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Yoenis bounces back from upset stomach

A's outfielder returns to lineup day after illness forced early exit

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OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes said his stomach "was all upside down yesterday," but the A's outfielder felt well enough Tuesday night to rejoin the lineup for the second game of a three-game set with the Rangers.

"I am feeling very well today," Cespedes said through a Spanish-speaking reporter.

The Cuban slugger, who hit a home run in the third inning on Monday following a 1-for-20 stretch, was warming up in center field before the start of the fifth but was called back to the dugout and removed from the game, with the A's later announcing that he had a "stomach illness."

Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Cespedes' stomach was "upside down a couple of times," as he looked toward the dugout restroom, before joking, "We have to make sure that Purell dispenser has plenty of refills."

Cespedes entered the day 24-for-65 (.369) with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 11 RBIs in 18 career games against the Rangers.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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