Cespedes sizzles in Sacramento

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Cespedes sizzles in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- Yoenis Cespedes' stat line tonight doesn't accurately represent how he looked at the plate. Officially he went 2 for 4. His two hits were hard-hit singles. His biggest hit, wasn't a hit at all though -- based on a strange call by the umpires. On the play in question, Cespedes smacked a screaming liner to the left field wall, but was called out at second base, because he allegedly didn't touch first base. Replays in the press box clearly showed that he touched the bag."He swinging the bat pretty good," manager Darren Bush said. "He went to all fields. He went to right, he went to left, he swung the bat really well."While the 8,729 announced fans in attendance got to see Cespedes in action, they didn't get to see Manny Ramirez. Ramirez concluded his 50-game suspension, and 10-game rehab stint Tuesday, as a result he couldn't play or be with the team during the game. Ramirez did spend the afternoon working out with the River Cats though. He will be back in action Wednesday, when the River Cats will put him on their 25-man roster.At The PlateFirst InningCespedes stepped to the plate with the bases empty, and one out. He popped up to the second baseman who was ranging toward the foul line in shallow right field.Third InningCespedes pulled a single between the third baseman and shortstop. Then with Michael Taylor batting he broke for second base. He would have had the base stolen, but Taylor cracked a single right past Cespedes, who advanced to third. Cespedes scored when Chris Carter hit a sacrifice fly to left.Fifth InningThis is how Cespedes' at-bat in the fifth reads on the gamecast: "Yoenis Cespedes grounds out. Pitcher Eric Hacker to first baseman Todd Linden."Here is what really happened: Cespedes crushed a line drive to the left field wall for a double. The Grizzlies complained to the umpires claiming that Cespedes didn't touch the first base bag. We looked at reviews in the press box and it appeared that he did indeed tough the bag. Either way, what matters most is that he made very solid contact on the ball.Seventh InningCespedes singled to right field with Luke Hughes on first. Hughes got thrown out trying to advance to third though. Cespedes looks locked in at the plate. He is hitting balls to both left and right field with decent contact.In The FieldCespedes played nine innings in left field. He didn't have one ball hit his direction.

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.