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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 7, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

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The Mariners actually beat the Athletics 7-3 last night, but all everyone can talk about this morning is Yoenis Cespedes, who nearly hit one to San Jose.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cespedes turned on an 83 mph changeup from Mariners’ starter Jason Vargas for a massive blast to left-center which traveled 462 feet. You can watch it here. It’s the longest home run in the majors so far this year and the excellent Hit Tracker Online says only 21 traveled further last season.

Cespedes showcased his 80-grade pimp tool while admiring his handy work and probably would have watched it for longer if he didn’t finally realize that Vargas was staring a hole through him. The picture to your right illustrates that the southpaw probably wasn’t too thrilled. Anyway, it’s clear that Cespedes can do some serious damage against cookies and mistake pitches, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts when pitchers get the book on him. Fun to watch for now, though.

Your Friday box scores:

White Sox 2, Rangers 3

Cardinals 11, Brewers 5

Twins 2, Orioles 4

Rockies 5, Astros 3

Yankees 6, Rays 7

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 5

Royals 0, Angels 5

Dodgers 6, Padres 0

  1. paperlions - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    He’s still striking out in 50% of his plate appearances….but damn they are fun to watch.

    • wendell7 - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      He show-boated that homer so blatantly last nigh, I’m willing to bet that Jason Vargas will send him a “message” or two the next time they face each other. In fact, I won’t be surprised if Cecpedes receives one tonight from King Felix.

    • backstageatapuppetshow - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Like I told ya paperlions….40 hr and 100 rbi’s….

      Just hit his 3rd in 4 games….

      • paperlions - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        We’ll see how he adjusts when the league completely figures him out. He’s struck out 7 times in 15 plate appearances, and has yet to walk. I would bank on him striking out 250 times before him hitting 40 HR.

      • backstageatapuppetshow - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        Resorting to changing the subject now Paper Lion? Or is it Paper Sheep?

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Note to all Yankees pitcher- If Joe Girardi calls for an IW, ignore him.

  3. dondada10 - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Cespedes swing looks like Glenallen Hill’s/

  4. Gordon - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    He needs more jewelry!

    • paperlions - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Haha….reminds me of Domingo Ayala, “how to hit a homerun”

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Man, that was a Roy Hobbs-style shot.

    How do you pronounce “Yoenis”, btw? “Yo-enis”? “Ye-nis”?

    • paperlions - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      I’m horrible at writing phonetically. The “e” should be pronounced like a hard “a” and the “i” like a hard “e”. Essentially, Yo-a-nees (accent on the middle syllable).

      • spudchukar - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        Almost got it correct PL, you are in my field of expertise now, the syllabic breakdown should however be between the n and the i.

        More interesting I believe is the sudden influx of Latin players with Y beginning first names. The reason is attributed to the Communist influence in Cuba and its neighbors. It became popular to name your children similarly to Russian sounding names, therefore, Yoenis, Yuniesky, Yadier, et al.

        Not so much in “Little Havana” though.

      • paperlions - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Thanks spud, I wasn’t sure if the e was it’s own syllable or not, I haven’t heard an announcer get close to pronouncing Cespedes correctly and when I’ve heard them say Yoenis it has come out Yenis (like Venice but with a Y).

  6. steveohho - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Cespedes for the rest of us!

  7. backstageatapuppetshow - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Paperlion shouldn’t be allowed to discuss Cespedes….he was never a believer…

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