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Khris Davis continues to punish A's opponents for pitching to him

Khris Davis continues to punish A's opponents for pitching to him

OAKLAND -- You'd think teams would have learned to stop pitching to Khris Davis by now.

All the A's slugger has done the last three years is lead Major League Baseball in home runs with 133. He's coming off a career-high 48 homers last season, and that also led baseball.

For some reason, teams keep giving Davis pitches to hit. He just keeps depositing them in the seats.

The 31-year-old belted his fourth home run of the young season in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Angels, tying him for the major league lead.

"I hope they don't [stop pitching to him]," A's manager Bob Melvin said with a smile. "We do have some significant hitters behind him. (Matt Olson) is usually behind him, (Kendrys) Morales now."

Davis finished this weekend's series with three home runs in four games. His power display included a monstrous shot into the Coliseum's upper deck in Thursday's home opener, leaving even his own manager incredulous.

"I can't remember the last time I saw one go in the upper deck in left field," Melvin marveled. "He's been here for a few years, and I don't even think he's hit one up there. That's not an easy place to go."

Said Davis: "I don't usually even go [to left field], but it just happened. It was a good pitch, and I put a good swing on it."

Davis' teammates admit they have almost become spoiled watching him wreak havoc on the rest of the league.

"It seems like he does it every day," pitcher Mike Fiers said.

"That's what he does," shortstop Marcus Semien added. "He's got power to all fields."

Yet through it all, Davis remains humble and motivated. After Thursday's mammoth home run, he was asked if he impressed himself.

"I don't know," he responded. "I try to impress myself."

Keep in mind, Davis is doing this despite missing the majority of spring training with a calf strain. Even though he's healthy now, it would take a normal hitter longer to regain his timing.

But Davis is no normal hitter.

"I feel healthy," he said. "I'm feeling good. I'm feeling more comfortable."

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"A lot of guys don't know where to pitch him," Semien explained. "You try to pitch him up, you try to throw breaking balls, he's on that. It's good to watch him hit to all fields, but he's pulling homers now, too, which is great."  

Great for the A's? Yes. For opposing pitchers? Not so much.

A's make 'biggest dream' come true for 12-year-old with cerebral palsy

A's make 'biggest dream' come true for 12-year-old with cerebral palsy

OAKLAND -- Dominic Banister has overcome more adversity in his 12 years than most people do in a lifetime.

Dominic has cerebral palsy, which has forced him to undergo 27 surgeries. But that hasn't stopped him from following his passion for baseball.

A die-hard A's fan, Dominic got to live out a lifelong dream when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Coliseum prior to Sunday's game between the A's and Angels.

Three weeks earlier, Dominic's uncle Jake Souza had tweeted a video of Dom taking a swing off a tee. The tweet quickly went viral and Souza decided to tag the A's to see if they could make a ceremonial first pitch a reality. It didn't take long for him to hear back.

"I knew his biggest dream was to throw out the first pitch," Souza said. "So I tagged the A's to see if we could make that possible. Within two hours, (A's president) Dave Kaval said yes and he bought him a suite with all of his friends. Dominic is going to have the best day of his life, thanks to Dave and the A's."

Said Kaval: "(Dominic) is just a huge A's fan. I was like, we've got to get on that immediately. We've got to get you out early in the season. We've got to make sure we can make that dream come true."

Dominic rode on a party bus from his home in Sacramento with a group of about 100 people. Wearing an autographed Matt Chapman jersey, he threw out the first pitch to Oakland bench coach Ryan Christenson, then proceeded to meet A's players and coaches in the dugout.

"It's crazy," Dominic said. "I get to see both my favorite players: Matt Chapman and Mike Trout."

"It's surreal for me," said Dominic's mother Raquel. "I'm very proud of him and I love my brother (Jake) for this, and of course the A's too. We're just excited to be here. I'm so excited to watch this. It's a big moment for him."

Dominic's initial video on Twitter inspired thousands of people, most of them complete strangers, to like and retweet the post. Kaval and the A's organization were clearly inspired as well.

"The resiliency, perseverance, and courage that he has as a young boy is something we can all learn from," Kaval said. "We're very happy that baseball can be a vehicle to celebrate a person like that and learn from the inspiration."

Added Souza: "He was told he wasn't supposed to walk. The fact that he's going to be on a major league mound, something not a lot of people get to do, that's a goal in itself."

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That goal is now accomplished.

A's vs. Angels live stream: How to watch MLB game online and on MyTeams

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A's vs. Angels live stream: How to watch MLB game online and on MyTeams

The A's will host the Angels in the finale of the four-game series Sunday, with Frankie Montas starting on the mound for the Green and Gold.

Montas boasted a 3.88 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 11 starts and 13 appearances last season.

He and the A's will go up against Angels left-handed Tyler Skaggs. And the bad news for Skaggs is the A's are very successful against the lefty. Across his career, A's bats hit a .272 average off him with eight home runs. Still, he's somewhat successful in Oakland, boasting a 3.21 ERA in six starts.

After getting a start in center field Saturday, Mark Canha will be at first base in place of injured Matt Olson.

Here's how you can watch A's vs. Angels on NBC Sports California and streaming online.

When: Sunday, March 31, at 1:07 p.m. PT (pregame at 12:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports California
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app