A's loving shipment of colorful clothes from Minnesota
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OAKLAND – The A’s received boxes of colorful clothing Wednesday courtesy of Zubaz, the Minnesota-based company that specializes in zebra-like designs of your favorite teams.

Reliever Pat Neshek is friends with the owner of the company. All season long, A’s players have been sporting green, white and gold sweat pants that can only be described as eye-catching.

The shipment of clothes that arrived Wednesday included green and gold striped ties, sunglasses, baby clothes, even dog sweaters.

“The ties are awesome,” reliever Sean Doolittle said. “I’m just not sure if I have a suit that I can wear with it.”

When the A’s played in Minnesota a few weeks back, five players visited the Zubaz headquarters.

“We basically had free reign of the stock,” reliever Dan Otero said.

Would he ever wear one of those ties?

“I think if we were ever required to wear a tie on the road,” Otero replied.

That may not be out of the question.

“Show up on our plane,” A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich said. “You never know. It might be a staff tie.”


Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes took some swings in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon and reported afterward that his right shoulder felt good. The A’s held off on him throwing Wednesday, but he’s expected to play catch Thursday.

Cespedes still appears on track to at least serve as DH in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Detroit on Friday.