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Orioles notes: Chris Davis eager to try hand at third base

The

Orioles

'

Chris Davis

, who just returned from a brief injury rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Bowie, was penciled in at third base on Tuesday's lineup card and says he's looking forward to playing a lot there over the final three weeks of the season.

"I played a lot of third in Texas," he said, "so it's no big deal. I played third [Monday in Bowie]. I feel pretty comfortable there. I think

Mark

[

Reynolds

] has done a great job at first base. I think they feel really comfortable with him there, so I'll be playing more third."

Davis' return to the hot corner, however, was delayed by the steady rain that fell on Yankee Stadium from morning till night Tuesday. The start of the game was delayed by more than four hours, and a light rain was still falling when the Yankees took the field at 11:08 p.m. The outcome of the game — or the fate of it — had not been determined by press time.

Davis wasn't complaining. He said he has been pleasantly surprised at how well his sore shoulder has responded during his stay on the disabled list.

"I was kind of surprised it felt as good as it did as early as it did," he said. "I went down to Florida for about a week, and after a few days of doing some exercises, it started to feel a little better. … With the season winding down, it's good to know that I can come back and play a few games before the offseason starts to hopefully try to get in a little groove."

Pitchers

Jeremy Accardo

and

Clap Rapada

and infielders

Josh Bell

and

Pedro Florimon Jr.

also joined the Orioles and were in the clubhouse waiting to see whether the rain would relent.

The non-DL roster moves did not become official until the game finally started. To make room on the 40-man roster for Accardo and Rapada, the Orioles designated veteran left-hander

Mark Hendrickson

and infielder

Blake Davis

for assignment.

Iron anniversary

Tuesday was the 16th anniversary of

's historic 2,131st consecutive game, a record that just about everyone agrees will never be broken.

"No. Never happen," Orioles manager

Buck Showalter

said. "I'm not real sure how it happened to start with. It's amazing. I love to listen to

Richie

[

Bancells

] — our trainer — tell stories about it. I look at the way I consider

Nicky

[

Markakis

] and

Adam Jones

and some of the people, and I can't imagine doing that for that length of time. It's amazing. It's as impressive a stat as any in sports for me. I don't think you'll ever see that approached."

On the subject of Sept. 6 anniversaries, Tuesday was also the 14th anniversary of

Eddie Murray

's 500th homer.

Schilling sighting

Boston Red Sox

postseason hero and former Oriole

Curt Schilling

stopped by the Orioles' clubhouse for a visit late Tuesday afternoon.

Schilling was dealt to the Orioles on July 30, 1988, along with

Brady Anderson

in the trade that sent

Mike Boddicker

to the Red Sox.

Anderson was also in the Orioles' clubhouse Tuesday when Schilling visited.

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