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08/23/09 8:36 PM ET

Davis returning to Texas for stretch run

Rangers expected to recall slugger, start him at first base

The Rangers are expected to call up first baseman Chris Davis and add him to the roster when they open a three-game series with the Yankees in New York on Tuesday.

Davis is expected to play regularly at first base, meaning Hank Blalock would platoon at designated hitter or simply be a bat off the bench. Blalock is hitting .180 with a .204 on-base percentage and a .337 slugging percentage in the month of August.

Davis is hitting .327 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 44 games and 165 at-bats since being sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City at the end of June. He has a .418 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage.

The Rangers would have to make a corresponding roster move to make room for Davis, but he is coming back to the Major Leagues for the stretch run, and manager Ron Washington made it clear that he will be used at first base.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.