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Athletics' Cespedes shows off cannon... again

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 12 2014 03:29:58 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 10:13:47 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB
ANAHEIM, Calif. -

The Oakland Athletics clubhouse was still buzzing Wednesday about left fielder Yoenis Cespedes' throw home Tuesday night, which reached catcher Derek Norris on the fly in time to tag out the Angels' Howie Kendrick.

Cespedes initially misplayed the ball hit into the left field corner by Mike Trout because he looked up to see if he had a chance to get Kendrick going first to third. But after fumbling the ball, Cespedes retrieved the ball and uncorked his throw -- approximately the length of a football field -- to get Kendrick, who had been waved home.

Asked if he'd ever made a better throw, Cespedes said he hadn't in the majors, but he did playing in Cuba.

A's manager Bob Melvin said it was one of the best throws he's ever seen, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia was equally impressed.

"When the ball rolled in the corner, I thought Howie was going to score standing up," Scioscia said. "Cespedes picked the ball up and threw a guided missile that was right on the money. That's just an incredible throw."

Cespedes added to his throwing highlight-reel Wednesday night.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit a ball into the left field corner in the sixth inning for an apparent double. Cespedes, just as he did before making his remarkable throw Tuesday, had trouble fielding the ball. Pujols tried to take the extra base, but Cespedes came up throwing and nailed Pujols at third.

"I think he's starting to do that on purpose, kind of bait the runners in trying to get that extra base," A's left-hander Tommy Milone joked. "It hasn't boded well for them."