CHICAGO -- For the second straight game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter started Chris Davis at third base and in the seventh spot in the lineup Monday.
Davis was 2-for-4 with two doubles from the No. 7 spot in Sunday afternoon’s 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Davis entered Monday’s game hitting just .195, but he was 4-for-11 with three doubles and one home run in his first three starts from the seventh spot.
With Manny Machado out indefinitely with a right knee ligament sprain, Showalter said Davis offers the team the most experience at third base.
It also allowed Showalter to start right-handed hitters Steve Pearce and Delmon Young against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who had held left-handed hitters to a .122 batting average this season heading into Monday’s game.
Before Monday’s game, the left-handed hitting Davis had just one at-bat against Sale. He was 0-for-1.
Machado says ‘time will just tell’ on his knee
One week after Machado suffered the right knee injury while hitting a groundout against the New York Yankees, he said Monday that he’s still waiting to see significant progress with the injury.
Machado said he continues to receive daily treatment and do leg exercises, but ge said his knee feels “about the same.”
“We won’t know until later on,” Machado said. “It just needs to heal up on its own. Time will just tell. Hopefully, we will see some progress soon.”
McFarland back home in the Windy City
When left-hander T.J. McFarland returned to his hometown last year, he was greeted by a group of about 300 friends and family who filled the right-field stands behind the Orioles bullpen with orange clothing.
McFarland — who grew up in Chicago’s southern suburbs about 30 minutes away from U.S. Cellular Field — was a White Sox fan when he was younger. This week, he will have the opportunity to play in both of the city’s ballparks as the Orioles stay in Chicago for a full week.
“I followed the White Sox,” McFarland said. “I grew up coming to this park as a kid. I grew up watching the Cubs, too, but I was more of a White Sox fan because I was closer to here. If you ask any person from Chicago, you like one or the other. It’s a big rivalry. I’m excited to be playing in both.”
Around the horn
With his single in the first inning Monday, right fielder Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games. He has hit safely in 15 of 16 games in August. From Aug. 7 through Sunday, he was 14-for-36 with three doubles, six runs, six walks and one RBI. In the month of August, Markakis was hitting .400/.486/.567 entering Monday’s game. … Catcher Caleb Joseph had thrown out 16 of 39 potential basestealers through Sunday and his 41 percent caught-stealing percentage is the second-best in baseball among catchers with at least 10 attempts, trailing only the St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (16-for-34, 47.1 percent). … Low-A Delmarva third baseman Drew Dosch set a franchise record for hits in a season (152), passing current Shorebirds manager Ryan Minor, who had 150 hits in 1997. … Double-A Bowie groundskeeper Matt Parrott was named the Eastern League Diamond Pro Sports Field Manager of the Year, voted on by field staff and umpires. He also won the award in 2011. …The Orioles announced Monday that fans who make a deposit for 2015 season tickets will receive access to postseason tickets this season. Fans who place a nonrefundable $250 (for 13-game plans), $500 (for 29-game plans), or $1,000 (for full-season plans) deposit per seat for next season will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase playoff tickets this year before the general public, the team said. The deposit must be placed by Sept. 15 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, go to Orioles.com/postseason.