OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The family of Yoenis Cespedes is finally safe after a months-long ordeal that took them from Cuba to the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Miami and, at last, to the Bay Area to join him. Their arrival in itself is a major burden lifted for the Oakland left fielder.
He is far from satisfied with his performance on the field this season for the AL West champion Athletics, who are counting on Cespedes' big bat to help carry them as they make another October run - in another first-round series with the Detroit Tigers, just like last year's best-of-five AL division series that went the distance.
Cespedes is quick to acknowledge this year has been largely disappointing, aside from the thrill of capturing the Home Run Derby title during this summer's All-Star game festivities in New York.
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