10:39 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
If you thought Chris Davis was going to be a one-month wonder, he is serving notice that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with all season long.
Davis has hit three doubles in Friday night's game against the Minnesota Twins, including a couple of moonshots that banged off the wall at Target Field, to lead the Orioles back from a six-run deficit. He's raised his average to .317 by going 3-for-6 and continued to pile up the RBIs.
The most impressive thing about Davis this season is his ability to adjust to the situation. Last year, it seemed like he was just going up there to try and hit a home run. He's still got a big swing, but now he's dialing it back when he's down in the count and waiting for the opportunity to drive the ball into the power alleys.
He's much more disciplined and that is translating into more contact, which can only mean more home runs over the long run for a guy who is -- by just about any account -- one of the strongest men in the major leagues.
He wasn't the only guy to deliver on Friday night. J.J. Hardy has come out of his annual April funk and is hitting the ball with authority. Manny Machado looks like he's trying to work his way up to a higher league. Nick Markakis and Chris Dickerson also chimed in to help pull Jason Hammel off the hook after a difficult outing.
There's no question, however, that Davis is The Man right now.