SEATTLE — Moved to the lower third of the batting order over the weekend, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had his most productive game hitting out of the No. 7 spot in the Orioles' 11-3 win over the Seattle Mariners Monday night at Safeco Field.
It's far too early to see the impact of Davis moving down in the order will do, but his first three-hit game since May 16 in Detroit offered signs of an improved approach.
Each of his hits on Monday went to separate parts of the field. In his first at bat of the night, Davis went the other way on a curveball from Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo and one-hopped it off the left-field wall.
His fifth-inning single off right-hander Casey Lawrence went to center field on a fastball on the outer part of the plate. He turned on a Lawrence fastball in the seventh for a single to right field. Those singles were hit at exit velocities of 100 mph of more.
After Davis' batting average dropped to a season-low .212 with an 0-for-4 night last Wednesday in Anaheim, Davis sat the first day in Oakland. He returned Friday batting seventh. Designated Mark Trumbo was also moved down into the sixth spot.
In four games in that spot, Davis is 6-for-16, hitting .375 with five RBI four strikeouts and two walks.
"I don't know about responding," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "What would you do? It's just like both of them have said to me, 'The other guys are outperforming.' It's that time of year.
"It doesn't matter to these guys that much," Showalter added. "One of the challenges is trying to figure out who's going to hit ninth every night because they all the ability to hit in different spots in the order. … As long as we keep our ego out of it, we can present some real challenges in the batting order."