Davis making most of starting opportunity

Davis making most of starting opportunity

Davis making most of starting opportunity

BOSTON -- Rajai Davis has made the most of his opportunities this season, and with Melky Cabrera on the disabled list, he's doing the same with his chance to be the Blue Jays' everyday left fielder.

Since assuming the role on Friday, Davis reached base five times in eight plate appearances and was 3-for-6 entering Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox. He's also been a force on the basepaths, stealing two bases over the last four games and scoring a run.

The production shouldn't come as a surprise. Davis has been effective all season long. Heading into Sunday, Davis held a .314 batting average, a .354 on base percentage and had swiped 18 bags over 47 games.

The success made manager John Gibbons' decision to make him the starter in left field an easy one.

"We talked about some different options, but we thought, 'You know what? Raj has been swinging a little bit. Get him out there,'" Gibbons said. "I mean, he adds a different element. He gets on base and he can run wild."

Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.