(Eds: Adds detail, quotes.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer Yoenis Cespedes sat at an Oakland clubhouse table with teammate Jemile Weeks for a serious pregame study session, pen and paper in hand - no cards or checkers for these two.
Cespedes is using the Spanish-speaking infielder as an English tutor when he needs a little extra assistance.
''He called me over there,'' Weeks said. ''He knows I know a little bit. If I can lend a helping hand, I will.
The 26-year-old Cespedes signed a $36 million, four-year deal this spring in Oakland with a chance to start his career in the big leagues. The A's outbid teams like the Miami Marlins to land the prized center fielder, who starred for his Caribbean homeland in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Cespedes is gaining confidence each day, on the field and off it. He said Friday he is tentatively planning his first interview in English for July.
''Every day, I'm feeling better,'' he said in Spanish. ''I'm a smart guy (learning the lan...