Melvin brings A's home to take on Kansas City

June 14, 2011, 6:21 pm
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June 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY (29-37) vs.
A'S (28-39)
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- Not much has gone right for Trevor Cahill or the Oakland Athletics of late. A matchup with the Kansas City Royals could be just what both need to turn their fortunes around.Looking to win a fourth consecutive home start against the Royals, Cahill takes the mound seeking his first victory in more than a month as A's interim manager Bob Melvin makes his home debut Tuesday night.
Melvin took over for the fired Bob Geren on Thursday but the last-place Athletics (28-39) didn't immediately show improvement, dropping three of four to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.
Oakland fell 5-4 on Sunday and committed six errors during the series. The A's 51 errors are the second most in the AL - one behind Texas' total.
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"We don't have a true third baseman right now, but we're not going to use that as an excuse," Melvin said. "We're going to continue to work on our defense and it's going to get better."
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The club's starting pitching also needs to get better, as Oakland starters have gone 0-10 with a 7.23 ERA during the team's 1-12 stretch.Cahill (6-4, 3.18 ERA), who had his turn moved up to Tuesday due to Monday's off day, will be looking to bounce back after tying the second-shortest start of his career his last time out.The right-hander lasted 2 2-3 innings and allowed a season-worst six runs in a 9-4 defeat to the White Sox on Thursday. Only a 2 1-3-inning, seven-run effort in May 2009 was shorter.
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After going 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA over his first 10 starts, Cahill has gone 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in his four most recent outings. He hasn't won since May 9.Given his success in this series at home, he could be in line for a strong performance. Cahill, who pitched a three-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Royals on Aug. 2 for his only career shutout, is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA against Kansas City in Oakland.The A's have won 14 of 20 meetings with the Royals, who had lost 14 of 17 on the road overall before taking two of three from the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. Kansas City (29-37) prevailed 9-0 on Sunday and outscored the Angels 18-9 during the three-game set.The Royals have won three of four since a 4-14 slump.
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"We need to get it turned around and get on a bit of a run," manager Ned Yost said. "I think we've won (three of four) after that little stretch that was painful to live through. But, if we can get on a bit of a run, we can make it interesting."Rookie Danny Duffy (0-2, 5.55) aims for his first major league win in his sixth try. The left-hander gave up season highs of five runs and eight hits over four innings of a 9-8 loss to Toronto on Wednesday."I'm frustrated," he said. "I went out to do my job and I tried. I've got no regrets but I want nothing more than to win for these guys. My frustration is about that. I want to win for these guys."