Khris Davis joins the 40-homer club

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Athletics DH Khris Davis launched home runs No. 39 and 40 on Sunday afternoon, helping his club take down the AL West-leading Rangers 5-2.

Davis hit his first home run in the fourth inning against starter Colby Lewis, halving the Rangers’ lead to 2-1. He went yard again in the eighth against reliever Keone Kela, boosting the Athletics’ lead to 5-3. With Sunday’s results in the books, Davis is hitting .254/.309/.533 with 40 home runs and 99 RBI.

Each stat, aside from his on-base percentage, is a career-high in his three full seasons. The A’s have been pilloried for some of their trades in recent years, but they did well pulling Davis from the Brewers, giving up minor leaguers Bowdien Derby and Jacob Nottingham.

Davis is the fourth player this season to 40 home runs. Eight other players have between 35 and 39 home runs, giving them a pretty good chance of reaching the 40-homer threshold. The game hasn’t seen double-digit 40-homer hitters in the same season since 2006 (11).

This is only tangentially related, but before’s leaderboards updated, I noticed this coincidence:

Phils’ Hoskins tears knee, expected to miss significant time

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.

Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.

He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.

Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.

The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.