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“It’s a competitive game anyway,” Davis said. “Why not do it from within a little bit?”

Davis said that he spent the offseason in the weight room, and pronounced himself more ready for this season than any previous year. He also said that he’s already been throwing some bullpen sessions, giving him a head start on reporting for spring training.

“I’m definitely going in to start,” said Davis, who began last season in the rotation but was demoted to the bullpen when he proved ineffective. “Hopefully I get that opportunity.”