quit Twitter: ‘It wasn’t my cup of tea’

Chris-Davis-Hurts-Shoulder-Sleeping-WrongUnfortunately for Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, the last time home run records were being chased was during the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroid era. It will be a long time before any player who hits 30-plus home runs before the All-Star break is not accused of using steroids, and Davis has gotten a first-hand look at that with his 37 this season.

Last week, the 27-year-old made the decision to quit Twitter. When Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun asked him about that decision, Davis was vague.

“I gave it about a year,” he said. “I told [PR director Monica Barlow] I’d try it for a year and see how I felt about it. It wasn’t my cup of tea. There was no correlation with any time of the year or anything like that. I tried it for about a year and it just wasn’t something I was into.”

If all of the accusations Davis has faced on Twitter didn’t play a part in his decision to give it up, that would be one heck of a coincidence. Davis wouldn’t be the first nor the last person to quit Twitter because he gets tired of the haters.

As his recent comments about Barry Bonds showed us, Davis does not think very highly of MLB players who have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. He has also reportedly passed every drug test he has taken, so you can understand why the skeptics might get under his skin. Not reading tweets about how he’s juicing will probably lower his blood pressure a few ticks.

H/T Hardball Talk

Jose Bautista disagrees with Chris Davis, calls Barry Bonds HR king

barry-bonds-musclesChris Davis has enjoyed a phenomenal first half of the season for the Baltimore Orioles, and his success has led to notoriety and scrutiny.

Davis, who has clubbed 37 home runs this season, recently responded to a Twitter user who asked if he was juicing by saying he was not. Davis also seemed to show an anti-PED stance when he said on ESPN Radio two weeks ago that he and many others consider Roger Maris to be the single-season home run king, not Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa, who all were believed to be using PEDs when they broke Maris’ record of 61 homers.

Apparently Davis was not speaking for Jose Bautista when he made that statement.

The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, whose 54 home run season in 2010 subjected him to PED suspicion, told NBC Sports Radio’s “Kup & Schultz” on Sunday that he considers Bonds to be the single-season record holder.

“Well, I consider the home run record in baseball the one that is 73 home runs,” Bautista said on the show. “Until they manage to change that somehow, that’s the record. I’m sorry [Davis] feels a different way, but that’s just the way I feel.”

Davis is not the first person to refuse to acknowledge Bonds as the home run king because of PEDs, but technically Bautista is right. As of now, there is no asterisk next to Bonds’ name in the record book. Major League Baseball still recognizes him as the single-season home run record holder. If Davis keeps hitting homers at his current pace, he can take a shot at officially changing that.

Orioles’ Chris Davis Headed to DL After Sleeping on Shoulder Wrong

The sooner baseball players start taking their health more seriously, the sooner we can stop talking about weird and embarrassing injuries.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve slept weirdly and woken up with soreness.  But I’ve never wound up on the DL because of it.  In fact my neck hurts from the way I slept last night and here I am staring at a computer screen.  The blogosphere don’t sleep.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles placed first baseman Chris Davis on the disabled list with a shoulder strain Tuesday.  Davis aggravated the injury when he slept on his shoulder wrong in Kansas City, and an MRI revealed wear and tear on his labrum and rotator cuff.  He could miss the rest of the season, which is especially unfortunate since the Orioles acquired him in a trade with the Rangers only a month ago.

Like Carlos Zambrano before him, Davis made his injury worse with an everyday activity.  Davis’ injury adds to an insane list of freak injuries we’ve had in the MLB since spring training.  Alcides Escobar learned the value of bug spray and Scott Downs found out the hard way that his kids are tougher than him.  Chris Narveson even got a lesson in how to properly use a pair of scissors.  Is the world out to get these guys or what?  At the end of the day they just need to be thankful none of them wound up with a pool cue up their ass.

H/T to SI Hot Clicks for the story.