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Fastball command eluding Davis

Fastball command eluding Davis

ARLINGTON -- Wade Davis had his worst outing of the season Friday night when he lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. Rays manager Joe Maddon pointed to Davis' lack of fastball command as the root of his problems.

"It all starts with his delivery, it truly does," Maddon said. "His issues are not mental. It's not like he's over thinking it, it's not like he's afraid, it's none of that. His issues are mechanical.

"He's got to get to the point where he can repeat his delivery, and once he's able to repeat his delivery on a consistent basis, he'll be able to throw his fastball in and out or up and down when he wants to. That's what I see as the problem."

Davis didn't seem too flustered about what happened Friday night.

"I've had plenty of days like that," Davis said. "You don't get here unless you do. In a way, sometimes I'm glad when it happens, because it pushes me to another level mentally and physically between those next days before my next start.

"Usually, nine times out of 10, I bounce back really well. I wasn't frustrated about the outing. I'm more frustrated about having to wait five days to get back out there."

Davis noted that he has not suffered a loss of confidence in the aftermath of the bad start.

"I feel confident every time I go out there," Davis said. "I don't care if I've had 10 bad outings in a row. I always feel confident I'm going to go out there and do something really special."

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