Cespedes homers in A’s debut
March 11, 2012
PHOENIX (AP) – Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin joked before the game that he’d love to see Yoenis Cespedes hit three homers, steal three bases and rob a hitter of a home run in center field in his first major league game Saturday.
He gladly settled for what the Cuban defector delivered – a solo homer and an RBI single – in Oakland’s 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
What impressed Melvin more than those two big hits, however, was Cespedes’ patience in his first big league at-bat, when the swift center fielder didn’t take a single swing while drawing a walk off right-hander Johnny Cueto.
“This is the day we were waiting for,” Melvin said. “There was a pretty bright spotlight on him today, so for him to be able to go up there and take a walk his first at-bat, I think impressed me as much as the other at-bats.
“Certainly, they got better and better as they went along: a bullet up the middle and then with two strikes fouled off some pitches and then finally got one he could handle and hit it out,” Melvin said. “So, I would think he’s going to go home tonight with a smile on his face, feeling pretty good about his first day.”
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“I feel great, Cespedes said with former A’s pitcher and fellow Cuban native Ariel Prieto interpreting for him. “The results I had today make me feel good.”
Sandoval, Zito carry Giants past Brewers 13-3
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Barry Zito is happy with the progress he’s made so far this spring.
He allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants earned a 13-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a split-squad game on Saturday.
The left-hander threw 30 strikes out of 45 pitches.
Pablo Sandoval doubled and homered in the Giants’ eight-run third inning. It was his first homer of the spring.
The Giants had 16 hits, including three homers.