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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes' slow start to spring training is a distant memory. Now Oakland's slugging outfielder is hoping to carry his hot swing into the regular season.

Cespedes homered for the second time in three days, a three-run shot off San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong, and the Athletics held on to beat the Giants 4-3 on Saturday in the final tuneup for both teams.

Unlike his home run two nights earlier off two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum - a towering blast at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park - Cespedes' three-run shot off Vogelsong just got over the left field wall and helped cap a big ending to his spring.

It also convinced A's manager Bob Melvin that his powerful cleanup hitter is ready to go.

"Anybody else, it's a medium fly ball to left (but) he's just that strong," Melvin said. "He's had a heck of a spring."

The Cuban slugger, who homered on a hanging changeup from Vogelsong that was on the outer edge of the plate, closed the exhibition schedule on a 13-for-33 tear, with all six of his home runs and 13 RBIs coming over the final 11 games.

The six home runs, which came after Cespedes batted just .179 in his first 11 games, are the most by an A's hitter in the spring since 2007.

Coco Crisp added two hits and scored twice, and Dan Straily pitched five scoreless innings for his first win since early in spring training.

Marco Scutaro had two hits for San Francisco, which played without third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The All-Star third baseman has been bothered by a sore right elbow.

One night after being held to four hits, the A's got a boost from the top of their lineup and jumped on Vogelsong early.

Crisp and John Jaso combined to score three runs in the first three innings and reached base five times overall, but it was Cespedes who provided the key blow.

"I didn't think he got it good enough but he's so strong he got it over the fence," Vogelsong said. "I thought he hit it off the end of the bat."

Cespedes' big hit staked Oakland to a 4-0 lead that was enough support for Straily, who won for the first time since Feb. 27. The Oakland right-hander pitched five scoreless innings and finished with five strikeouts.

Bartolo Colon, who will miss the first five games of the season to finish off a 50-game PED suspension, replaced Straily and got into trouble in the seventh when he failed to touch first base while covering on Gregor Blanco's grounder.

After Joaquin Arias singled, Guillermo Quiroz hit a three-run homer to left that cut the gap to 4-3.

Colon settled down after that and later got Quiroz to ground into a game-ending double play in the ninth.

The A's success against Vogelsong was even more significant.

Crisp and Jaso opened the first inning with back-to-back singles before Josh Reddick blooped a hit just inside the left field line to drive in Crisp.

Vogelsong got some help from the Giants defense in the second but wasn't so fortunate in the third.

Crisp singled and Jaso walked to open the frame. One out later Cespedes homered, his second in three days.

The Giants couldn't get anything going offensively until Colon's error in the seventh set up Quiroz's three-run homer.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy hoped to get Sandoval into the game but opted to hold the third baseman out and is unsure if he'll have the slugger in the lineup Monday when the Giants open the season against the Dodgers.

The World Series MVP, who left Friday's game with discomfort in his irritated right elbow, took batting practice and fielded grounders before the game. Sandoval will go through another workout on Sunday.

Seeing Sandoval take BP was an encouraging sign for Bochy, though the Giants haven't ruled out having their All-Star third baseman open the season on the disabled list either.

"That's the last option we want," Bochy said before the game. "We're fairly optimistic we won't have to go that route."

NOTES: Straily and Colon did not walk a batter and combined for 11 strikeouts. ... Giants SS Brandon Crawford singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... San Francisco backup C Hector Sanchez (shoulder) played in an extended spring training game Saturday and could possibly join the big league club in Los Angeles for the opener, according to Bochy. ... The A's made a series roster moves after the game, including placing SS Hiro Nakajima on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring. Oakland also optioned LHP Pedro Figueroa and IF Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento (PCL) and reassigned RHP Mike Ekstrom, LHP Hideki Okajima and C Luke Montz to the minor league camp.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

G. Quiroz
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3010000 .273
    Andres Torres, CF1000000 .229
Marco Scutaro, 2B3020011 .227
    Joe Panik, PR-2B1000010 .176
Hunter Pence, RF3000023 .333
    Cole Gillespie, LF1000000 .273
Buster Posey, DH1000001 .294
   a- Chad Gaudin, PH-DH1000010 .000
   b- Jackson Williams, PH-DH2000010 .185
Brandon Belt, 1B4010020 .410
Brandon Crawford, SS2010001 .375
    Nick Noonan, PR-SS2000010 .265
Gregor Blanco, LF-RF4110010 .281
Joaquin Arias, 3B4120003 .279
Guillermo Quiroz, C4113011 .282
Totals36393011  
a-struck out for Posey in the 4th
b-grounded out for Gaudin in the 6th
Batting
3B - Angel Pagan (1, Straily)
HR - Guillermo Quiroz (1, Colon)
RBI - Guillermo Quiroz 3 (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Crawford-Belt
E - Joe Panik (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (L,1-2) 5644121 3.60
Jose Mijares 1000020 8.44
Jake Dunning 1000000 2.08
Heath Hembree 1000110 4.50
HBP - Young (by Ryan Vogelsong)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 74-48, Jose Mijares 12-8, Jake Dunning 9-5, Heath Hembree 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 4-9, Heath Hembree 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 23, Jose Mijares 3, Jake Dunning 3, Heath Hembree 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF2220000 .296
   a- Chris Young, PH-CF1000000 .250
John Jaso, C2110101 .238
    Derek Norris, C1000000 .350
Josh Reddick, RF3011101 .294
Yoenis Cespedes, DH4113025 .295
Jed Lowrie, SS4000005 .273
    Andy Parrino, SS0000000 .368
Brandon Moss, 1B2000002 .304
   b- Nate Freiman, PH-1B2000001 .241
Josh Donaldson, 3B3010010 .300
Seth Smith, LF3000011 .280
Eric Sogard, 2B3000010 .444
Totals3046425  
a-hit by pitch for Crisp in the 5th
b-flied out for Moss in the 6th
Batting
HR - Yoenis Cespedes (6, Vogelsong)
RBI - Josh Reddick (14), Yoenis Cespedes 3 (15)
SB - Josh Reddick (2, 2nd base off Hembree/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Sogard-Freiman
E - Bartolo Colon (1, Missed catch of throw)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily (W,2-2) 5600050 5.82
Bartolo Colon (S,1) 4332061 6.30
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 80-52, Bartolo Colon 47-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 3-7, Bartolo Colon 4-2
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 21, Bartolo Colon 15
Game Information
Attendance - 30266
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski