BALTIMORE —Suspended slugger Chris Davis won’t be playing in the AL Championship Series for the Baltimore Orioles.
Manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Davis will be omitted from the 25-man roster, which must be submitted on Friday morning before the Orioles host the Kansas City Royals in Game 1.
Davis was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball on Sept. 12 for testing positive for Adderall, a banned amphetamine.
His suspension included the final 17 games of the regular season and Baltimore’s three-game sweep of Detroit in the AL Division Series, meaning the first baseman has five games left to serve.
“We’re not going to play with 24 for five games,” Showalter said.
The only way Davis could play if the ALCS reaches six games is if he replaces an injured teammate on the roster.
Showalter said he would re-assess the situation if the Orioles advance to the World Series.
“If we’re fortunate enough to continue to play, then we’ll revisit it,” he said.
Orioles shortstop Hardy gets 3-year contract:J.J. Hardy signed a three-year contract with the Orioles on Thursday night, the eve of Baltimore’s first appearance in the AL Championship Series since 1997.
The contract comes with an option for 2018. Terms were not released. His current deal expires at the end of this season.
Hardy has been a fixture at shortstop for the Orioles since 2011, playing solid defense and providing decent hitting in a lineup filled with sluggers.
Although he hit only nine homers this season, Hardy totaled 77 long balls over the previous three years and won Gold Gloves in 2012 and 2013.
The 32-year-old Hardy batted .268 with 52 RBIs in 141 games during the regular season, then went 3 for 10 in Baltimore’s three-game sweep of Detroit in the AL Division Series.
In the field, he ranked second among AL shortstops with 99 double plays turned, was third in fielding percentage (.978) and assists (394), and fifth in putouts (187).
Hardy is a two-time All-Star, in 2007 with Milwaukee and last year as a member of the Orioles.
Team interviews 1st outside managerial candidate:The Texas Rangers have interviewed the first external candidate in their search for a new manager.
Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo met with the Rangers on Tuesday.
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple-A manager Steve Buechele interviewed last week.
The Rangers also plan to interview Tim Bogar, the bench coach who was 14-8 as interim manager after Ron Washington resigned for personal reasons Sept. 5. The Arizona Diamondbacks have also gotten permission to speak to Bogar about their managerial vacancy.
Texas previously announced Lovullo among five outside candidates. The others are Pittsburgh bench coach Jeff Banister, Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash, Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing and former major league player Alex Cora, now a manager and general manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
FS1 to air alternate telecast of NLCS Game 1:Fans will be able to watch an alternate telecast of Game 1 of the NL Championship Series focused on sabermetrics.
The main broadcast of Saturday’s opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will be on Fox. Cable channel Fox Sports 1 will also show it, with extended replays and statistical analysis of batter-pitcher matchups, umpiring tendencies and defensive shifts.
Kevin Burkhardt will call the game from the studio alongside Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski, Rob Neyer and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The broadcast will sometimes use a “double box” to show the commentators and live action at the same time.
FS1 will air the main coverage of five of the last six NLCS games, with Fox showing only a possible Game 6.
Alternate telecasts have recently become more popular for major sports events, such as ESPN’s multiple offerings during January’s BCS title game and Turner Sports’ “home team” announcers during the Final Four.