The Athletics would prefer if their revenge against Al Alburquerque came in the form of three straight wins, but Yoenis Cespedes could give the Tigers reliever a taste of his own medicine at some point.
Alburquerque drew the ire of the A's on Sunday when he kissed the baseball before flipping it to first on a ninth-inning groundout off the bat of Cespedes. Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick called the smooch "unprofessional," but Cespedes' plans extend beyond just voicing his displeasure.
"It's OK, It's not a problem for me," Cespedes said after the game, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're not finished yet and when we get back to Oakland, I'm going to hit the ball hard against him -– and kiss my bat."
Alburquerque chalked the incident up to emotions getting the best of him, reportedly saying he meant no disrespect to Cespedes or the rest of the A's. Sorry doesn't eliminate the lip smack, though, and he's obviously not very well-liked in the Oakland locker room right now.
Kiss-gate aside, however, the A's need to get their act together, or else Alburquerque will really have the last laugh.
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