OAKLAND Steve Pearce Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a mighty home run for the Oakland Athletics in a 9-0 win against the Texas Rangers on Monday night.Davis let 10-year-old Oakland sixth-grader Anthony Slocumb print his name in blue ink on Davis’ white jersey, then wore the uniform while hitting his 37th home run in the third inning. Slocumb, in remission from a rare cancer called Langerhans cell histiocytosis, was at the Coliseum with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Greater Bay Area chapter. His mother, Natalie Sanchez, was delighted by Davis’ gesture.“I thought about him around the bases. There’s not a better feeling than hitting a home run, so hopefully he got some excitement and joy from watching that,” Davis said. “They’re really the stars. … He was excited. I could tell that he was just happy to be here and wanted to have some fun. It was amazing, the look on his face.”Davis never considered switching uniform shirts, either.“I wanted to rock that. I wanted him to know that I was thinking about him,” Davis said. “He just told me I was his favorite and he was here to watch me play.”Davis gave Slocumb a highlight moment the boy will never forget.“I was down there with the other kids and then two other players came down and then he came down http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-aaron-loup-jersey ,” an overjoyed Slocumb said in an interview with The Associated Press outside the Coliseum. “So, I was like, ‘You’re my favorite player’ and he was like, ‘Cool.’ I said, ‘Can you sign my jersey?’ and then he said, ‘Sure, do you want to sign mine, too?’ And I was like, ‘Sure,’ so we basically signed each other’s jerseys. That’s what happened.”It was well worth being out late on a school night for Slocumb. He is in his second week of sixth grade at Claremont Middle School. While he wouldn’t mind if Davis gifted him the jersey, Davis thought it might be special to keep it or auction it off to help others in need.“There was a lot of emotion with those kids’ situations,” Davis said. “It’s the worst situation you can be in probably. I just wanted to put a smile on his face and thought maybe it would mean something if I had my jersey signed by him Matt Adams Jersey , so just to know what that feels like to be in my shoes for a split second. I’m just kind of at a loss for words really.”Davis’ shot was estimated at 438 feet. It came off starter Bartolo Colon and clanked off a window in the suite-level in left-center, a rare spot for home runs to reach here.“Wow, he’s awesome,” said Davis’ teammate, Ramon Laureano. “That’s so emotional, it’s so cool that he did that for that kid.”Davis is seeking a third straight 40-homer season. He hit a career-best 43 home runs in 2017, connecting on the last day of the year to best the season high he set the previous season for Oakland. The 30-year-old Davis is the only A’s player aside from Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 with consecutive 40-homer seasons.Davis’ 85 homers the past two seasons were second in the majors only to Giancarlo Stanton’s 86. The New York Yankees always seem to find their way into the headlines, especially around this time of year.They're in the thick of a playoff hunt and have 67 wins, putting them way ahead in the AL wild-card race.Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray has been the subject of some trade rumors as we approach the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and we'll explore the most recent news surrounding him.In addition to Gray, we'll look at two other players who could be on the move soon.Sonny Gray To Be Dealt?Overall, the Yankees have a solid rotation as we approach the postseason.However http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-kevin-long-jersey , one of the weaker links is Gray, who has a 5.08 ERA.According to Jon Heyman ofFancred,it's believed there is a bit of interest in Gray as "there are folks who believe he'd do better in another market":Jon Heyman JonHeymanThere鈥檚 said to be a bit of interest in Sonny Gray in trade, as there are folks who believe he鈥檇 do better in another market. But Yanks鈥?main interest is in adding to rotation, not subtracting from it.Heyman noted, though, that the Yankees are looking to add to the rotation and not subtractfrom it.However, since this report, the Yankees have added J.A. Happ, making Gray more expendable.For whatever reason, it just isn't working out for Gray in pinstripes this season. Maybe there is some validity to him doing better elsewhere.It would be hard for Gray to netsome major assets with his stats, but it would certainly be better than nothing. Kela Interest PiquingWith 24 saves under his belt http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-joaquin-benoit-jersey , Texas Rangers pitcher Keone Kela is a prime candidate for contending teams seeking bullpen help.At just 25 years of age and under team control through 2021, Kela is a valuable asset for a team to have, not only for this year but for years to come.According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are interested in gaining his services.As Sullivan noted, Kela would net a larger return than any player they could possibly trade at this point in time.In this same report, Sullivan said that the Rangers are interested in Braves prospect Luiz Gohara.For the Dodgers, a back end of a bullpen with Kela and Kenley Jansen would be devastating as you can almost assure that two innings would be totally blanked.All signs point to Kela being dealt come the deadline, considering the interest.Gohara Being Dealt at Right PriceThough the Rangers may be interested in someone like Gohara for Kela, he's not the type of player they would trade him for.The 21-year-old left-handed pitching prospect would only be traded for a "controllable starter," according to Ken Rosenthal ofThe Athletic:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalIf #Braves trade Gohara, Allard or any of their SP prospects, it will be for a controllable starter such as Archer and not bullpen help Ryan Zimmerman Jersey , sources say. So, not interested in a Gohara for Kela-Diekman type deal.One player Rosenthal mentioned specifically is Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer, who has been the subject of a number of rumors.Kela may be an excellent asset to have, but for a player like Gohara, you can understand why the Braves would only want to deal him for a top-end starter to help out their rotation.So, as Rosenthal stated, do not expect a Kela-Jake Diekman for Gohara trade to go down any time soon.Gohara has had a rough go of it in 2018, with a collective ERA of near 6.00 across AA, AAA and the big leagues.
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