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52 Yoenis Cespedes LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 10/18/1985 | Birthplace: | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 103.48
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Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes slugs three-run home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes went 2 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 3-2 win over the A's, his former team, on Wednesday.

"I was confident I was going to do something," Cespedes said, per MLB.com. "But not necessarily hit a home run. I still have a lot of affection for that team, but I play for this team now and I want to win."

Cespedes hadn't homered since May 15 before slugging his second home run of May in the fifth inning to put his team up three runs. The A's were able to pick up runs in the seventh and eighth innings but fell short in the attempted comeback. Cespedes, who has four multihit efforts in his last eight games, owns a .291/.327/.489 line with six home runs, 27 RBI and three stolen bases in 182 at-bats.


Tigers LF Yoenis Cespedes lacking power, but not hits in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes reached base in all five plate-appearances in Thursday's win over the Astros. He went 3 for 3 with a double, walked twice and scored twice in the victory. That makes back-to-back three-hit games for the first-year Tiger, and four such performances in his last seven games. 

In fact, Cespedes has hit safely in nine of his last 12 games, and all nine games have been multi-hit performances. 

He also stole a bag for the second consecutive game, giving him threesteals on the season, all coming in the past week. 

Cespedes has had a rather interesting start to his tenure in Detroit. He hasn't hit for much power, with just five home runs on the year. But his 15 doubles are tops in the American League and he has an even .300 batting average entering play on Friday, despite his career .266 mark.


Ausmus prefers J.D. Martinez as new Tigers cleanup hitter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez has outhit now-sidelined teammate Victor Martinez most of the year - which isn't saying much. It stands to reason he will provide better protection in the lineup for hitting machine Miguel Cabrera than did the ailing veteran.

"There's not many people that can protect Miggy," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com. "But I think J.D.'s our best option."

A better option, apparently, than Yoenis Cespedes.

"I like Cespy being able to clear the deck, so to speak," Ausmus added.

An 0-for-25 stretch with 16 strikeouts proved to be one setback for J.D. Martinez, but he has otherwise performed well at the plate. He now owns a 10-game hitting streak that has raised his average from .216 to .260.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez will bat cleanup with Victor Martinez out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is batting cleanup and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is batting fifth in Tuesday's matchup with the Brewers.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said on Tuesday that the team would likely continue to go with the pair of outfielders in the fourth and fifth spots while Victor Martinez is on the disabled list, MLive.com reports.

The Tigers are heavy favorites (-175) against the Brewers on Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers.

Cespedes bent his thumb back while making a defensive play on Saturday but was back in the lineup Sunday. However, he'll get a break Monday, with Rajai Davis taking over in left field.

The Tigers are favorites (-140) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Sore thumb doesn't keep Yoenis Cespedes out of Tigers' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hurt his thumb late in Saturday's game, but it didn't keep him out of Sunday's lineup. 

Cespedes bent his thumb back trying to make a catch. He remained in the game, but his availability for Sunday was questionable. 


Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes dealing with thumb issue


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes bent his left thumb back while trying to make a catch in the 10th inning on Saturday, according to MLive.com.

Cespedes, who went 3 for 5 with an RBI in the win, is unsure of his status moving forward. He is hitting .290 with 23 RBI in 145 at-bats this season.


Tigers LF Yoenis Cespedes breaks out with three-hit Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) It's too early to determine if Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has emerged from a slump that has gripped him through most of May. But he certainly showed positive signs Friday in St. Louis.

Cespedes had hit safely in only three of nine games heading in with five hits in his previous 35 at-bats. But he opened the scoring against the Cardinals with a solo home run in the second inning, singled in the sixth and put the cherry on top with a two-run double in the ninth.

The big night sweetened his slash line to .279/.297/.493.


Tigers' Martinez, Cespedes swap lineup spots Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Tigers outfielders J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes have swapped lineup spots for the second time in a week.

Martinez was dropped to sixth for the first time this season Wednesday and stayed in that spot for the team's last five games while Cespedes batted fifth. The Tigers have revered to the lineup they featured through most of April, with Martinez fifth and Cespedes sixth.

The Tigers are favorites (-129) against the Twins at home Tuesday.


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes has very good history vs. Jose Quintana


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hasn't hit a home run in eight games and has just one home run in 16 games since hitting two on April 19. Although, a matchup against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana might help Cespedes stop his power drought.

Cespedes has hit safely in six of eight at-bats (.750) in his career against Quintana. Four of those hits have gone for home runs. He also has one double and nine RBI.

Cespedes is batting just .185 (5 for 27) against lefties in in 2015, but he has three home runs and 10 RBI.


Tigers planning days off for Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Ian Kinsler


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he plans to find days off for some of his regulars who haven't missed a game yet this year. 

Miguel Cabrera has started every game at first base. Ian Kinsler has been a fixture at second, and one day at DH is the only thing that kept Yoenis Cespedes out of left field this season. 

"Absolutely (a day off) can help," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Even if you're not struggling, just to not have to think about every pitch every at-bat, you just kind of sit back for a day and watch the game until you're called upon to go into it. It's almost like going to a spa for the day. It's mentally relaxing."


Tigers LF Yoenis Cespedes collects three RBI during Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run to propel the Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Monday.

Cespedes connected off pitcher Tommy Milone in the first inning for a three-run home run. It was his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 4 with one strike out. He is now hitting .303.


Yoenis Cespedes powers Tigers to win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Yoenis Cespedes hit his first career grand slam, and his two-homer day produced a career-high six RBI in the Tigers' win over the White Sox on Sunday. 

"I've faced [Quintana] a few times. That doesn't mean, just because I face him, I'm going to have a good game, but I've batted well against him," Cespedes said through Tigers media relations director and translator Aileen Villarreal.

Cespedes went 2 for 4 and raised his average to .300 for the season. He now has three home runs and 10 RBI. 


Tigers RF Cespedes remains on roll in Friday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has been all the Tigers could have envisioned early this season after trading for him in December. All they were waiting for was a home run.

He took care of that business Friday and it proved critical. His blast off White Sox standout Jeff Samardzija in the fourh inning tied the game and allowed Detroit to win it in the ninth.

Cespedes, who served as a designated hitter for the first time, now boasts a slash line of .302/.318/.512 and has hit safely in eight of 10 games.


Red Sox made preliminary offer to Cespedes before trading him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Red Sox made outfielder Yoenis Cespedes a preliminary offer on a contract extension before trading him to the Tigers in the offseason, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

However, Red Sox personnel see Cespedes as "a businessman," which translates into Boston seeing it very unlikely Cespedes was going to sign before free agency, according to Heyman. 

There is no word on if the Tigers are making progress on a contract extension for Cespedes, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting .308 (12 for 39) with one triple, four doubles and three RBI in nine games.


Tigers OF Yoenis Cespedes nets two extra-base hits in opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had his first double and triple of the season during Monday's season opener against the Twins. Both of Cespedes' extra-base hits came off Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes.

Cespedes, who scored twice Monday, hit .311 with one triple, three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI in 22 spring games. He had his 16th career triple in Monday's 4-0 win.


Tigers' Alex Avila, Yoenis Cespedes return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Yoenis Cespedes are in the starting lineup for Monday's spring game against the Cardinals.

Avila was pulled from Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness. He was initially scheduled to return Friday before being crossed off the team's travel roster. Cespedes came out of Thursday's game with quad tightness and was not expected to appear Sunday or Monday, but he'll make his return to action in Jupiter against the Cardinals.


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes not in travel roster for Sunday, Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is set to take batting practice on Saturday, but isn't on the team's travel roster to go to Jupiter on Sunday and Monday, per MLive.com.

Cespedes left Thursday's Grapefruit League game with tightness in his left quad, and has not been able to return since. He did reveal that his left quad is feeling better on Saturday. He is hitting .313 with one double, one home run and five RBI in six spring games.

Barring a last-minute trip to join his teammates in Jupiter, the next opportunity for him to return to the lineup will come against Washington in Lakeland.


Tigers' Ausmus: Cespedes penciled in to play Sat., surprised if he does


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is feeling "so-so" after leaving Thursday's spring game due to tightness in his left quad, per MLB.com. Ausmus said Cespedes is penciled into the lineup for a split-squad game Saturday, but he would be surprised if Cespedes plays.

Cespedes, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Boston, is batting .313 (5 for 16) with one double, one home run and five RBI in six spring games. He also has five runs, one walk and one stolen base.

Cespedes is entering the final year of his contract. He is slated to make $10.5 million in 2015.


Tigers OF Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with tight quad


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game with tightness in his left quad, per MLB.com and is day-to-day. 

Cespedes already has missed time due to back soreness this spring, his first with the Tigers after being acquired from the Red Sox in the offseason. 


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes returns to starting lineup Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who was  scratched from the lineup Thursday against Atlanta due to lower back tightness, returned to the lineup Saturday, starting in left field and hitting cleanup against the Braves, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lower back tightness keeps Cespedes out of Tigers' lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the lineup Thursday against Atlanta due to lower back tightness, according to the team's official website. Cespedes was acquired in an offseason trade with the Red Sox. He hit a grand slam in his first spring training at-bat in a Tigers uniform.

Cespedes will not be in the Tigers will face the Mets on Friday in Port St. Lucie. He's likely to return Saturday against Atlanta, per the Detroit Free Press.


Yoenis Cespedes clubs grand slam in first spring game with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Yoenis Cespedes made quite the impression in his first game in a Tigers uniform Tuesday. Cespedes, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Red Sox, clubbed a grand slam in his spring debut, helping Detroit to a 15-2 win over Baltimore.

In his first at-bat, Cespedes popped out to first baseman Christian Walker in the first inning and then flied out to right field in his second at-bat. However, in his third at-bat he connected for a grand slam down the left-field line off Oliver Drake to put Detroit ahead 11-0.


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes feels comfortable in Detroit


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes said he feels comfortable in Detroit and wants to remain a Tiger for a long time, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for a lot of years," he said. "This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come."


Ausmus: Cespedes will pair up with Cabrera to improve his hitting


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that in order to encourage Yoenis Cespedes to more of a well-rounded offensive threat, he'll have Cespedes paired up in the same hitting group as Miguel Cabrera this spring, reports MLive.com.

"I think the best way to do it is to put him in the same hitting group as Miggy," Ausmus said. "Miggy does that a lot. Honestly. I'm being dead serious. Put him in the same hitting group as Miggy and let him watch the best hitter in the game do it on a daily basis."

Cespedes, 29, was acquired in a December trade with Boston. He hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. He owns a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons.