San Francisco Chronicle

Davis on Mexico roster?

- By John Shea John Shea is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Left fielder Khris Davis hopes to play in the World Baseball Classic next spring for Mexico, the native country of his mother Sonia.

Davis, who leads the A’s with 16 homers, said competing on the internatio­nal stage would be a wonderful tribute to his grandparen­ts, adding, “For them to see me represent their country I think would be a dream come true.”

Davis said he spoke briefly with Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who played for Mexico in the WBC qualifier in March and is the brother of Edgar Gonzalez, Mexico’s manager. Davis didn’t play in the qualifier, wanting to participat­e in a full spring training with his new team.

He was traded Feb. 12 from the Brewers to the A’s.

“It’s a great opportunit­y for fans to follow something different,” Davis said. “It’s a different kind of tournament, a different kind of culture, and it’s great for baseball.”

Davis’ father is longtime scout Rodney Davis.

Mexico was 3-3 in the 2006 WBC and 2-4 in 2009, getting eliminated in the second round each time. In 2013, Mexico was 1-2 and eliminated in the first round, which meant it had to qualify for next year’s WBC. Briefly: Rich Hill (strained groin) will throw a bullpen session Friday and make a rehab start for Class A Stockton on Monday. The plan is for his ensuing start to be with the A’s . ... Arismendy Alcantara, acquired from the Cubs in the Chris Coghlan trade and called up Tuesday, made his A’s debut and stole second base as a seventh-inning pinch runner. Alcantara was 26-for-26 in steal attempts in Triple-A. He’s expected to get his first A’s start Monday or Tuesday, perhaps for shortstop Marcus Semien, the only A’s player to start (and appear in) all 71 games . ... Daniel Mengden is the third pitcher in Oakland history to lose each of his first three career games. The others: Brad Rigby and Mike Morgan.

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