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Orioles Continue To Sit Chris Davis As He Works On 'Adjustments'

April 30, 2018
BALTIMORE -- For the second straight game April 29, Orioles manager Buck Showalter rested first baseman Chris Davis. 

With the slugger batting just .167 with two home runs and six RBIs, Davis knows things have to change.
 
Davis, who is in the third season of a seven-year, $161 million contract, has been frustrated by his inability to consistently produce, and while Showalter hopes to have Davis in the lineup when the Orioles begin a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels May 1, there are no guarantees.
 
"Chris is working on some things," Showalter said. "Working on some adjustments, some things."
 
Davis and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh are trying to make adjustments to his game to see if he can once again become a productive hitter.
 
"He's trying to step back and start again," Showalter said. "I'm sure there's some inner pressure to live up to some things. He's just trying to step back and start again. He can't continue down the path and expect different results if we don't try something to fix something that isn't working as well as it should be."
 
Showalter has made suggestions. Early in the season, he put Davis in the leadoff spot, but that didn't work. The experiment was abandoned when Davis went 1-for-20 (.050) in his first five games.
 
"We're trying a lot of different things," Showalter said. "We know what he's capable of. He's done it in the past. It's been a while since he's been consistent."
 
For the last two games, Trey Mancini played first while Davis sat. Mark Trumbo, who is set to come off the 10-day disabled list May 1, can play first base, too. So can Pedro Alvarez.
 
But the Orioles need Davis to not only play first base -- where his defense has been consistently solid -- but to hit with power.
 
"We're trying to get at the root of what's causing it," Showalter said. "It's always not just one thing. … It means a lot to him. It does, very frustrating. It's eating at him. He wants to be everything for everybody."
 
Davis led the major leagues with 47 home runs in 2015, the second time in three years he had done so. In 2013, he had 53 homers and led the majors with 138 RBIs.
 
Since signing his seven-year deal, Davis hit .221 with 38 home runs and 84 RBIs in 2016 and last year slumped to .215 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs. He also struck out 195 times in just 128 games.
 
"Chris is very receptive," Showalter said. "This is a baseball player with power."
 
Davis has also been the subject of occasional booing at home for the first time since he arrived in Baltimore in July 2011, but overall he remains a fan favorite.
 
"Chris loves playing baseball, and he loves playing 'the game within the game,'" Showalter said. "What happens is you're trying to get it back with three homers in a game. … If you're driving in 100-plus runs, you're hitting some two-out singles. … It's there. It's there."

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