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Davidson acclimating to Majors, coming off bench

CINCINNATI -- For D-backs third baseman Matt Davidson, his promotion to the big leagues 10 days ago has been quite a learning experience.

Davidson is seeing towns like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the first time. He's also learning about the pace and intensity of a Major League game.

"It's a lot of fun with the electricity and how intense every single game is," he said. "We were having a rough year in [Triple-A] Reno, so it's definitely a lot different."

Something else that's different is the amount of consistent at-bats Davidson is getting.

With Reno, he was in the lineup every night, compiling a .278 batting average to go with 16 homers and 68 RBIs. It was good enough to earn a berth in the All-Star Futures Game, where he was named Most Valuable Player.

With the D-backs, though, Davidson's playing time has not been regular. He is 3-for-14 since his promotion, and he also has three plate appearances as a pinch-hitter.

"It's definitely different," Davidson said of coming off the bench. "I've never done it ever in my career, but I think it's cool. It gives me time to get acclimated, work out in the weight room, take a lot of ground balls, take some more swings than I normally do."

Instead of taking pregame grounders just to get loose, Davidson takes them at game intensity. Same thing with batting practice.

"To come off and pinch-hit, that's a tough deal, it really is," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "But regardless of whether you're starting every day, or you're playing every other day or every third day and you're pinch-hitting occasionally, it's part of the process of learning how to be successful. So it's tough. It's tough coming off the bench and doing that, but that's what we've got."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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