6/23/2014 11:30 P.M. ET
Davis starts on bench, ends in celebratory pile
By Ben Standig / Special to MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis wasn't in the Orioles' starting lineup for Monday's opener of an 11-game homestand against the White Sox. The slumping and frustrated slugger understood why.
With Chicago starting lefty ace Chris Sale, manager Buck Showalter replaced Davis at first with Steve Pearce. Delmon Young entered the lineup in left field.
Asked pregame if any ailments led to the benching, Davis said, "Physically, no. It's because I've been sucking."
How quickly times can change.
On a night when the Orioles were unable to capitalize on multiple scoring chances -- they left 10 men on base -- Davis was summoned to pinch-hit in the ninth inning with his team trailing, 4-3, and runners on first and second.
After working the count full against White Sox closer Ronald Belisario, Davis got a breaking ball and belted it well over the right-field wall for a three-run, walk-off homer to give the Orioles a stirring 6-4 come-from-behind win.
Suddenly, the woes that were plaguing Davis this month -- he entered Monday batting just .186 in June -- seemed a bit further in the rearview.
"It's good. Any time you're able to deliver and come through for your team, it's big," Davis said. "Like I said earlier today, I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track, doing everything I can and just knowing that as long as I continue to work, the results would be there."
In giving Davis the reprieve, Showalter had also wanted to get Young's bat in the lineup.
Young had received only one at-bat since his previous start on June 15, hitting a pinch-hit home run on June 16.
"About 90 percent of the [lineup change] is Delmon Young," Showalter said before the game. "I need to get Delmon in a ballgame. I am not going to let him sit around."
Young made his manager look good, going 3-for-4 with a double before giving way to Davis in the ninth.
Norris day to day, expects to make next start
BALTIMORE -- Though his previous outing ended early due to a right groin injury, Bud Norris anticipates making his next scheduled start. Orioles manager Buck Showalter concurred, whenever that next start might be.
"Right now, I have [Norris] scheduled to pitch the second game of the doubleheader on Friday. If not, it will be Saturday. If not, it will be Sunday. If not, it will be Monday."
In other words, this is what you call a day-to-day situation. For now, pencil in Norris, who will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kevin Gausman is scheduled to start the first game on Friday.
However, the Orioles have a day off on Thursday. Chris Tillman, who pitched seven shutout innings in Baltimore's 8-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday, could take Norris' spot Friday if needed.
"Because of the off-day and the potential of Kevin coming back, we have a lot of options to push [Norris] back if needed."
Norris went five innings vs. the Yankees on Saturday, allowing one run on three hits for his fourth win in as many starts. Overall he is 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA.
• The Orioles anticipate a decision on Manny Machado's suspension by the end of the week, Showalter said. Machado appealed his five-game suspension by Major League Baseball for throwing his bat against the Oakland A's on June 8.
• Gausman, who threw 23 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, will next head to Double-A Bowie. The righty is expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. Gausman is scheduled to pitch Game 1 of Baltimore's Friday doubleheader versus Tampa Bay.
"I'm going to keep him within helicopter distance," Showalter cracked, alluding to Norfolk's road trip to Pawtucket, R.I., this week.
• Outfielder Francisco Peguero was outrighted to Norfolk after clearing waivers. Peguero, 26, completed his injury rehab assignment.
• Top prospect Dylan Bundy will make his third start Friday for Class A short-season Aberdeen. From there he could change spots, with Class A Advanced Frederick an option.
• Right-hander Suk Min-Yoon was placed on the Minor League disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.