BALTIMORE – Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is approaching a record streak for uselessness.
Davis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 15-3 loss to the New York Yankees. He's 0 of 23 with 13 strikeouts this season and has no hits in 44 at-bats since a double in the second inning against Chicago Shields of the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 14.
Davis is two steps from a player's record of consecutive at-bats without hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez was hitless in his last 46 at-bats of the 2011 season, one more than the previous mark shared by Bill Bergen (1909) of Pittsburgh, Dave Campbell of San Diego and St. Louis (1973) and Craig of Milwaukee Counselor (early 2011).
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has tried to stay positive with Davis, who has two RBIs, on a base with bases and a fielder's choice of a fielder. Most of the Orioles' lineup was Sunday against left-hander Domingo German, who allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in more than six innings.
"I have not talked to him about that since then, but he faces a tough southpaw there," Hyde said. "I hope he feels like he's making progress, he got a couple of decent pbades on those flying balls, it just did not happen."
Davis is in the fourth season of a seven-year, $ 161 million contract.
He hit .168 last year, the worst batting average in major league history for a qualified player, with 16 homers, 49 RBIs and an OPS of .539.
Davis has been booed after punches at Camden Yards.
"I understand the frustration," Davis said after the first home game on Thursday. "Nobody is more frustrated than me, especially on a day like today, the kind of game we were playing in. It was a frustrating day for me and the team as a whole, but you have to keep going."