A’s slugger Khris Davis out of lineup with sore hand

ANAHEIM — Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin has stressed the need for more offense in the four-game series against the revitalized Los Angeles Angels.

He had to fill out a lineup card without one of his most dangerous hitters on Friday, however. Khris Davis was given the night off after he was hit on the left hand in the seventh inning of the 8-3 loss to the Angels in the series opener on Thursday.

“Just a little swollen today, having trouble gripping the bat, so we’ll give him the night off,” Melvin said before Friday’s game.

Melvin said he didn’t think Davis needed X-rays. Davis, who led the majors with 49 home runs last season, has 16 this season, tops in the league among designated hitters. His 39 RBIs are tied for the most.

Mark Canha, who played right field on Thursday night, served as designated hitter on Friday and batted second.

Despite their thirst for runs, the A’s also elected to skip outdoor batting practice before Friday’s game. Oakland is averaging 3.7 runs in its past seven games, but Melvin said the A’s have had success after skipping batting practice before.

“We’ve had a schedule here recently where we’ve been getting in late. Giving guys a break a little bit,” he said. “I think we tend to over-hit a little bit too much over the course of the season, in my opinion.”

• One of the bright spots for the A’s has been center fielder Ramon Laureano, who homered in the series opener on Thursday night. Three of his 13 home runs heading into Friday’s game had come against the Angels this season. Laureano has been one of Oakland’s most productive hitters throughout June, slamming seven home runs and driving in 20 runs, both ranking in the top five in the American League for the month.

“We know that it’s in there,” Melvin said of Laureano’s power. “We saw it last year. It’s just a matter of getting off to a little bit of a slow start and now starting to heat up some, both in the power end and getting on base a little bit more, identifying pitches, understanding kind of where the outside corner is a little bit more.”

Laureano still needs to improve his walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has 25 strikeouts compared to two walks this month, a wider gap than he had the first two full months of the season.

“At times, when he does go through a couple games where he struggles some, he wants to hit really badly, so he’ll learn as he goes along that there are times that they’re not going to give you something to hit,” Melvin said. “If you’re being too aggressive, numbers nowadays would suggest they know what you’re trying to do, and what you swing at and what you don’t, and there are going to be times he has to back off a little bit from his aggressiveness.”

• Jorge Mateo, a shortstop for Triple-A Las Vegas, was picked to play for the American League in the 2019 Futures Game on July 7 in Cleveland. Mateo, the No. 8 prospect in the organization, also participated in the Futures Game in 2016.

Mateo is hitting .316 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs for Las Vegas. He leads the Pacific Coast League with 108 hits, 13 triples, and 187 total bases.

“He’s been as consistent as a player as they’ve had down there,” Melvin said. “They hit him first, they hit him third, anywhere in the lineup.

Mateo, 24, was acquired from the New York Yankees along with Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian for Sonny Gray on July 31, 2017.