MLB notebook: Orioles' All-Star Davis returns to native Texas

2013-07-20T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Orioles' All-Star Davis returns to native TexasThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ARLINGTON, Texas - The change of scenery was good for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, the Texas native who came up through the Rangers organization.

Nearly two years after being traded to the Orioles, Davis was back in Texas fresh off his first All-Star game and leading the majors with 37 home runs.

"I felt like there were a lot of obstacles to overcome here," Davis said before going 0 for 4 in Friday night's series opener in Texas. "As many times as I failed and kind of got labeled as an all-or-nothing guy, I think it would have been really hard to kind of reverse those opinions."

Davis, a fifth-round pick by Texas in the 2006 draft, split parts of four seasons between the Rangers and the minor leagues before being traded to Baltimore on July 30, 2011.

Davis played 266 games for Texas, hitting .248 with 42 homers and 124 RBIs. His 266th game with Baltimore came Friday night, and he was hitting .286 with 72 homers and 191 RBIs for the Orioles.

Jeter back on DL

BOSTON - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list Friday, knocking him out of the three-game series against the rival Red Sox - and beyond.

The Yankees placed their captain on the 15-day DL with a strained right quadriceps that he injured in his first game back last week after being out all season with a broken left ankle. Jeter rejected the possibility that he returned too soon from the injury he sustained in last year's playoffs.

"I don't think that's the case," he said. "I was ready to come back; I came back; I was running fine."

Inside pitch

• Reds reliever Sean Marshall had another setback in his comeback from a sore pitching shoulder, forcing him to cut back on his throwing program for a few days. Manager Dusty Baker said Marshall saw a doctor after he had a problem while throwing. The set-up specialist has been on the DL since May 24.

• The pitching-starved White Sox activated right-hander Jake Peavy from the DL and could be about a week away from getting right-handed set-up man Jesse Crain back as well.

• Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb, who sustained a concussion when he was hit in the head by a batted ball in June, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.

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