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Davis contributes with bat instead of legs

The Sports Xchange

When Thursday's game started, center fielder Rajai Davis sat for the second time in three games as Travis Snider played in center. But Davis wasn't idle.

He got himself ready to run a little later than he would if he starts.

When Eric Thames, who tweaked his ankle running the bases earlier in the game, drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning, Davis was sent in as a pinch runner.

An inning later, Davis doubled with two outs, driving in two runs that were the difference in the Blue Jays' 7-5 win over the Mariners.

On Tuesday, Davis entered the game as a pinch runner in the ninth. He stole three bases, including two in the 14th inning, before scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly.

"He hasn't been relegated to a bench role," manager John Farrell said, "but he has the knack for some flair late in the game. He's still going to get the majority of his reps in center field."

The way Davis reacted on his eighth-inning double, it appeared as if he thought it was the ninth inning. He was taking the walk-off part of it literally before he realized his mistake and hastened his gait.

"I'm thankful he got the hit, and yeah, we do play nine innings," Farrell said.

"I guess I was just focusing on hitting, and it felt good off the bat, and I was admiring it a little bit," Davis said. "It was just a good pitch to hit, and we were able to square it up and hit it where they ain't, and we scored some runs."

Davis has had experience entering games from the bench but has been mainly the starting center fielder since joining Toronto this season after he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Athletics.

"I've had a lot of practice doing it," Davis said of getting sporadic playing time. "I did it a lot with Pittsburgh, I did it some with San Francisco, I did it a lot with Oakland, and I think I got used to it and figured out a way to stay consistent."

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