DETROIT -- More than 1,600 miles away from their childhood baseball diamonds, Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias and Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes are facing off in the American League Division Series.
The two Cuba natives have been seen joking around with each other throughout the series, whether it's Iglesias tapping at Cespedes' legs when he begins to take a lead from second base or Cespedes giving a playful slap at Iglesias afterwards.
"Yoenis Cespedes, I know him from Cuba, obviously," Iglesias said. "But, yeah, we're really good friends."
Cespedes first learned about Iglesias through watching him on television and seeing Iglesias dazzle for the junior national team. Now both are shining in the spotlight on baseball's biggest stage.
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