Davis Strong Before Cancer Surgery

By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 1:03 AM CDT
Arizona Diamondbacks' Doug Davis throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Phoenix. For Davis it is his last start prior to having...   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – Doug Davis, pitching two days before his scheduled surgery for thyroid cancer, allowed two runs in six innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-5 Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Davis blanked the Dodgers through five innings before Jeff Kent doubled in two runs in the sixth.

The Arizona left-hander struck out the next two batters, then got Gary Bennett to ground out to get out of the jam. He left to a standing ovation, tipping his hat to the crowd, then coming out of the dugout for a curtain call as the ovation continued. Davis (1-1), a .070 career hitter, even singled twice, one them bringing in a run for his seventh RBI. He also picked off a runner at first.