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Buck confident in Davis' resurgence: 'It's there'

Manager details slugger's efforts to break out of season-opening slump
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BALTIMORE -- First baseman Chris Davis was out of the Orioles' lineup for the second straight game. Davis, who entered Sunday batting .167 with two home runs and six RBIs through 25 games, needed the time off according to manager Buck Showalter.

"Chris is working on some things," Showalter said. "Working on some adjustments, some things."

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BALTIMORE -- First baseman Chris Davis was out of the Orioles' lineup for the second straight game. Davis, who entered Sunday batting .167 with two home runs and six RBIs through 25 games, needed the time off according to manager Buck Showalter.

"Chris is working on some things," Showalter said. "Working on some adjustments, some things."

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Showalter said that he hopes that Davis will play when the Orioles begin a three-game series with the Angels in Anaheim on Tuesday. The left-handed hitter didn't start on Saturday against Tigers southpaw Francisco Liriano. Left-hander Daniel Norris started for Detroit on Sunday.

Davis, who is working intensely with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, batted leadoff in the team's first five games of the season in an unsuccessful attempt at igniting him. He batted .050 (1-for-20) with three walks in the top spot.

"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."

Davis twice led the Major Leagues in home runs with 53 in 2013, when he also led the Majors in RBIs with 138, and in '15 when he slugged 47. In '17, he hit .215 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs and struck out 195 times despite playing in only 128 games.

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"Chris is very receptive," Showalter said. "This is a baseball player with power."

Davis had one of his four two-hit games of 2018 on Thursday against the Rays, but he was hitless in four at-bats Friday against the Tigers.

"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.

"We're trying to get at the root of what's causing it. ... It's eating at him. He wants to be everything for everybody."

Showalter is convinced that Davis will return to his former dominance.

"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."

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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