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Orioles making an early effort to sign Chris Davis

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The Orioles are making an early effort to sign 1B/OF Chris Davis, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Heyman notes that it’s hard to imagine Davis would agree to a deal before hitting free agency.

Davis, 29, rebounded from a disappointing 2014 season, batting .262/.361/.562 with 47 home runs (leading the majors) and 117 RBI in 670 plate appearances. He will be one of the better-hitting free agents and will likely be able to pursue a hefty multi-year contract, which might force the Orioles out of the conversation.

The Orioles acquired Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Rangers in a July 2011 trade that sent reliever Koji Uehara to Texas.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.