On-Base Perception

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Yoenis Cespedes makes two must-see throws

Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp, right, congratulates Yoenis Cespedes

(Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill)

If the U.S. ever needs to launch men back to the moon, it's good to know we could just use Yoenis Cespedes' rocket arm.

The Athletics leftfielder made tremendous -- and that might be underselling it -- throws on back-to-back nights to cut down Angels baserunners at home and third, respectively.

Of course, Cespedes didn't play the balls in play all that well, which is why he had to uncork...

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Video: Joe Girardi, Shawn Kelley ejected by Laz Diaz

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, argues

(Credit: AP / Chris Carlson)

Umpire Laz Diaz has a reputation for taking a tense moment and ratcheting the drama up a few degrees.

So what happened Monday night in Anaheim should have been no surprise.

Shawn Kelley was walking off the field after a rough outing during which he'd walked four hitters, allowing the go-ahead run to score for the Angels. Kelley, heading back to the dugout, was not pleased with Diaz's...

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