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Puig then belts two-run homer to help L.A. past Oakland

  • Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes during batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

GLENDALE -- There was no shortage of Cuban cleanup hitters Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

The A's started left fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the No. 4 slot. The Dodgers countered with Yasiel Puig, who has never played in a big league game.

Once the season starts, Cespedes will be the Oakland cleanup hitter. Puig, whom Cespedes played against in Cuba for two seasons, likely will be batting cleanup for one of the Dodgers' minor league teams.

But by the time Puig makes it to the big leagues, he may learn from Cespedes' 2012 experience and dodge many of the issues that dogged Cespedes in his debut season.

"We talked before the game," Cespedes said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. "I told him to work hard no matter where they send you, because you never know when they're going to call you up. He's a complete baseball player."


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