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A's slugger Khris Davis discusses his consistent .247 batting average

A's slugger Khris Davis discusses his consistent .247 batting average

OAKLAND -- One thing synonymous with A's designated hitter Khris Davis -- well, besides home runs -- is the .247 batting average he cannot seem to escape.

For each of the last four seasons, the 31-year-old has finished the season with a .247 batting average. And at one point recently, this happened:

Of course it did. 

I was curious to know what he thinks of it all. Multiple members of the media have told me he would joke about it, but with all the hoopla surrounded around it, does he even care?

"I try not to think about it too much," Davis told NBC Sports California. "But it's kind of a weird coincidence, I suppose. No one's ever done it, so it's kind of a proud accomplishment."

"But at the same time, I wish it was higher," he laughed. "But at least it's consistent. It's just one of those weird things that's kind of fun to talk about."

He doesn't think about it when he goes up to the plate either ... at least he tries not to, he said. And with baseball being obsessed with the numbers game, he's liking the relationship between him and that number to a certain extent. 

"It's brought some conversation, but yeah I'm glad they know who I am."

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And they certainly do.

Davis signed a two-year, $33.5 million extension with the A's last week, keeping him in Oakland through the 2021 season. And as fun as the .247 average is, many, including him, are hoping he can finish with a higher average this season.

Why Rangers manager Chris Woodward likes A's chances in MLB playoffs

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Why Rangers manager Chris Woodward likes A's chances in MLB playoffs

OAKLAND -- Count Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward among those who believe in the Oakland A's this postseason.

Woodward had plenty of compliments for the Green and Gold ahead of Sunday's series finale, as reported by MLB.com's Martín Gallegos.

It certainly makes sense that Woodward is impressed by the A's. After all, Oakland has won 13 of 18 games against the Rangers this season, including the last seven. Through two games this weekend, the A's have outscored Texas 20-3.

Oakland is also playing its best baseball of the season at the right time. The A's have won 10 of their last 11 games and 15 of their last 18.

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Still, Oakland's path to a potential World Series will be treacherous. If they can get past the wild-card round, the A's will likely have to beat the Astros, Yankees, and Dodgers in succession.

But it's nice to know that Chris Woodward has faith.
 

A's vs. Rangers lineups: Tanner Roark looks for first win over Texas

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A's vs. Rangers lineups: Tanner Roark looks for first win over Texas

Although today is the final regular-season home game for the A’s, it likely won’t be the last time fans will get a chance to see Oakland play at the Coliseum.

With six games to go, the A’s are two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the Wild Card standings and would be in line to host the game if the season ended today.

Tanner Roark gets the start for Oakland. The right-hander never has beaten the Rangers despite maintaining an impressive 2.25 ERA in three starts vs. Texas.

Opposite Roark will be Lance Lynn, who has been dominant in 2019. Lynn is third among AL pitchers with 6.7 wins above replacement.

Coverage begins at 12:30 PT with A’s Pregame Live, available on NBC Sports California and streaming in the MyTeams App.

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Here are the lineups for A’s-Rangers:

Texas Rangers (74-81)
DH Shin-Soo Choo
3B Danny Santana
LF Willie Calhoun
RF Nomar Mazara
2B Rougned Odor 
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Ronald Guzman
CF Delino DeShields
C Jose Trevino

RHP Lance Lynn (14-11, 3.77 ERA)
 
Oakland A's (94-61)
SS Marcus Semien
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha 
LF Seth Brown 
DH Khris Davis
2B Jurickson Profar
C Sean Murphy
RF Robbie Grossman

RHP Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.12 ERA)