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The Orioles slugger is enduring a nightmare season. Although his power numbers have improved slightly since a recently mandated layoff, Davis is batting .156 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and 99 strikeouts at the midpoint of the season.
Not exactly what the Orioles were expecting when they signed the left-handed hitting first baseman to a guaranteed seven-year, $161 million contract in January 2016.
At the time of the deal, Davis averaged 42 home runs and 109 RBIs over the previous three seasons and was coming off a year in which he hit .262 with 47 homers and 117 RBIs.
Since then, his production has dipped annually. His 2017 numbers – .215, 26 and 61 – were downright prolific compared to this year.
Thus, the jeers from the home fans, who have grown weary of watching the struggles of the highest-paid player on the worst team in the big leagues.
”I understand their frustration,” Davis said. ”I know exactly what I’m capable of and what I’ve done in the past. I know that the standard is high and I haven’t been playing that well. But I have to move forward and continue to try to find a way to still have an impact on this season.”
It’s probably too late for his bat to make a difference. His most significant influence on the team, unfortunately, is that his sizable contract makes it that much more difficult for Baltimore to pay big bucks to several of its pending free agents, most notably Manny Machado.
The Orioles and Davis appear destined to be together through the 2022 season, so both sides must make the best of it. That’s why Davis was given an eight-game hiatus in June to get his swing down and his head right. Up to that point, he had tried just about everything else.
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So he went to the sideline, working with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, a left-handed batter who hit 50 homers for the Orioles in 1996.
Upon his return, on June 26 in Atlanta, Davis homered and drove in two runs. Over the past 10 games, he’s hitting .158 with two doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and 13 strikeouts.
”His run production is a lot better, his at-bats have been better,” manager Buck Showalter insisted. ”They may say comparatively speaking, but if Chris continues at this rate, if you put it over 160 games it’s pretty good.”
Davis has tried just about everything else in an effort to get back into the groove, with the breakaway from the game coming as a last resort.
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Showalter and the organization can only hope for positive, lasting results.
”Chris has been a good friend of mine,” the manager said. ”He’s got a lot of support from the coaches and his teammates.”
Once the Chicago White Sox got started, Yolmer Sanchez wouldn’t be stopped.
Sanchez matched a career high with four RBIs, Avisail Garcia hit his first homer since returning from the disabled list last week and the White Sox came back to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4 on Tuesday night.
Yoan Moncada drove in a run with a triple and scored as the White Sox won for the third time in four games following an eight-game losing streak. Reynaldo Lopez (3-5) lasted 6 1/3 innings for the win in a contest that began after a delay of 1 hour, 48 minutes because of heavy rain.
Sanchez is hitting .258 on the season, but is 17 for 55 with runners in scoring position. He drove in three runs on a pair bases-loaded singles and a fourth with a groundout.
”I feel good with runners in scoring position,” Sanchez said. ”I don’t try to do too much, I try to put the ball in play and put a good swing (on the ball).”
Lopez yielded four runs and six hits before four Chicago relievers combined for 2 2/3 hitless innings. The 24-year-old right-hander rebounded from a lopsided loss at Cleveland last week when he allowed the first five of the Indians’ 12 runs.
”He ground out the innings that he gave us,” manager Rick Renteria said. ”He continued to show some calm out there.”
Ehire Adrianza hit a solo shot and drove in two runs, and Brian Dozier also went deep for Minnesota.
Minnesota’s Lance Lynn (5-6) seemed to be cruising with a 4-2 lead in a seventh straight solid start, but slipped on the wet grass while fielding Matt Davidson’s soft grounder leading off the bottom of sixth. Leury Garcia singled off Lynn’s glove and Kevan Smith followed with another hit to load the bases, prompting manager Paul Molitor to bring in reliever Ryan Pressly.
”It was a weird inning,” Lynn said. ”I don’t know how to explain it. I should have made both plays.
”They capitalized when they had a chance. It was all on me.”
Pressly walked Tim Anderson to force in a run. Sanchez put the White Sox ahead for the first time when he lined a single off Taylor Rogers with two outs that drove in two.
Lynn allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through five-plus innings. The 31-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked one.
Dozier’s 11th homer, on a towering fly that barely cleared the left-field fence, put the Twins ahead 1-0 in the second. Adrianza’s drive to straightaway center on the first pitch of the third made it 2-0.
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Minnesota moved back ahead 4-2 in the fifth. Mitch Garver, Jake Cave and Adrianza opened the inning with sharp singles. Joe Mauer settled for a sac fly as Garcia made a nifty running grab of his liner to the warning track in right center.
After Chicago took a 5-4 lead in the sixth, Garcia hit his second homer of the season – and first since April 3 – in the seventh.
Sanchez singled in another run as the White Sox scored twice in the eighth.
Lynn recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career when he fanned Jose Abreu in the fifth.
THEIR KIND OF TOWN
The Twins began a run of six straight games in Chicago. Their three-game series against the White Sox will be followed by a three-game set at Wrigley Field against the crosstown Cubs.
TWINS’ ROSTER MOVE
The Twins recalled Cave for the third time this season from Triple-A Rochester before Tuesday’s game and started him in right. He took the roster spot of Ryan LaMarre, who was sent down on Sunday.
Twins: Two-time All-Star RHP Ervin Santana (right middle finger surgery) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers on Saturday after throwing 60 pitches of live batting practice on Monday. Santana’s recovery from Feb. 6 surgery has been slower than expected. The right-hander, 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA last season, made two rehab starts in May before being shut down.
White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (right hip soreness), who was pulled with no outs in the fifth inning in his last start on Saturday against Oakland, said he felt fine after throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. Manager Rick Renteria expects Covey to make his next scheduled start, on Friday at Texas. . Garcia collided with Moncada near the right-field line as Garcia caught Eddie Rosario’s pop in the first. Both players seemed stunned, but were checked and remained in the game.
Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (2-5, 3.25) faces White Sox RHP James Shields (2-9) on Wednesday night.