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Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is starting to look at home with the Oakland Athletics.
Cespedes hit his first major league home run on Thursday to power the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners that earned Oakland a split in the two-game season-opening series at Tokyo Dome.
Cespedes, who signed a $36 million, four-year contract with Oakland on March 3, said he is starting to feel comfortable in his new surroundings.
''I wake up early every day and get to the field early and work hard because the baseball is different than in Cuba,'' Cespedes said.
Cespedes connected for a two-run homer off Seattle reliever Shawn Kelley (0-1) to give Oakland a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Josh Reddick followed with a solo shot off George Sherrill to give the A's a two-run cushion.
''They tried to throw me sliders every at-bat, so I had to adjust to hit the ball,'' Cespedes said. ''It was great to hit a home run here for the Ja...
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#30 – Baltimore
#29 – Houston
#28 – Oakland
#27 – Pittsburgh
#26 – San Diego
#25 – Minnesota
#24 – Chicago White Sox
Seattle’s 2011 Ranking: #17
2012 Outlook: 36 (26th)...
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