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May 21, 2014

What You Need to Know

Chris Davis Going Deep

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Chris Davis slugged three home runs in his first three games of the 2013 season—one in each of them—and then upped his total to four by going yard again the next day. That set the stage for his league-leading 53-homer campaign, which established the 28-year-old as one of the most feared hitters in the American League.

Reputations need to be upheld when established, though, and Davis’ first few days of the 2014 season weren’t nearly as productive as his opening salvos last year. He went hitless in games one and two, and he didn’t go yard until game 12. Davis then fell into a seven-game tater-less drought, which he snapped on April 23, two days before hitting the disabled list with a strained oblique. He returned on May 11, but went deep just once over the next eight games.

And so, 30 games into the 2014 Orioles season, Davis’ home run total was the same as it had been just three games in 2013. The first baseman had a whole lot of catching up to do. On Tuesday, he began to make up ground.

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