American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (3-2) at Oakland Athletics (2-4), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (0-0, 0.00)
Oakland - Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 2.25)
(Sports Network) - Bruce Chen hopes for a little run support this evening when
the Kansas City Royals conclude a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics
at the Coliseum.
Chen scattered three hits over six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim on Friday, but did not get a decision in his team's 5-0
loss. He also struck out four without walking anyone.
"Oh, wow, man, Bruce really pitched a heck of a game," Royals manager Ned Yost
said. "I was proud of Bruce to come out and give us six strong innings like he
Chen is 2-3 lifetime against the A's with a 4.61 ERA in 11 games, seven of
which have been starts.
Oakland, meanwhile, will turn to righty Brandon McCarthy, who will be making
his third start of the season, but is still looking for his first win. After a
terrific Opening Day start in Japan, McCarthy was less impressive against
Seattle on Friday, as he was charged with the loss and allowed five runs (two
earned) and seven hits in five innings to raise his ERA to 2.25 on the year.
"It was bad, about as bad as it's been in a long time," McCarthy said. "Just
very little feel, kind of the complete opposite of how I felt in Tokyo. I felt
very sharp there, could execute mostly everything I wanted to do. Tonight,
[it] just wasn't the case. For some reason, I just lost all feel for anything
I was trying to do. The first two innings felt sharp. Things just kind of sped
up in the third, and I couldn't really get it back."
McCarthy has faced the Royals 10 times (two starts) and is 1-1 with a 5.48
On Tuesday, Danny Duffy pitched six innings of one-hit ball in a steady rain,
helping Kansas City to a 3-0 win.
A delay of 40-plus minutes preceded the start of the game, and the rain
continued to fall throughout the night. The game was called with two outs in
the top of the eighth inning when the conditions seemed to worsen a bit.
Duffy (1-0), a California native, walked four and struck out eight.
The rain didn't dampen Duffy's spirits.
"I had a great time out there. I couldn't help but smile a couple times. [It
was] a lot of fun," said Duffy, who had family and friends in attendance.
Aaron Crow tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and picked up his first career save.
Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits and scored a run for the
Royals, who were shut out 1-0 in Monday's series-opener.
Graham Godfrey (0-1) allowed two runs on six hits in six frames for the A's.
"I thought [Godfrey] did fine," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. "We just
couldn't get it going offensively."
Oakland was 5-4 versus the Royals last season.
04/11 10:31:53 ET