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Third to first

Matt Davidson, acquired from Arizona in the offseason trade that sent closer Addison Reed to the D-backs, joked Monday he has no excuse not to be a good third baseman under six-time Gold Glove winner Robin Ventura.

"I'd better be good because I've had Matt Williams, Eric Chavez and Martin Prado and now Robin Ventura," Davidson said, "so I guess it's on me if I'm not good."

Davidson, known more for his hitting, made one error in 39 chances last season with the D-backs but committed 17 errors in 109 games with Triple-A Reno before his callup.

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