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In-Depth: Chris Davis

BIO: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has captured the imagination of baseball fans in Baltimore and around the country with his potentially historic home-run pace. But Davis’ road to stardom was hardly smooth or straight.

Once a top prospect for the Texas, Rangers, the team he grew up cheering, Davis spent years shuffling between the majors and minors, unable to secure a steady job despite his prodigious power. He hit a career low when the Rangers left him off their playoff roster in 2010. That’s why the Longview, Texas native was jumping on his bed with excitement when he learned the Orioles had traded for him in 2011. Confident in his practice routines and secure in his faith and his family, a more relaxed Davis leads the majors in home runs and is on pace to shatter the Orioles’ single-season record. | Read more >>

BORN: March 17, 1986, Longview, Texas

DRAFTED: Fifth round in 2006 by Texas Rangers; played baseball for Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas

ACQUIRED BY ORIOLES: In July 2011, along with teammate Tommy Hunter for reliever Koji Uehara and $2 million

PERSONAL: Wife, Jill; Parents, Lyn and Karen Davis.

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