Chris Davis on benching: “It’s probably because I’ve been sucking lately”

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is on the bench today and initially reports had him sitting out because of an oblique muscle injury, but he later cleared that up by saying:

Physically [I’m fine]. It’s probably because I’ve been sucking lately.

That’s better, I guess–and the Orioles are also facing a very tough left-hander in White Sox ace Chris Sale–although Davis has hit just .153 with 41 strikeouts in his last 25 games and his overall OPS this season is 255 points below last year’s mark.

Davis seeing a big decline in his numbers this season was to be expected, if only because 53 homers and 138 RBIs is a ridiculously good year for any hitter, but he actually got off to a very strong start with seven homers and an .894 OPS in 34 games through mid-May.

And now he’s on the bench in favor of journeyman Steve Pearce.

Video: Gleyber Torres slugs a home run in his fourth straight game

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Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres has a fun streak going right now: He’s homered in four straight games, becoming the youngest American League player to do so.

The historic knock arrived in the seventh inning of Friday’s series opener against the Angels. With two outs and the bases empty, Torres pounced on a 1-3 fastball from Jim Johnson and posted it to the right field bleachers for a go-ahead run:

It was just the Yankees’ second run of the night (the first having also been provided by Torres on an RBI single in the second inning), but the only one they needed to maintain an edge over the Angels.

Torres, 21, is off to a torrid start this season. Following Saturday’s 2-1 win, he now carries a .333/.393/.646 batting line, nine home runs and a 1.038 OPS through 106 plate appearances. In the past four games alone, he’s gone 7-for-15 with five homers (including a pair of solo shots, a two-run homer and three-run homer) and nine RBI. He’ll have to collect a home run in his next five games if he wants to set a new all-time record, however: Dale Long (1956 Pirates), Don Mattingly (1987 Yankees), and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993 Mariners) currently share the record for the longest home run-hitting streak, at eight games apiece.