Davis (undisclosed) is starting at first base and hitting fifth Tuesday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. As expected, Davis is back in the starting lineup after being held out of Sunday's game with some nicks and bruises. The struggling slugger, who is hitting just .161/.247/.304 across 92 games this season, will face right-hander Tyler Glasnow in his return to action.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he held Davis out of the lineup during Sunday's 9-6 win over the Rangers because the first baseman was "banged up a little bit," Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun reports. Showalter didn't offer much specifics regarding where exactly Davis is hurting, but it's expected that the struggling slugger will return to the lineup Tuesday in Tampa Bay. Davis, who also sat out Saturday's contest, will have three full days to recover due to the open date in Baltimore's schedule Monday.
Davis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Davis hit the bench Saturday with southpaw Mike Minor on the hill for the Rangers, but the first baseman's absence a day later is more surprising with a right-hander (Drew Hutchison) on the hill. Despite Davis' back-to-back benchings, manager Buck Showalter has made no indication the Orioles intend to go in a different direction at first base. Davis is slashing only .182/.333/.500 since the All-Star break, but that still translates to a 300-point increase in OPS from his season-long mark.
Davis is not starting Saturday against the Rangers, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. Davis is hitting .241 with three homers and a 1.026 OPS over his last eight games. Even that batting average counts as a major hot streak in a season in which he's hitting .161 overall. Trey Mancini will play first base Saturday, with Joey Rickard playing left field.
Davis went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, three runs scored and one walk in Sunday's 11-5 win over the Rays. Davis launched a solo home run in the first inning, and he blasted a two-run homer in the eighth to pad the lead. He went 2-for-9 over Baltimore's three-game weekend series, as the Orioles managed to sweep Tampa Bay. Despite a monster day at the dish, Davis is batting just .159 with 13 homers and 35 RBI through 88 games.