Rajai Davis has had a tough time getting going this season. He has been stealing bases, but that was expected. The problem is, he hasn't been getting on base enough.
He has been dropped from leadoff to the No. 9 spot in the batting order for the past few games. In his first 16 games this season, he was batting .182 with a .217 on-base percentage.
In the first month, he was hampered by an ankle injury that first cropped up on Opening Day when caught in a rundown on which he made it back safely to first. He missed a couple of games after that and eventually went on the disabled list.
Perhaps things are looking up for the speedster, who was acquired from Oakland in the offseason to pump up the running game.
He was 2-for-5 with a triple in Tuesday's 7-6, 10-inning win over Boston, and he is now batting .197.
More important were his eighth and ninth stolen bases that followed his one-out single in the 10th against Matt Albers. He stole second and third, and David Cooper won the game with a sacrifice fly.
"Our first base coach (Torey Lovullo) was giving me the thumbs up, just unleashing me," Davis said. "So I had a good feeling that I was going to go all the way to third. Of course, the pitcher dictates that. I just felt that he was going to be pretty slow to the plate and he wasn't paying me much attention, so I just was able to take advantage of the opportunity that he gave me."
The Red Sox weren't caught by surprise on Davis' first steal. Jason Varitek called a pitchout, but Boston's catcher could not get enough altitude on his throw, and Davis was safe in a close play.
"I knew it was going to be pretty close at second," Davis said. "But at third, I pretty much was convinced that he had no shot."
Albers threw a slider to Cooper, making the job that much easier for Davis. This is one time the running game paid off for the Blue Jays.
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