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Cespedes may make return to field soon

A's left fielder tests strained left hamstring in running drills

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HOUSTON -- Yoenis Cespedes could be back in action Sunday.

Oakland's left fielder, who suffered a strained left hamstring Friday in Houston, went through a variety of running drills Saturday afternoon. If it all went well, the team's medical staff could potentially give him the green light.

"When I'm told he's available off the bench," said manager Bob Melvin, "that's a nice little thing to have in your pocket.

"We'll get a read on what his running ability will be, which is obviously important for him getting back in the game."

Cespedes is just 2-for-15 over his last five games ,but has hit the Astros well, batting .333 (25-for-75) against them in his career.

Brandon Moss started in left field in Cespedes' stead for a second straight night, while Craig Gentry played in center, with Coco Crisp getting the start at designated hitter for the third game of a four-game set.

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