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Laureano heating up at plate, sticking in lineup

Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu/AP)
August 21, 2018

OAKLAND -- Budding A's fan favorite Ramon Laureano is becoming a lineup mainstay for baseball's hottest team.The rookie outfielder drew another start in center field in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rangers after belting the first two homers of his big league career in Monday's series-opening win over the Rangers.

OAKLAND -- Budding A's fan favorite Ramon Laureano is becoming a lineup mainstay for baseball's hottest team.
The rookie outfielder drew another start in center field in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rangers after belting the first two homers of his big league career in Monday's series-opening win over the Rangers. Laureano has 11 hits in his first 13 games since being promoted Aug. 3.
Laureano quickly endeared himself to A's fans with an awe-inspiring arm and overall aggressive, acrobatic defense, then gave them even more to cheer about with an impressive power display Monday.
"We knew that was there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That club is definitely in his bag. It came out last night, and to do it to right-center and hit it as far as he did to left on a cold night shows you a little about his power.
"We saw the athletic ability in Spring Training, and you're seeing it incrementally up to this point. He's got an entire game. There are literally five tools in his bag."

Laureano's center-field counterpart, Mark Canha, has slowed at the plate this month, recording only five hits in 40 at-bats in August entering Tuesday. His average has dropped from .264 to .247.
Melvin said the plan is for Canha to make a start in left field in Wednesday's series finale against Rangers lefty Mike Minor.
"We're just trying to play the best lineup we can each day, and that's been pretty consistent with what we do," Melvin said. "Mark will heat back up again. He's been a big part of this team, and he's also versatile in positions he can play, so he'll find his way in there.
"Maybe just expanding a little bit at times. He's been pretty good about getting his pitch and not missing it. These are just part of the ebbs and flows."
Davis donates jersey
A's designated hitter Khris Davis drew much attention Monday night, not just because he swatted his 37th home run of the season, but moreso as a result of the jersey he was wearing when doing it.
Prior to the game, Davis swapped autographs with 10-year-old Anthony Slocumb, in remission from cancer and visiting the Coliseum with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Following the A's victory, Davis said, "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, just to know what that feels like to be in my shoes for a split second."
Davis, who kept the Slocumb-signed jersey on for the game, added his autograph to it and plans to gift it to Slocumb.
In addition, Davis will donate one of his game-worn jerseys from Players' Weekend -- scheduled for this weekend -- to the Oakland A's Community Fund to be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting the Bay Area chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.