Tonight is Crush Davis Action Figure night at Camden Yards, with the first 10,000 fans 14 and under getting a plastic action figure of Chris Davis as a caped crusader.
The real Davis will begin the game on the bench. Last year’s Most Valuable Oriole is hitting just .196 with 125 strikeouts in 321 at-bats this year.
With Seattle’s tough, young left-hander James Paxton on the mound, the left-handed-hitting Davis wasn’t in the starting lineup. The first baseman also has been dealing with a flu virus that caused him to miss two full games earlier this week.
“I didn’t want to put extra pressure on him with the superhero — what is that thing?” Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked. “Chris is working on some things. And I don’t think he is quite yet [healthy]. He’s still coughing up a lot of stuff.”
Davis was at the park early Saturday, working with hitting coach Jim Presley and former hitting coach Terry Crowley on his swing mechanics. Showalter said Davis would start Sunday against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Nick Markakis is the only left-handed hitter in Saturday’s lineup against Paxton. Delmon Young is playing left field, Steve Pearce is at first, and Nelson Cruz is the designated hitter.
Here are the lineups:
Orioles: Markakis 7, Machado 5, Jones 8, Cruz DH, Young 7, Hardy 6, Pearce 3, Young 7, Hardy 6, Joseph 2, Schoop 4. Gonzalez 1.
Mariners: Jackson 8, Ackley 7, Cano 4, Morales DH, Seager 5, Morrison 3, Taylor 6, Chavez 9, Sucre 2. Paxton 1.