Davis returns to Orioles lineup

ATLANTA - Chris Davis’ streak of missed games ends at eight tonight as he returns to the lineup and first base for the Orioles’ series opener against the Braves.

sidebar-Chris-Davis-Hr-grey.jpgDavis hasn’t played since June 11 against the Red Sox, when he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts to lower his average to .150. He’s 3-for-27 with 14 strikeouts this month.

Manager Buck Showalter is batting Davis seventh against Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb. Craig Gentry is leading off and playing left field while Trey Mancini stays on the bench.

Mancini sat out last night’s game in D.C. with neck stiffness.

Mark Trumbo has homered in back-to-back games and in three of the last four. He’s the right fielder and cleanup hitter tonight.

Jace Peterson has hit safely in six of his last eight games with a plate appearance, batting .320 (8-for-25) during that stretch. But Danny Valencia gets the start at third base against a southpaw.

Alex Cobb has made one career start against the Braves, allowing two runs over seven innings back in 2012 while pitching for the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Former Oriole Nick Markakis is 5-for-18 (.278) with a double against Cobb. Another former Oriole, Ryan Flaherty, is 3-for-9.

For the Orioles
Craig Gentry LF
Adam Jones CF
Manny Machado SS
Mark Trumbo RF
Danny Valencia 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Chris Davis 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Alex Cobb RHP

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