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The lineups are set for Game 3 of the four-game series between the A's and Blue Jays in Oakland.
1. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
2. Michael Taylor (R) RF
3. Josh Reddick (L) CF
4. Chris Carter (R) 1B
5. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
6. Brandon Inge (R) 3B
7. Derek Norris (R) DH
8. George Kottaras (L) C
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Toronto Blue Jays
1. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
2. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. David Cooper (L) DH
5. Rajai Davis (R) LF
6. Yan Gomes (R) C
7. Moises Sierra (R) RF
8. Anthony Gose (L) CF
9. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) 3B
After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.
The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”
Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland.
“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”
Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin.
“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”
Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.
The A's hit a lot of home runs and they appear to be bringing back a player that hits a lot of home runs.
Chris Carter, who played for the A's from 2010 through 2012, is reportedly signing a minor league contract to return to the organization.
News of the deal was first reported by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Carter was released by the Yankees on July 10. In 62 games for New York, Carter hit .201/.284/.370 with five doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI.
Over the previous four seasons between Houston and Milwaukee, Carter hit 131 home runs and drove in 328 runs.
Carter's high-water mark with the A's came in 2012 when he hit 16 home runs in 67 games.