A's Cespedes is AL Rookie of the Month

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A's Cespedes is AL Rookie of the Month

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OAKLAND -- Major League Baseball has voted Yoenis Cespedes the rookie of the month for September. He ends Angels' outfielder Mike Trout's run of four consecutive rookie of the month honors.In September, Cespedes hit .257 (28 for 109), with five doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 19 RBI, and scored 18 runs. He is the first A's player to win the award since Jemile Weeks in June of 2011.
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If it wasn't for Trout, Cespedes might be a lock for rookie of the year. He ranks second in runs (69), hits (139), doubles (25), homers (23), RBI (82), walks (41), batting average (.290), on-base percentage (.352), and slugging percentage (.506). He did all that while missing 34 games in 2012. Trout's impact on the Angels cannot be questioned, but Cespedes might be more important to his club, the A's are 80-46 with Cespedes in the lineup.The Cuban-born slugger's 23 homers are the third most by a rookie player in Oakland history, trailing Mark McGwire who hit 49 in 1987 and Jose Canseco who clubbed 33 in 1986.
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Cespedes is on a four-year contract and he joined the A's late in Spring Training. He could continue to improve as he learns to adjust to life in America and learns more about Major League pitching. While his rookie numbers are important, the A's are probably more impressed with Cespedes' stats against the Texas Rangers. He has a .375 average, with three homers, 10 RBI, two triples, and six doubles against the reigning American League champions.

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

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After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.

Oakland A's:
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP

 

A's place Davis on DL, DFA Alcantara; recent acquisition called up

A's place Davis on DL, DFA Alcantara; recent acquisition called up

Rajai Davis, one of the A's key offseason acquistions, is headed to the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.

The move is retroactive to April 22.

The A's also designated Rual Alcantara for assignment. The 24-year-old who was acquired in the 2011 Andrew bailey trade with Boston won the fifth starter job out of spring training, but posted a 16.71 ERA in three appearances this season.

To take their spots, the A's recalled right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez and recently-acquired outfielder Ryan LaMarre.

Valdez,32, was recalled on April 20 to start against the Mariners. He allowed five hits and three earned runs in four innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Nashville the following day.

The 28-year-old LaMarre was acquired from the Angels on Sunday. In his only game with Triple-A Nashville on Monday, he went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.