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Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rajai Davis hopes to have another postseason ride with Red Sox

Rajai Davis hopes to have another postseason ride with Red Sox

In Davis, the Red Sox get a veteran who smashed a game-tying homer for the Indians in the eighth inning of Game 7 of last year's World Series against Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman.

While Oakland has been having the kind of season that finally convinces a front office that it's actually time to rebuild, Davis - while not as productive as past years - has been much improved in the second half of the season, showing a bit more pop and a lot more production with the bat.

"With Jackie's injury, when we found out this morning, we picked up the phone and called [Athletics general manager] Billy Beane back today and moved it along at a quicker pace, because we had room on the roster for him", said Dombrowski.

"The atmosphere is just totally different in the playoffs", he said.

Rincones has spent the 2017 season with the Red Sox affiliate in the Domincan Summer League.

Davis, when asked if at age 36 he's amazed that he is still effective stealing bases, credited the work that he puts in on a daily basis. While the red Sox might not be World Series favorites, they're probably Davis' best shot to get a ring before hanging up his cleats. He returned previous year with one of the most dramatic home runs in World Series history.

"I grew up in CT, so I'm going close to home", said Davis. His thumb will be immobilized in a splint for five to seven days, according to manager John Farrell, after which he will begin range-of-motion and strengthening exercises.

"I'm extremely excited", Davis said. "I just can't get enough of them". Raj is a tremendous individual. "I've learned some things that just kind of help me, and I think my biggest thing is I got God on my side, he helps me stay young".

Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Davis had a major impact on the Athletics' clubhouse. "He had to deal with some tough circumstance with us not playing every day after starting to play every day". Something the Red Sox could use while JBJ is out of commission for a week or more. The 28-year-old went 1 for 9 in eight games for Boston this year.

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