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Ex-A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes' injury reportedly caused by boar fight

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Ex-A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes' injury reportedly caused by boar fight

In May, former A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes, now with the Mets, fractured his right ankle at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Fla. 

In what New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen originally described as a "violent fall" ultimately turned out to be a minor accident in which Cespedes reportedly fell into a hole. It was recently reported that this had to do with an encounter with a wild boar.

Yep -- you read that correctly. A wild boar.

The New York Post reported all involved parties agreed on the event.

"Cespedes has traps on his ranch for a variety of reasons, including to keep boars away from people," The Post reported. "But one boar was removed from a trap -- perhaps by Cespedes -- and either charged toward Cespedes or startled him, causing Cespedes to step into a hole."

After the injury occurred, the outfielder gave notice to the Mets, mentioning he was "trying to sidestep a boar." Officials and representatives from the organization went to the ranch the following day with the notion that was indeed what had occurred.

The injury caused a snowball effect of sorts and left Cespedes off the active roster for the 2019 season.

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He would not take a single at-bat.

The Cuban slugger spent three seasons with the A's where he earned an All-Star selection in 2014. During his time with Oakland, he slashed.262/.318/.470 with 66 home runs and 229 RBI.

Mike Fiers gets warm reception in first appearance since outing Astros

Mike Fiers gets warm reception in first appearance since outing Astros

If Sunday afternoon was any indication, the public has Mike Fiers' back.

In the A's right-hander's first appearance of spring training and first time toeing the rubber since blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, Fiers was cheered by the fans when he took the field against the Giants at Hohokam Park.

Fiers, who has received criticism from some and even death threats, said it was nice to feel the support from the fans.

While the reception was nice, Fiers is focused on the A's reaching new heights in 2020.

“I try to put it behind me. We have to focus on 2020," Fiers said, via MLB.com. "Our season is coming up pretty quick, so we need to focus on baseball and get ready,” Fiers said. “In the past, we’ve started off slow and it’s halted us late in the year. The earlier we can get ready, the better off we’re going to be.”

On the mound, Fiers worked two efficient innings. He threw 19 pitches (12 strikes) and retired all six batters he faced.

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Fiers might face a different reaction when it's not a spring training game, but for now, it appears the fans are glad Fiers outed the Astros.

The Astros will visit the A's from March 30-April 1 in the second series of the season.

Khris Davis Q&A: A's slugger discusses teammates, favorite breakfsat

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Khris Davis Q&A: A's slugger discusses teammates, favorite breakfsat

MESA, Ariz. -- Khris Davis remains one of the most influential bats in the A's lineup. And not just because of his long-ball potential.

Teammates bookending him in the lineup also typically see better pitches when “K.D.” is leaving the yard at a frequent clip.

The designated hitter is ready to put a rough 2019 behind him in order to get back to being the feared masher he was in the previous three seasons.

Davis is a rare interviewee, but this Q&A gave us a great chance to get to know him better at spring training.

NBC Sports Bay Area: Teammate you would trust most to babysit your children?
Khris Davis: Oh, man. I’ll go with [Matt] Chapman. Because he’s actually really good with kids.

How many times can you wear the same jeans without washing them?
I’d say as soon as they get dirty. So probably five times. You’re supposed to wear them until they get dirty.

If you could clone yourself, what would you make that clone do?
Go to school ... finish up my school.

The bat you use, why did you choose it?
I got that model from [A’s coach] Mark Kotsay actually -- he gave it to me. I was in the minor leagues with the [Milwaukee] Brewers, He was a major leaguer at the time. The first time I used it, I hit a home run, and I fell in love. It’s an L162, kind of a custom model. 34 Inches, 31.5 ounces.

Were you named after anybody?
No.

Best smell of baseball season?
I’ll say the baseball or leather. I like the leather smell.

Can you still write in cursive?
Yes. I don’t personally choose to, but I can.

Teammate you would assume spends the most time personal grooming?
I hope it’s not me, with the braids, high maintenance. I’ll go with [Chad] Pinder, but there’s a lot of choices. Everybody in there takes care of themselves.

Only one breakfast for the rest of your life, what’s on that plate?
Pancakes.

If you were a media member covering the A’s spring training, what would your No. 1 story be?
I’m not sure. It’s been a quiet offseason -- maybe that’s the story? There it is!

Amount of time on average you spend preparing for the opposing pitchers?
I like to time him up on deck. I like to watch a little video. Nothing excessive, including batting practice. I’d say probably 30 minutes. It’s nothing crazy, I’m not like a studier. I just want to see different things, like his release, his arm angle, and see what his stuff does.

Can MLB players be friends with their coaches?
Yeah, absolutely. I am friends with all of our coaches.

One MLB player you’d be a fan of if you didn’t play?
I like hitters. [Cody] Bellinger is pretty nasty.

Best way to split a lunch or dinner tab with a teammate? We’re told you’re pretty generous?
I do offer to pay, but hopefully, somebody is there to pick me up and join. Share maybe? The veterans should take care of the younger guys, obviously, but it’s nice if there’s multiple veterans, right?