ARLINGTON -- Manager Joe Maddon opted to remove Wade Davis from the rotation in part because he felt Davis would air out his fastball a little more in the bullpen and would be more resilient than Game 1 starter Matt Moore.
"I like the idea of Wade Davis being in the bullpen, because of the [Rangers'] predominant right-handed lineup," Maddon said. "This gives us a chance to use Wade on more than one occasion, and the thought of putting Wade in the bullpen always intrigued me."
"This is a good ballclub," said Davis. "The have a lot of righties. Any chance I can contribute I'm fine with."
Davis said there was no getting over any feelings of disappointment.
"I think at this point right now, we just want to win," Davis said. "I knew what it was coming down to and they were going to make a decision. I'm happy with it, and I'm going to go do what I've got to do out there."
Although he has been a starter his entire career, he did pitch out of the Rays' bullpen five times over the past four years during Spring Training.
"Take the same approach, go out there and try to get guys out," Davis said.
"I think I'll be able to go a little harder, but at the same time, keep it under control. Everything should be good."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.