Over the past nine games, Cespedes was hitting .088 (3-for-34) while the A's went 3-6. Yes, A's fans, there is a correlation.
The good news is that Cespedes had not struck out in six straight games, matching his career best from last June.
"He felt good at batting practice and seemed to have a renewed sense of well-being," Melvin said. "His at-bats are getting a lot better."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.