Davidson went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Tigers. Davidson found his name in the starting lineup for the second straight day following a stretch in which he appeared in just three of the previous 12 games. He started at third base in both games while primary third-sacker Yolmer Sanchez covered for second baseman Yoan Moncada on Tuesday and shortstop Tim Anderson on Wednesday. Davidson can be a dangerous threat when in the lineup -- he homers once every 5.3 games, slightly down from one every 4.5 last year -- but he's not in the lineup enough. He's been losing at-bats to Daniel Palka who has become the primary designated hitter.
Davidson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Davidson will head to the bench for the third time in five games, with all three absences coming against right-handed starting pitching. It seems as though the righty-hitting Davidson could be ticketed for the short side of a platoon with lefty slugger Daniel Palka, who has proven himself worthy of more opportunities by blasting 16 home runs in just 249 at-bats this season. Davidson, meanwhile, has seen his production taper off since exploding for 11 home runs over his first 34 appearances of the campaign. Since the beginning of June, Davidson has lagged to a .203/.289/.378 slash line while going deep only five times in 42 games.
Davidson is out of the lineup against Tampa Bay on Friday. Davidson will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts during Thursday's game. In his place, Daniel Palka will serve as the DH and bat fourth.
Davidson is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals. Davidson will sit after going 4-for-7 with a homer over his last two games. Daniel Palka will be Chicago's designated hitter.
Davidson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Royals. Davidson slashed a double -- his 17th of the year -- off Danny Duffy and later clubbed his 16th home run off reliever Kevin McCarthy. The 27-year-old is hitting .226/.332/.456 with 42 RBI and 36 runs in 82 games this season. Davidson has largely served as the designated hitter this year, with occasional starts at first and third base.