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Davidson, Avi extend surprising, strong starts

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CLEVELAND -- Matt Davidson's five at-bats during the White Sox 10-4 victory over the Indians on Thursday night left him just short of an early milestone of sorts.

That milestone stands as 20 at-bats for the season, which factors into Davidson's refined offensive approach for success.

CLEVELAND -- Matt Davidson's five at-bats during the White Sox 10-4 victory over the Indians on Thursday night left him just short of an early milestone of sorts.

That milestone stands as 20 at-bats for the season, which factors into Davidson's refined offensive approach for success.

"Jim Thome had a good perspective. 'Take your at-bats in 20 at-bat bunches, kind of sit back and reflect on it and see what you need to do. What you did well and did not,'" Davidson explained. "I'm around there now, and I'll look at the next 20 and make good adjustments."

Davidson ended Thursday with 18 quite productive at-bats overall. He has a team-best two home runs, including a three-run shot off of Josh Tomlin during a five-run first, and is tied with Avisail Garcia at a team-high eight RBIs.

Garcia finished the series-deciding victory by reaching base four times, with three hits, one walk and a batting average of .452. He drove in three and joins Davidson as first-week surprises for a South Side squad looking more competitive than your average rebuild.

Video: CWS@CLE: A. Garcia drives in two with liner to center

They are surprises in the sense of the unknown more so than their potential to achieve. Garcia sat at the corner of a White Sox rebuild in 2013, but has not lived up to his vast potential. Davidson dealt with two rough years at Triple-A Charlotte and a season-ending foot injury in '16 during his lone Major League game.

This duo knows the capabilities are there. Now, it's more about keeping it consistent throughout the season.

"I want to be consistent all year long. I don't want to be up and down," Garcia said. "The up and down is going to come, but I have to learn how to have it go away quick. Just doing what I'm doing, and trying to help my team win."

"I'm confident in myself and my swing," said Davidson, who still would like to cut down on his strikeout total, presently at 10. "I started out 5-for-10, but I will have a 1-for-10 this season, we all know it. You just gotta try to have more of one than the other."

Tim Anderson actually started Thursday's scoring with a first-pitch home run to left. Davidson showed off his opposite-field muscle to right-center, and Garcia's single to right with two outs in the second ended a miserable night for Tomlin. It might have been a bit of a surprise for the Indians, but not necessarily the White Sox.

"I don't know if it's a surprise. I don't know if I came in with any illusions of what they were or not," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I just came in and figured they were going to show us what they are. I didn't come in with any preconceived notions of what they were going to do or not do."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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