Davis' lack of focus costs Blue Jays

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 PM ET

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Apparently there’s a lot of stuff going on inside Rajai Davis’ head.

What it is isn’t exactly clear, but the Blue Jays centre fielder said that his dropped ball in the fourth inning that led to two unearned runs in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday wasn’t the result of the sun, or his dodgy right ankle as much as it was a lack of focus.

Say what?

“Just lack of focus,” Davis said when asked about the routine fly that he dropped with one on and nobody out. “I was thinking about too much and I’ve just got to go out there and focus on the game. It’s tough when you’ve got other things that are bothering you but it’s MLB (Major League Baseball) and we have to make the adjustment.”

He was asked if he was referring to his ankle bothering him?

“There’s a lot of things going on,” Davis replied. “There’s ah .... you’ve just got to focus on all those things happening and make the play.”

What does he mean by focus?

“Focus on the play, focus on what’s going on instead of other things,” he replied. “When you’re on defence, keep your mind on defence.”

One inning after the drop, Davis came out of the game and that caused Travis Snider to move to centre for the first time in his career with Jayson Nix switching from third to left and John McDonald coming into the game to play third.

“I think it was a mutual decision,” Davis said of him coming out of the game. “He (John Farrell) could see how I was running out there. I wasn’t running at 100%. It was tough.

“I think just with some rest and ice it will help it heal a little better.”

After the game Farrell said that they were going to give Davis about three days of rest to get the ankle problem behind him. On Monday, Corey Patterson will arrive in Seattle to play centre field following a stint on the disabled list.

He said, he said

Torii Hunter on his bonehead base running in the 13th inning of Saturday’s 6-5 Angels’ victory: “I can’t even explain what happened. I haven’t done that since I was a youngster. It was terrible. No excuses.” ... Jays manager Farrell on how they got league permission to get Yunel Escobar, who had missed the past two games due to a minor concussion, into Saturday’s game: “We had submitted the necessary paperwork (to MLB headquarters in New York) after the early work yesterday. We received a notice back in the later portion of the game that he was cleared. I asked in the top of the 10th inning, I asked George (Poulis, Jays trainer) to call the league again (Dr. Gary Green, medical director of MLB) to see if he’s available tonight and the call came back that yes he was available.”

Best game ever

The best player on the field by a mile in Saturday’s game was Jays shortstop McDonald. He was 3-for-5 at the plate with two walks. In the field he was dazzling as he was in the middle of five double plays, twice making sliding grabs and perfect feeds to Aaron Hill. He also made two excellent plays deep in the hole and was bang on with all his throws to first.

“I asked him this morning: ‘How does that rank up there?’ and his response was had we gotten the win it might have been the best game he ever played,” Farrell said Sunday. “But my gosh, from sliding double plays to three base hits, two walks, a couple runs scored, it was an outstanding game all around.

“If we can separate the outcome and the disappointment of a tough loss, that was a great game last night on so many fronts. We executed very well defensively at critical points in the game and we never backed away, we never gave up.”

McDonald, as is his wont, put the spotlight on the team.

“I would have been a lot more proud of myself if we had won,” McDonald said. “I felt real comfortable out there and I think a lot of that is the sense of our team, the sense that we feel like we expect to win every game. We have some high expectations here and I think that’s raising everybody’s level of play.”


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