American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 18th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (20-18) at Oakland Athletics (21-22), 9:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Ervin Santana (3-2, 2.79)
Oakland - Max Scherzer (3-5, 3.71)
(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals seek revenge for their series-
opening loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday when they tangle with them
at the O.co Coliseum in the second installment of a three-game set.
Kansas City starter James Shields stifled the A's for much of the night on
Friday, but served up a leadoff blast to Josh Donaldson in the seventh that
tied the game. Adam Rosales scorched a leadoff homer in the bottom of the
eighth inning to lift Oakland to a 2-1 win in the first meeting of the season
between these clubs.
"He's pitched great," Royals manager Ned Yost said on Shieds's performance.
"Every time he steps on the mound, he competes his heart out. It's just one of
those games where we can't give him much support."
David Lough, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha before the game, collected
two of Kansas City's five hits and knocked in the lone run for the Royals, who
have lost five of their last seven games. He was hitting .340 (52-for-153) for
Triple-A Omaha with three home runs, three triples, six doubles, five stolen
bases and 17 RBIs in 36 games.
"Things lately have been going super-well for me," Lough said. "The first week
I struggled down there and I just tried to get back to what I was doing in
Spring Training, trying to stay consistent."
Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games, but he
and Billy Butler struck out two times each. The Royals now enter Saturday
trailing the Indians and Tigers by two games for first place in the AL
They have a good chance of gaining ground with Ervin Santana headed to the
hill on Saturday. Although Santana gave up four runs and two home runs to the
New York Yankees in his last start on Sunday, he was very impressive for a
long stretch prior to that.
"It doesn't matter about the names," said Santana after seeing his record fall
to 3-2. "If you do the little things, you're going to win games. That's how it
Before losing to New York, he went 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last five
Oakland will counter with Tommy Milone, who enters 3-5 with a 3.71 ERA.
Milone also struggled on Sunday, allowing five runs to Seattle in just five
"I was getting behind in the count, and then I was pretty much having
to throw the ball over the plate to get back into the count," he said, "and
they were waiting for it."
The southpaw is on a five-game losing streak despite posting a 3.62 ERA with
31 strikeouts during that stretch.
Oakland was led offensively on Friday by Donaldson, who finished 2-for-3 to
raise his average to .323. Rosales's home run on Friday was just his second of
the year. Oakland went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left four
The Royals won five of nine versus the Athletics last season, but lost two of
three in their lone trip to Oakland.
05/18 10:19:35 ET