Davis in the lineup at first base

Davis in the lineup at first base

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers used their regular lineup minus the injured Josh Hamilton for Monday's opener to the final homestand of the regular season, a 7-5 loss to the Mariners. That included Chris Davis at first base, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being pinch-hit for by Jorge Cantu in the seventh inning.

It's not a signal that Davis will be on the playoff roster. Manager Ron Washington said club officials will meet on that topic in the next few days. Washington did say on Sunday he wanted to see Davis play this week, and the manager followed up by putting him in Monday's starting lineup.

The Rangers have two left-handed-hitting options at first base with Davis and rookie Mitch Moreland, who had been slumping before notching three hits, including two home runs, in Sunday's win in Oakland.

Davis, the club's Opening Day first baseman who eventually lost his job to Moreland, said before the game he has no idea what the plan is for the postseason, but he does want to be a part of it.

"It's definitely something I'm shooting for, but at the same time, I don't know how much of a reality it is," Davis said. "Mitch came up here and took over the first-base job after he was called up, and he was sent down. I know he's a guy that they like and have a lot of confidence in.

"I don't know what the plan is. I would think they're not going to mess with what was working. We'll see how this next week plays out and see what happens."

Davis gives the Rangers a superior defensive option at first base over Moreland, with Cantu locked in as the right-handed-hitting first baseman.

Davis, in his third stint this season, said he won't press during this final week.

"I don't think there's any pressure," Davis said. "The next week is basically for us to take a deep breath and let the starters get some rest. Try to gear up and getting ready for the playoffs."