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OZZIE CANSECO HITS THE BIG TIME AND STRIKES OUT

Ozzie Canseco may look like Jose Canseco, but knows he has a long way to go before he can match swings with his twin brother.

Ozzie was called out on strikes in his first major-league at-bat Wednesday for the Oakland Athletics after being called up from the team's AA affiliate in Huntsville, Ala.Jose, who hit two home runs in the same game, the second of a doubleheader sweep by the Athletics over Cleveland, can identify with Ozzie's big-league start.

"I had it (striking out) happen to me about 12 times in a row," Jose said. "He can't do any worse. We have a chance to be the first twins to battle for the MVP.

"I definitely think he's capable of doing it. He doesn't have the experience yet. He started as a pitcher and I went the power-hitter route and I got a headstart."

Ozzie could have used a headstart Wednesday because being struck out by Cleveland's Jesse Orosco was just the end of a long day. Contacted by Oakland manager Tony La Russa on Tuesday night, Ozzie missed a night of sleep and then spent Wednesday morning traveling.

"It was a strain because I just got off a plane and I haven't slept in 24 hours," Ozzie said. "It (his first at-bat) was just strange. Orosco threw three really tough pitches. He didn't show me anything over the plate to hit."