A's to open gates early for batting practice on Fridays 

click to enlarge American League's Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, poses with the trophy after winning the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. Fans can see him practice on Fridays in Oakland. - AP PHOTO/KATHY WILLENS
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  • American League's Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, poses with the trophy after winning the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. Fans can see him practice on Fridays in Oakland.

The A's announced they will open gates to O.co Coliseum one hour earlier for all remaining Friday home games this season, giving fans the chance to watch Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice. All gates will open at 4:30 p.m. on July 26 prior to the A's game against the Los Angeles Angels, with Cespedes scheduled to hit at approximately 4:40 p.m. Batting practice schedules are subject to change.

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