"They wanted to see him run around first," manager Bob Melvin said, "but he wants to play left field. He's tired of the DH thing."
Cespedes went just 4-for-28 with 10 strikeouts during his week-long stint at DH, bringing his season average down to .228, but he responded in Friday's opener, going 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Oakland's 6-3 win.
For Cespedes, it was not a coincidence.
"When I'm in the outfield ... my body's on fire," he said. "The difference is, when I'm a DH, I sit down in the dugout and I'm doing nothing and I feel like I'm going down a little bit emotionally."
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