Davis starts in outfield for first time in bigs

Davis starts in outfield for first time in bigs

ATLANTA -- Chris Davis, who has split time between first base and designated hitter this season, made his Major League debut in the outfield in Friday night's series opener against the Braves.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted Davis has played the outfield in 54 Minor League games, though all but two have been in left field. Showalter said Davis told him he feels better in right field than left field.

"I'm not going to say outfield's the outfield, but his arm plays better in right field," Showalter said.

Davis played 17 games in left field last year in Double-A Round Rock when he was still a part of the Rangers organization. He last played right field in 2006 in short-season Class A Spokane.

Davis has served as the DH in each of the Orioles' last 11 games. But with Baltimore making the trip to Atlanta as a part of Interleague Play, Showalter is forced to be creative to keep Davis in the lineup. He is hitting .308 with 12 home runs this season.

"It's one of those things Interleague Play forces you to do," Showalter said. "When they're swinging the bat well you've got to figure out how to get them in the game.

"There's a lot of things you've got to do differently to adjust."