Sep 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) looks to the outfield as he hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 10/1: Cespedes Eager for Playoff Run, Why Pryor Didn't Play, Sharks Reward 3 Rookies

Cespedes Eager for Playoff Run

The family of Yoenis Cespedes is finally safe after a months-long ordeal that took them from Cuba to theDominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Miami and, at last, to the Bay Area to join him. Their arrival in itself is a major burden lifted for the Oakland left fielder.

He is far from satisfied with his performance on the field this season for the AL West champion Athletics, who are counting on Cespedes’ big bat to help carry them as they make another October run — in another first-round series with theDetroit Tigers, just like last year’s best-of-five AL division series that went the distance.

Cespedes is quick to acknowledge this year has been largely disappointing, aside from the thrill of capturing the Home Run Derby title during this summer’s All-Star game festivities in New York.

– Janie McCauley, Associated Press

Why the Raiders Sat Pryor

Terrelle Pryor requested a tinted visor be added to his helmet on Saturday night, which raised a giant red flag with Raiders coach Dennis Allen and the team’s medical staff.

Sensitivity to light is a concussion symptom, and it caused the team to take another look at their young quarterback. The Raiders eventually chose to sit Pryor during Sunday’s 24-14 loss to Washington.

– Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area

Three Rookies Join Sharks’ Roster

Rosters were set at noon Monday, and San Jose will have three forwards playing in their first NHL game when the season begins at home Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Nineteen-year-old Tomas Hertl, the team’s first-round pick in the 2012 draft, is set to become the youngest San Jose starter since Marc-Edouard Vlasic in 2006. Hertl, who turns 20 on Nov. 12, had been expected to make the team and ended up on a top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns.

But training-camp injuries to Raffi Torres and Adam Burish also created openings that have been filled by Matt Nieto, 20, and Freddie Hamilton, 21, both of whom leapfrogged over older prospects

– David Pollak, San Jose Mercury News

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