ARLINGTON, TEXAS — First baseman Chris Davis was not in the Orioles’ starting lineup for the finale of the four-game series against the Texas Rangers on Sunday after also sitting out Saturday night’s game.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Davis is “banged up a little bit,” but indicated that he would likely be back in the lineup when the O’s open their road series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
“We’re going to give him the benefit of another day and the off-day tomorrow,’’ Showalter said. “Hopefully, he’s back in the lineup on Tuesday. Just felt like he needed one more day."
Davis is one of the few remaining veterans who have not weighed in on the sweeping changes in the Orioles clubhouse. He has not made himself available to the media for several days.
Showalter was asked if he noticed any change in Davis as far as being more of a leader now that there are more young players on the team.
“I think Chris is more, right now, trying to get back into what Chris is capable of,’’ Showalter said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to take care of yourself first. I think Chris is focused on that. I think you’ll see some of those things settle in a little bit over the last month and three quarters.”
Trey Mancini started at first base for the second game in a row.
Jones gets a breather: Adam Jones also was not in the starting lineup, which is not unusual for a Sunday day game.
Jones had started the past 11 games, but got an unscheduled night off when the Orioles were rained out of their July 25 home game against the Boston Red Sox. He has hit safely in 12 of the 13 games since the All-Star break.
Joey Rickard took his place in center field. In the seventh inning Sunday, Jones replaced clean-up hitter Mark Trumbo and took over in center field while Rickard moved to Trumbo’s spot in right.
Showalter on Givens: Showalter made reference on Saturday night to the solid performance by reliever Mychal Givens, who has had an up-and-down season and had been scored upon in four of his previous six appearances.
Givens came on after rookie Paul Fry gave up a leadoff homer to Rougned Odor in the eighth inning. He needed just 13 pitches to retire all three batters he faced, striking out two.
So, was an adjustment made or did he just get back into a groove?
“He’s always making tweaks after every outing,’’ Showalter said. “You don’t just say ‘Que sera, sera’ and continue down that path. Being able to stay together mechanically over a long season … that’s why consistency is such an elusive thing sometimes for pitchers. There are so many things that can get out of whack.
“Because Mike’s stuff is so good, sometimes he can get away with the command not being there, but when he gets the command and the stuff he had last night and had for most of his career, it’s fun to watch. It’s really tough, and he’s not been able to get the ball where he wants to get it, so he’s just trying to stay a little more in his mechanics and it’s been harder for him this year.”