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Davidson looking to move past tough June

Infielder tied career high with 3 hits Saturday; hopes to carry momentum forward
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ARLINGTON -- Maybe Friday proved to be just what Chicago infielder Matt Davidson needed to turn around a bad June.

Davidson was called on to pitch an inning and was perfect in an 11-3 loss to Texas. He was in a more familiar spot Saturday, batting and going 3-for-4 with a homer and double in the 13-4 loss to the Rangers.

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ARLINGTON -- Maybe Friday proved to be just what Chicago infielder Matt Davidson needed to turn around a bad June.

Davidson was called on to pitch an inning and was perfect in an 11-3 loss to Texas. He was in a more familiar spot Saturday, batting and going 3-for-4 with a homer and double in the 13-4 loss to the Rangers.

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Saturday's game pushed Davidson's average to .228 and capped a month in which he hit just .203 with three homers and five RBIs.

"Seeing the results definitely helped the confidence a little bit," Davidson said. "June wasn't a good month for me at all. I couldn't get anything done. I'm glad it's over and I can move on. You have ups and downs, but that was a pretty long down."

The three-hit game for Davidson matched his career high, which he's now done eight times. His homer Saturday also allowed him to make history. According to STATS, Inc., he's the first White Sox position player since at least 1913 to pitch in a game and then homer in the club's next game.

Davidson is hoping to build off that.

"You've got to stay strong and positive and know you're going to come out the other end," he said. "I maybe tweaked a couple of things, but really it comes down to the timing's off and maybe I was trying to do too much, not focusing. It's about getting the job done. I just need to do that."

That would make manager Rick Renteria happy.

"I wish I had a crystal ball to tell you he's trending in the right direction," Renteria said. "He had some good at-bats. I think he's had some at-bats that he's been working to try and put himself in a better position to strike the ball as consistently as he possibly can. Hopefully, this is something that's trending."

Anthony Andro is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas.

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