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Chris Davis: 'I don't want to do that again'

BALTIMORE -- If Sunday at Fenway Park is former Texas Ranger Chris Davis' only two innings on a major league mound, that's fine with him.

"It was a lot of fun, but in all honesty I don't ever want to do that again," Davis said. "I'm glad we got the win."

Davis pitched two scoreless innings in the Orioles' 9-6 victory in 17 innings over the Red Sox. Davis became the first position player in the American League to earn the win since 1968 (Rocky Colavito, New York Yankees).

Davis said he got about 60 text messages after the game from friends and family.

"They were giving me a hard time about how I should have been pitching this whole time," Davis said. "Everybody told me they were proud of the way I hung in there and how the team won the game."

Davis pitched and played shortstop in high school and he was a closer in junior college. He said he didn't close many games because his JUCO team won many games by large margins.

"I was trying to throw strikes," Davis said. "I wanted to give us a chance to go in there, get a few runs and hopefully win a game. When we got the home run from Adam [Jones], I came back out there trying to throw strikes and trying to use my body so my arm didn't fall off. It worked out."

He said he took something off his fastball a few times and threw a changeup to former Rangers teammate Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was one of Davis' strikeout victims. Davis said he touched 91 mph at one point.

"Every time I threw a pitch, I was turning around checking the gun," Davis said. "It's funny because position players think they can pitch and pitchers think they can hit. It's something I never want to do again.

"It's not something I picture myself doing. It's a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of mental focus and it takes a lot out of you. After I threw the first inning, I went back and sat on the bench and I wasn't even thinking about hitting and then of course I come up that inning. We always respect what other guys do in this game, whether you're a position player or pitcher. But I have a whole new respect for pitchers now and a whole different perspective on what it takes to go out there and do that."

Davis said his pitching performance showed that the team has players that can handle a variety of roles.

"Like I've said, we have a lot of different guys on this team that can do a lot of different things," Davis said. "We don't take who gets it done, as long as we get it done and we win games."

Davis spoke highly of the Rangers, saying the fact that he's playing in Baltimore with former Texas players Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day, Pedro Strop, Endy Chavez and Taylor Teagarden (on the DL) shows the depth of the organization.

O'Day joked that Davis was going to sit in on the pitchers' meetings from now on.

"Just in case," O'Day said.