Monday, July 28, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Cespedes's 300-foot heave gets his man

A´s leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes uncorks his amazing throw to nail the Angels´ Howie Kendrick at home plate.
A's leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes uncorks his amazing throw to nail the Angels' Howie Kendrick at home plate. MARK J. TERRILL / AP
When Oakland A's leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes booted Mike Trout's liner in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night, it looked as though the Los Angeles Angels would grab a 2-1 lead.

Instead, Cespedes retrieved the ball near the foul pole and unleashed a flat-footed, 300-foot missile to home plate that nailed Howie Kendrick.

The amazing throw brought back memories of outfield greats Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays.

"There aren't that many guys able to throw it that far on the fly," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

It was Cespedes' eighth assist of the season, which leads the majors. But it wasn't enough to win the game. Collin Cowgill's homer in the 14th beat the A's.

All-star coaches. Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire and Cleveland's Terry Francona were picked to coach with AL manager John Farrell of Boston in the July 15 All-Star Game at Target Field. For the NL, Mike Matheny of St. Louis chose Clint Hurdle of Pittsburgh and Fredi Gonzalez of Atlanta.

Ockimey agrees. Josh Ockimey, a senior first baseman for Neumann-Goretti who was drafted by Boston in the fifth round last week, came to terms with the Red Sox, passing up a scholarship to Indiana.

- Staff and wire reports

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