But after third baseman Manny Machado injured his right leg during an at-bat in the bottom of the third inning, Davis entered as a defensive replacement at third base to start the top of the fourth.
The left-handed-hitting Davis’ struggles this season have been well-documented, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he also wanted to get Steve Pearce a start. Pearce had started just once in August before Monday.
“I want to give Stevey some at-bats,” Showalter said. “He has been a little inactive here lately.”
Showalter blanched at the idea that Pearce, who was in a 4-for-36 heading into Monday, was struggling.
“You use the word struggle, but [that’s] compared to what he was doing. He was one of the best hitters in the American League for about a month and was a big reason we were able to shoulder some of the load,” Showalter said. “Steve will do the work to get back.
“It’s not like he’s not had any good at-bats. And he’s played the heck out of defense.”
Britton’s scoreless home streak comes to end
Closer Zach Britton said he wasn’t too upset that his club-record streak of 35 1/3 scoreless innings at Camden Yards was snapped in the ninth inning Sunday on a three-run homer by Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos.
“I didn’t even know about it until Sunday,” said Britton, who also tied teammate Brian Matusz for the longest streak of scoreless outings at home with 27. “I think it’d be cooler if I still had it.
“But, I mean, it is cool. I like pitching at home. I never even thought about it. It’s probably better that way.”
Around the horn
The Orioles appear to have no interest in bringing back second baseman Brian Roberts, who is a free agent after being released by the Yankees. … Country music star Lee Brice threw out the ceremonial first pitch to right-hander Tommy Hunter. Brice is performing Tuesday and Thursday in Virginia. … The Orioles entered play Monday with the best intra-division record in the AL (28-19 against the AL East) and second-best in the majors. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 32-18 versus the National League West. … The Orioles are 46-10 when they score first, the best winning percentage in the majors. The Yankees scored first Monday. … Six Orioles will sign the club’s pet calendar Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, 301 Stockholm Street. Fans must purchase the $15 calendar to get autographs. The proceeds go to BARCS. Those participating are Hardy, Hunter, Norris, David Lough, Chris Tillman and Matt Wieters. Fans attending the session can park for free at Lot D on the south side of M&T; Bank Stadium.