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Rajai Davis | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rajai Davis hit a solo home run, providing the only run either team would score as the Tigers edged out a win over the Pirates on Wednesday.
Davis, who finished 1-for-4, hit a solo home run to left-center in the sixth inning against Francisco Liriano. It was a low offense affair, as the run accounted for all of the evening's scoring, and both teams combined for only seven hits. Davis has drawn five walks already but has otherwise not done much in 21 plate appearances, with Wednesday's home run marking the extent of his damage. Apr 15 - 10:11 PM

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Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single as the Tigers defeated the Pirates 2-0 on Tuesday.

Davis knocked in the only run that mattered, breaking a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a single off of A.J. Burnett. Davis has started each of the last four games and has stolen three bases already despite a mediocre .250 average.
Apr 14 - 10:23 PM

Rajai Davis is starting in center field for the Tigers in Monday's season-opener against the Twins.

Anthony Gose had been expected to open the 2015 season as the Tigers' primary center fielder, but the left-handed-hitter will be on the bench for this one against Twins righty Phil Hughes. Davis is batting leadoff for host Detroit. The full Opening Day lineup for the Tigers: Rajai Davis CF, Ian Kinsler 2B, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, J.D. Martinez RF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Alex Castellanos 3B, Alex Avila C, Jose Iglesias SS. David Price is pitching.
Apr 6 - 9:19 AM

Rajai Davis said Monday that he feels fully recovered from last year's groin injury.

He suffered the injury down the stretch last season and had to play through it in October. Davis has been doing preventative exercises all winter in an attempt to avoid something similar in 2015. If he's healthy, the 34-year-old outfielder should again be a solid source of stolen bases. Davis swiped 36 bases in 2014 and 45 bases in 2013.
Feb 16 - 3:47 PM

Rajai Davis (groin) said last week that he's "definitely healthy" but "definitely still working to where I expect to be."

Davis was hobbled by a groin ailment late in the regular season and in the playoffs. While the groin is healed, he's worked this winter on strength and flexibility in the area in hopes of preventing future injury. "It was a tough injury," he said. "But I'm thankful I was able to learn a lot through his process and learn how to strengthen the areas I need to strengthen and to help prevent it from ever happening again." Virtually all of Davis' fantasy value is derived from his legs, so it's certainly something to keep an eye on in spring training.
Jan 30 - 10:32 AM

Rajai Davis (groin) is not in the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS.

Davis was hoping a day off on Saturday would be enough to get him well enough to return to the lineup, but obviously that's not the case. He will be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Don Kelly is in center field Sunday in Davis' place.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Rajai Davis (groin) will be re-evaluated on Sunday before determining his status for Game 3.

Davis said Saturday that he fully expects to play on Sunday, but the colder weather expected in Detroit is expected to be a concern. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Don Kelly would likely start in center if Davis is unable to give it a go.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 02:16:00 PM

Rajai Davis (groin) said after Friday's game that he'll try to play in Game 3 on Sunday.

Davis had to be pulled from Friday's contest due to lingering soreness in his groin, but he insists that he'd feeling better each day. The off day Saturday will help, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to allow him to play Sunday. If he can't go, Ezequiel Carrera will get the call in center field.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Rajai Davis exited Friday's game versus the Orioles after aggravating his groin injury.

Davis simply didn't look healthy for the second straight day. The last straw was when he failed to get to second base on a ball hit down the line, as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus then lifted him for pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera. Davis seems unlikely to make another appearance this series.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 01:27:00 PM

Rajai Davis is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Davis' strained groin was still an issue during Thursday's game, but he tested things out in pre-game Friday and declared himself good to go. Whether he's feeling good enough to use by far his best asset -- his speed -- remains to be seen.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Rajai Davis will test out his injured groin before it's determined whether he can play Friday.

Davis started Thursday's Game 1 but was clearly playing at well less than 100 percent. He admitted that the ailment tightened up as the game went along and the weather cooled, though that might not be an issue during Friday's afternoon game. Ezequiel Carrera will get the call in center field if Davis can't go.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 09:42:00 AM

Rajai Davis (groin) thinks he'll be ready to play on Friday.

Davis started Thursday's game despite a groin injury, but he was noticeably gimpy before being removed late. While he expects to be ready to go for Game 2, it remains to be seen whether Davis will receive clearance from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and the team's training staff for the afternoon tilt. If Davis can't play, Ezequiel Carrera will get the call in center field.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Rajai Davis (groin) is in the Tigers' starting lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Orioles.

Davis suffered a Grade 1 groin strain less than a week ago, but he made it through a workout on Wednesday without issue and will start in center field on Thursday night in Baltimore. The full Detroit lineup: Ian Kinsler 2B, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, J.D. Martinez LF, Alex Avila C, Nick Castellanos 3B, Andrew Romine SS, Davis CF. Max Scherzer will be on the bump.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Rajai Davis (groin) is on the Tigers' ALDS roster.

That's not a surprise, but it still remains to be seen whether he can start in Game 1 on Thursday night in Baltimore. Davis suffered a Grade 1 groin strain last weekend. He ran and played catch Wednesday.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Rajai Davis (groin) did some running and played catch Wednesday.

Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain, but Jason Beck of writes that he seemed "upbeat" during Wednesday's workout. Still, the Tigers aren't expected to make a decision on his status for the ALDS until Thursday.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 03:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson