Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/30/13
With two days before the July 31 trade deadline the A's keep playing as if they don't really need to add much help. Yoenis Céspedes put together his second consecutive strong performance in Oakland's 9-4 win over Toronto pushing the A's a season-high 20 games over .500 and maintaining their six-game lead in the AL West. Oakland has won four in a row and seven of the past nine and at 63-43 the team is tied for the most wins in baseball. "Céspedes is going to catch fire here and we're going to ride him all the way home to the promised land" A's starter AJ. Griffin said. Céspedes homered in the eighth inning at the Coliseum to end a 25-game homerless streak the longest of his career. It was his first homer since June 21. "It's not about the home run" Céspedes said via translator Ariel Prieto. "I'm starting to feel better because everything is going to be fine." Oakland entered the night batting a major-league-worst .219 in July but if Céspedes can get his bat going the rest of the way the A's need for another hitter might drop. When Céspedes is hitting the A's offense usually follows. And with Céspedes compiling six hits the past two games - his first back-to-back three-hit games - Oakland has scored 19 runs. "For the team when I start hitting good everyone has their function their thing to do" said Céspedes who added that he is starting "to contribute my grain of sand." Even Seth Smith got into the act Monday snapping a career-high 0-for-30 skid with an RBI double in the third inning. Smith's hitless streak was the team's longest this season.
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