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Does Chris Davis really love to play right field?

Orioles slugger Chris Davis, left, visits with manager Buck Showalter during an informal spring training workout.
Orioles slugger Chris Davis, left, visits with manager Buck Showalter during an informal spring training workout. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said multiple times this spring that he plans to play Chris Davis in right field at times during the regular season, and said on Friday that Davis "loves" to play in the outfield.

"Chris might be as good a right fielder as we have here,'' Showalter said. "Chris can play third base. We're going to continue to have pieces to move around without hurting our defense."

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That makes perfect sense, but does Davis really "love" to play right field or is he just saying that because it's the right thing to say when your manager asks you whether you would like to get some work in at another position?

"I do,'' he said. "I got to play right when we were having a lot of success as a team and I actually played the (2012) playoff games against the Yankees in right field. Getting to be that close to the fans out there when you're kind of isolated and really getting to interact with them was a lot of fun for me. … I had a lot of fun and anything I can do to help this team be successful is what I'm going to do."

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Davis' feelings about third base a little more complicated, though.

"I like playing third … I don't love it," he said, "especially when you go over there if you're coming up behind Manny [Machado]. That guy makes so many ridiculous plays and makes it look so easy, you've got big shoes to fill.

"But I enjoy going over there and moving around and making throws. Last year, when I was struggling with the bat, I thought it was a position where I could go over there and pick my team up. I worked really hard at it. I enjoyed it, but my first love is first base."

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