O's Davis receives award for April performance

O's Davis receives award for April performance

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis received his April American League Player of the Month award on the field before Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was on hand to help present the award and a check during the on-field ceremony.

Davis hit .348 with eight doubles, nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 27 games in April.

"For a power hitter, he's been pretty consistent so far," manager Buck Showalter said. "Defense and how he's handled the success that's come his way is the thing I'm most proud of. I think we all know, Chris, his contact-to-damage ratio is pretty good."

Davis received a specially engraved crystal trophy and an engraved watch from MLB.

In recognition of Davis' performance, the Orioles will donate $2,500 to Luke's Wings, a non-profit military organization dedicated to the support of current and former service members who have been wounded in battle. Luke's Wings provides families with the means to visit injured service members during their hospitalization and rehabilitation.

Davis also has pledged to donate $100 for every home run he hits this season to Luke's Wings.

The first baseman hasn't slowed down his offensive pace in May. In 88 at-bats entering Wednesday's game, the lefty was hitting .341 with eight home runs, 10 doubles and 19 RBIs.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.