Yoenis Cespedes sits again, and Mike Scioscia still doesn’t like the Home Run Derby.

As good as the Angels’ pitching has been in the first two games of their series against the Oakland A’s, it’s been hard to ignore the big piece missing from the middle of the A’s lineup.

Yoenis Cespedes is dealing with a sore left wrist that will sideline him for a third consecutive game today. Manager Bob Melvin has said he doesn’t believe the injury is related to Cespedes taking part in — and handily winning — the Home Run Derby on Monday in New York.

Regardless, Cespedes’ absence certainly won’t improve Angels manager Mike Scioscia‘s opinion of the derby — at least, the toll it takes on hitters.

“That’s a lot of high-energy swings for anybody,” Scioscia said. “Some guys come out of it fine. Some guys come out of it not quite where they want to be. It’s just a personal decision I think players have to make.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.