HAGERSTOWN -- Glenn Davis is getting closer and closer to re-joining the Baltimore Orioles.
The slugging first baseman took his first turn in the field last night for the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, handling the normal plays with no problems as the Suns defeated the Canton-Akron Indians, 4-3, in 10 innings.
And for the first time, he batted leadoff in the Suns' lineup to assure himself of more at-bats.
"I've come a long way," he said. "I've settled down and let the ball come to me. Tonight I felt my lower body being a little quieter, not rushing at the ball."
There is still no indication when he will play anywhere but Hagerstown, and Davis is not about to rush himself.
"I went longer in the field than I expected," he said. "It's good. I felt great in the field and felt that all the extra work I'd done paid off."
Davis deviated from his usual practice of immediately icing his shoulder area, instead signing autographs from the Suns' bullpen for about 20 minutes after he left the game.
His night ended when Doug Robbins pinch ran for him after Davis looped a single to right field to knock in the tying run in the seventh inning.
That at-bat was against Mike Walker, a right-hander who has spent some time with the Cleveland Indians.
Earlier, facing left-hander Grady Hall, Davis flied out to deep center field, grounded routinely to the second baseman and hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the fifth.
The 1-for-4 night left him 2-for-11 with two RBI during his three games with the Suns.
Davis is trying to blend in with the youngsters here.
"I don't mind coming down here," he said. "It reminds you of your past, things you tend to forget. I'm not here to big-league it. I don't put myself on a higher pedestal than these guys."
Second baseman Bill Ripken (rib-cage injury) was scheduled to play at Hagerstown as well, but decided against it after turning up a trifle sore after his appearance with the Class A Frederick Keys Monday night.
He adjusted his schedule and is supposed to play for Hagerstown tonight instead.