OAKLAND, Calif. – Khris Davis asked a young fan of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, and then hit a powerful home run for the Oakland Athletics against the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
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Davis allowed Anthony Slocumb to print his name in blue ink in the player's white shirt, then put on his uniform to connect his 37th homer in the third inning. Slocumb was in the Colosseum with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Davis's shot was estimated at 438 feet. He did it against starter Bartolo Colón and hit him against a window on the level of suites in the left center field.
Davis went 4-for-4 in Monday's 9-0 victory and intends to spin his third season of 40 homers. He reached his personal record of 43 home runs in 2017, connecting on the last day of the year that he left behind his previous record that he established the previous season for Oakland. Davis, 30, is the only A's player, in addition to Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34, with consecutive seasons of 40 homers.
Davis's 85 homers in the last two seasons are the second best in the majors, second only to the 86 Giancarlo Stanton
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.