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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.

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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.

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"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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