MESA, Ariz. (AP) Rajai Davis pulled on his Athletics cap straight away when he walked into Hohokam Stadium, then grabbed his sparkling new white cleats specked with green and took an admiring glance at the shoes before reaching for his green No. 11 jersey and putting it on right over his long-sleeve shirt with black slacks.
”I got to get this green and gold back on,” Davis said, beaming, ”Nice to be back … in the green and gold.”
Davis returned Thursday to start a second stint in Oakland and is eager to carry the momentum from his World Series run with Cleveland last fall to make the A’s a contender again when nobody expects it. This club finished last in the AL West the past two seasons.
Davis bounced around the ballpark saying his hellos and still riding the momentum of reaching the World Series. The speedy 36-year-old AL stolen bases leader received a $6 million, one-year contract last month to come back to the A’s for the first time since 2010.
”A lot of familiar faces,” he said. ”I think I’ve seen `em all. If I haven’t, I will.”
Finding a new everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter was a top priority this offseason.
”Raj is a very infectious personality,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”He’s happy to be here, he’s got a smile on his face, he’s been here before …
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