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, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis has become known as
Oakland’s other superstar “KD.”The Athletics slugger is having a special season
right next door to where Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a second
straight NBA championship two months ago.Davis is on such a home run streak, he
has considered the idea he might hit 50.It’s right within reach at the pace he’s
on after two straight 40-homer years in his first two seasons with the
Athletics.“It’s been on my mind for a little while,” Davis said. “It’s just
another number, another benchmark.”Yet he is far from concerned with his
individual total — because that will mean little if he doesn’t help Oakland end
a three-year postseason drought following last-place finishes in the AL West
each of the past three years.Davis leads the majors with 39 home runs and ranks
second in RBIs with 103 behind Boston’s J.D. Martinez.Davis is a big reason the
A’s are on such a remarkable roll in the second half: Oakland is 17-1-2 in its
past 20 series dating to June 15 and 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Astros
as the clubs begin a three-game series at defending World Series champion
Houston on Monday night.“He just wants to play baseball,” A’s pitcher Edwin
Jackson said. “You have a couple of those dudes sometimes that just want to go
out, don’t really like the attention, but they get it because it comes with the
job, but if they can go out and play and produce and do well without the
attention I’m sure they would prefer it.“It’s like a quiet storm, quiet storm.
Oh, man, it’s fun watching him doing what he does — it’s pretty fun watching him
put it all together, too. He’s a great person ,
a great teammate. I couldn’t be more happy for him, I wouldn’t wish it on a
better person.”What has been most impressive to many around him is how Davis
continues to make himself better each year, working the count and driving in
runs other ways.As his home runs and RBIs mount, Davis is even getting MVP
support from the A’s, even though he’s batting just .255 and primarily plays
designated hitter.“It’s special. Just appreciative and I try not to make it a
big deal,” Davis said.His unassuming, quiet demeanor reflects to teammates how
focused he is on being the best. Davis’ recent gesture to a boy in remission
from a rare cancer told them so much about his caring nature, too. On Aug. 20,
Davis had 10-year-old Anthony Slocumb sign his jersey , then hit a towering home
run that hit the window high above the elevated seats in left-center that night
against the Texas Rangers.“That’s who he is,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s
beloved by everybody in this clubhouse from the clubhouse kids to trainers, I
mean there isn’t a group here that he’s (not) endeared to. He doesn’t want to it
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, he just wants to be one of the guys.”Davis takes
more pride in being that positive example for teammates than he does in clearing
the fences — though that helps his credibility.“Just being a good teammate, and
if things aren’t going my way I’m still pulling for everybody,” Davis said. “I
just want the team to win all around. It’s been a trait since I was young.
That’s the reason why we play is to win the ballgame, not necessarily to do good
for ourselves but for the team.Melvin has credited Davis for becoming a more
all-around hitter, not just clobbering home runs.Davis received a $10.5 million,
one-year contract during the offseason, more than doubling his salary after he
beat the team in arbitration the previous winter.He hit a career-best 43 home
runs in 2017, connecting on the season’s final day to surpass the season high he
set the previous year for Oakland. The 30-year-old Davis needs one more homer to
join Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in Athletics history with
three straight 40-homer seasons.Davis’ 85 homers the past two seasons were
second in the majors only to Giancarlo Stanton’s 86.His teammates can’t always
believe what they’re seeing from Davis, which is why they’re pushing for his
inclusion in MVP talks.“He’s a joke. He hits balls that left-handed pull hitters
don’t hit to right field,” pitcher Brett Anderson said. “The ball comes off his
bat different than pretty much everyone I’ve ever seen. He should definitely be
in the equation because it’s fun to watch him on a daily basis. I’m glad I’m on
this side and not the other side.” NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder
Jacoby Ellsbury is out for the season after surgery on his left hip.The Yankees
said Tuesday that Ellsbury had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum the
previous day. The expected recovery time is about six months.The 34-year-old
Ellsbury has been out all season with a number of injuries, including an oblique
strain and sore back. The Yankees put him on the 60-day disabled list in
May.“They were trying to exhaust every other way to try and get him back and get
him right, but finally they decided surgery was the way to go Pete Rose
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Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.“Hopefully, this is something that gets him
right. He can start back on the mend. From what I understand, the six months
will put him in line for spring training,” he said.In 112 games last season,
Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 RBIs and seven home runs. Signed by the Yankees after
helping Boston win the 2013 World Series, Ellsbury is under contract with New
York through 2020.“Ultimately, I think it points back to the hip,” Boone said.
“Now that the surgery is behind us, it probably all started with the hip.”
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