Cespedes drives in two as A’s beat Angels 

click to enlarge Yoenis Cespedes
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  • A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is out for a bounce-back year after hitting .240 in 2013.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double and the A’s defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Sunday.

Cespedes, who hit 26 homers with 80 RBIs last year, lined his hit in the fifth off Joe Blanton. Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson singled earlier in the inning.

Blanton, who started his career with the A’s, went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA last season. He gave up two runs and three hits with a walk in 2¹⁄³ innings. He finished strong in his first appearance of the spring, retiring the last six hitters.

“His fastball-change-up combo was working,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Angels star Albert Pujols went 0 for 3. He struck out, fouled out and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.

Hector Santiago, one of three starters competing for two open spots at the back end of the rotation, worked 2 2-3 innings and allowed one unearned run with one hit, two walks and three strikeouts.

Santiago has a screwball that Scioscia called “nasty.” Santiago said he threw four screwballs, all with good results.

A’s starter Jesse Chavez allowed one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in 2²⁄³ innings in his second spring start.

A’s manager Bob Melvin likes what Chavez can do for Oakland.

“He really found his way with us last year,” Melvin said of Chavez, who went 2-4 with one save and a 3.92 ERA in 35 games in 2013. “He pitched the way we heard he had in the minor leagues. He has four pitches, he pitches in relief and as a starter, and those guys are hard to find.”

NOTE: Angels slugger Albert Pujols held a prearranged postgame chat with the media Sunday and said his main mission this spring is to stay healthy. The three-time NL MVP was limited to a career low 99 games last season due to a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels after the 2011 season, his 10th with St. Louis. He hit 30 homers and drove in 105 RBIs in 2012 after a slow start. Last year, in 99 games, the fewest of his career, he hit 17 homers and drove in 64 runs.

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