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Oakland tries to avoid sweep in L.A. even as Cespedes gets spotlight for throw

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It was hard to miss Yoenis Cespedes last night.

If you didn't see the highlight of his 300-foot throw from the left field corner to home plate, perhaps you're not really an Oakland Athletics fan. After all, the A's lost the game in 14 innings to the Los Angeles Angels and now must beat Jered Weaver for the second time in as many tries tonight to avoid a sweep.

Yes, Cespedes can throw, and it'll be surprising if anyone tries to run on his arm again any time soon. The Angels have been particularly victimized by his cannon in the last few weeks. Remember the game when he threw out two L.A. base runners at home plate in the same inning less than two weeks ago?

Add this toss to his collection. Even reliever Luke Gregerson can be seen, muttering, "That's unbelievable", on the MLB highlight reel (above). And it was shocking -- the ball never bounced, traveling the length of a football field on the fly to nail Howie Kendrick at home plate and preserve the eighth-inning tie game.

(The Angels won the contest in the 14th inning on a walk-off home run, by the way.)

But back to the larger picture, if we can focus somewhere else for a moment: Oakland has scored two runs in two straight losses to Los Angeles, and the A's now lead the American League West by only 2.5 games. Tonight's series finale features Weaver against Tommy Milone, and it's also the last of nine road games in nine days for Oakland.

That's exhausting, and after taking two of three each from New York and Baltimore last week on the East Coast, the A's are experiencing a bit of letdown coming back to the Best Coast: they had scored 31 runs in their previous six road games before arriving in Los Angeles.

But Oakland is prone to these ebbs and flows on offense, so they will soon explode again -- that +124 run differential is still the best in the majors by more than double.

The question is whether the A's will explode on Weaver tonight or save it for the Yankees this weekend back at the O.co Coliseum.

Whatever the question, we all know the answer: it's Cespedes. Who else?

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