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A's left fielder Cespedes ready for new season

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a shortened swing and newfound swagger following his most rigorous offseason of training yet that helped him pack on 15 pounds of muscle, Yoenis Cespedes wants to forget all the frustrations of last year.

While the slugging left fielder has turned his attention to making better, more consistent contact, he still plans to regularly clear the fences for the Oakland Athletics — and the reigning Home Run Derby champion hopes that means hitting more than the 26 long balls he had last season.

"Possibly, I'll have a little less power. If a home run went 430 feet, it will go 410 feet," Cespedes said with a chuckle. "But maybe I can do it more often."