Jay Bruce

As Orioles, Chris Davis search for answers, struggling slugger gets a day off to reset

As Orioles, Chris Davis search for answers, struggling slugger gets a day off to reset

As Chris Davis’ season-long struggles at the plate continued to spiral, the short-term solution Friday night was one the Orioles tried previously, giving the first baseman a day off to serve as a mental reset.

Manager Buck Showalter has shuffled Davis in the batting order, but only opportunities to lower Davis seem to follow. While Showalter said sitting Davis on Friday night in Toronto against J.A. Happ was merely giving him a day off against a left-handed starter — Davis started against Happ on April 9 in Baltimore — even the manager acknowledged the suggestion that the Orioles have begun to exhaust their attempts to help Davis find his way at the plate.

“That’s fair to say,...

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