OAKLAND — A’s outfielder Khris Davis has been baseball’s most prolific masher over the past two seasons.
Davis has 72 home runs since the start of 2016, most in MLB over that span. The closest to Davis is Seattle’s Nelson Cruz with 67. Davis crushed his 30th home run of the season Tuesday night, and like most of his home runs are, it was a no-doubter to right field.
Manager Bob Melvin is no longer surprised with Davis’ ability to hit those mammoth opposite-field shots, but he still finds himself admiring it.
“Those are the ones that are probably most impressive,” Melvin said. “He hit one last year in Texas right down the right-field line about 25 rows up. You just don’t see that.”
Tuesday’s home run off Mariners pitcher Ariel Miranda also guaranteed Davis 30 home runs for a second consecutive season.
“He continues to do it. He’s not a guy that says, ‘I gotta hit X amount of home runs,’ ” Melvin said. “What he’s trying to do on a particular day is come to the ballpark and put good swings on the baseball. His numbers are very impressive.”
— Josh Phegley has made improvements as he continues to recover from an oblique injury. Phegley will begin to take batting practce in the next few days, with a rehab assignment possible in a week or so.
— The A’s nearly used up their entire bullpen in Tuesday night’s 7-6, 10-inning loss, but long-relief man Chris Smith was still available. There was no concern about potentially using a position player on the mound, but should that situation ever come up, Melvin said Chad Pinder would probably be the emergency pitcher.
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