Wash: Davis-Uehara trade win-win

July, 8, 2013
7/08/13
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BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Rangers will see some old friends during this four-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards. Tommy Hunter, Scott Feldman and Darren O'Day all played with Texas earlier in their careers, but there’s one player the Rangers may remember better than most.

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Chris Davis came to Baltimore with Hunter in the July 30, 2011 deal for Orioles reliever Koji Uehara and cash. Davis hit 42 homers in 266 games with the Rangers but never broke through.

He played parts of four seasons with the Rangers, but everything changed when Davis came to Baltimore. Last year, Davis belted 33 homers and had 85 RBIs in 139 games. He’s got the same numbers already this year after only 88 games -- and earned an All-Star berth.

Rangers manager Ron Washington didn’t sound all that surprised with the success Davis has found with the Orioles.

“Right now, that guy is really, really, really swinging the bat,” Washington said. “I know who this Chris Davis is -- that’s the Chris Davis that was in Triple-A, kicking ass. He didn’t show up until he came to Baltimore. He just finally figured it out.”

Washington said the Rangers needed to make that move two years ago to get Uehara, who helped their bullpen push the team to a World Series berth.

“We ended up going to the World Series, and it took Chris a couple years here to find himself,” Washington said. “This year, he found it. If we’d have kept him for six years, we’d have had that Chris Davis, but we needed to get the pieces [Baltimore] gave to us, and Chris Davis was in it. Baltimore won that one. We did, too, because ... Uehara did a good job for us too.”

Choices: Washington and the Rangers still haven’t decided on Wednesday’s starter for the third game of this series, but he said it’s going to be either Josh Lindblom or Ross Wolf.

“It’s between those two, “Washington said. “Just got to see if we need to use [them] before we do that. [We’ll] see how tonight’s game goes and then you’ll have that decision.”

Lindblom is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He’s started twice and pitched three times in relief. Wolf is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

Washington said he’s got no qualms starting either pitcher. The starter will go against Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles, making his return after close to two months on the disabled list due to a right oblique strain.

No celebration: Reliever Cory Burns didn't do anything crazy after getting his first major league win Sunday.

He threw one inning of scoreless relief in the win over Houston and earned the victory. Joe Nathan gave him the ball, and Burns also got a couple of other balls. His fiancee and family were in attendance.

But he just smiled when asked if there was a big celebration.

"Got on an airplane and came [to Baltimore]," he said. "As far as baseball's concerned, that day is over."

This and that: Washington said that Joakim Soria is available Monday after pitching Sunday and that the Rangers won't mind using him in back-to-back games. Soria made his first appearance since Sept. 11, 2011 on Sunday after missing 2012 following Tommy John surgery. ... The Rangers and Orioles play seven games this season, and all will be in the next two weeks. The Rangers have a 10-2 record again the Orioles in the last two seasons, but Baltimore won the wild-card playoff last year in Texas.

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