A few off-day notes

Triple-A Norfolk infielder Blake Davis has been named the International League's Batter of the Week after he hit .565 with four RBIs, four runs scored and five multi-hit games.

Davis collected 13 hits in 23 at-bats. He had four hits Friday night against Charlotte.

Davis is batting .265/.313/.365 with 17 doubles, four triples, two homers and 32 RBIs in 93 games.

Jason Hammel threw in the bullpen this morning at Camden Yards and the results remain encouraging.

Hammel expects to take off a few days before getting back on the mound.

"I feel like we're making progress," he said yesterday. "I'd say I'm right on schedule. I was saying last week, Monday, it wasn't feeling too awesome. I was a little worried because it was moving slow, but then three days in a row it was boom, boom, boom - real good. No swelling or anything. It's definitely good."

Hammel just has to get past the "tentativeness," as he called it, of pushing off with his back leg.

Manny Machado spent part of the off-day working out at third base.

Apparently, it's "Left-handers Day," so here's to all the southpaws out there, including Wei-Yin Chen, who did some throwing in the outfield at Camden Yards.

Chen will start Tuesday night against the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series that concludes a long homestand. He's 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against Boston, both at Fenway Park, and is 5-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 home starts spanning 74 innings.

Chen won over teammates from his first day at spring training, and he remains a popular figure in the clubhouse. He was invited to participate in their Fantasy Football draft, though he knows little about the sport.

"He doesn't take himself too seriously," manager Buck Showalter said yesterday. "I think our guys broke the ice with him more than anything.

"He's a tough kid. If you want to hit somebody, he likes that stuff. We haven't done that, obviously."

Speaking of being hit, Adam Jones has been drilled 10 times, once more than last season and three short of his 2010 total. Teams pitch him inside and he's "pretty fearless," Showalter said, with a tendency to dive out over the plate.

Left-hander Zach Britton makes his first start tonight for Norfolk since being optioned following last Tuesday night's game. The Orioles need a starter on Saturday and Britton would be working on normal rest.

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