ARLINGTON, Texas —
He didn't make the postseason cut in 2010 and was traded to the
On Friday, he'll play the first big league postseason game of his career in Arlington, but he'll be on the visitor's side.
"It's good to be back," said Davis, who still lives in Dallas and returned to
Drafted in the fifth round in 2006, Davis was expected to be the Rangers' first baseman of the future when he batted .285 with 17 homers in just 295 at-bats in 2008. But he was shuttled back and forth between the minors and majors in 2009 and 2010, never really establishing himself.
So, in the heat of a pennant race, the Rangers dealt Davis and pitcher
"We always thought Chris Davis had potential," Texas manager
Davis has received consistent at-bats with the Orioles this year — getting the opportunity to play through his cold streaks — and he responded with a team-high 33 homers, including longballs in six consecutive games this week.
"I think I kind of wore out my welcome in Texas, so to speak. I was doing everything I could to hang on, but once those guys signed [Adrian] Beltre and
Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds said it will take more than a painful left foot to keep him from playing in Friday's
Reynolds fouled a ball off a bone in his left big toe during the fifth inning of the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the
"No problem once you get under the lights and get a little adrenaline flowing," Reynolds said. "We know how important this game is and I'm sure all the pain will go away."
Reynolds limped around the visiting clubhouse Thursday with his foot wrapped. He landed on the disabled list with an oblique straight in May, but has played through biceps and hand injuries that were caused by being hit by pitches.
"This is nothing," Reynolds said, comparing this injury to others, "especially this time of year, [with] so much on the line."
Reynolds joked that he wasn't worried about the foot hampering his stolen-base attempts (he's 1 of 4 this season). And he added that he wouldn't be taking any pain-killers for it.
"I'll just tape it up and go," he said. "Just like the old days."
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