A's take early lead for series victory vs. Royals

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A's take early lead for series victory vs. Royals

June 16, 2011BOX SCORE A'S VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

OAKLAND (AP) Jemile Weeks played through some nerves, Gio Gonzalez played through an illness and the Oakland Athletics played well enough for their first series win under interim manager Bob Melvin.Weeks had two hits and drove in three runs, and Hideki Matsui homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.Matsui's solo blast gave him a combined 499 homers in Japan and the U.S. and helped Oakland win a second straight game for the first time since a four-game streak May 26-29.NEWS: Melvin ejected, Matsui hits 499th career HR"The first couple of days were shaky from nerves and I just tried to stay confident," said Weeks, hitting .344 (11 for 32) since his June 7 callup. "I'm just going out there and playing as hard as I can."Melky Cabrera had two hits and drove in a run for the Royals, who lost their second straight. Jeff Francoeur, Wilson Betemit and Brayan Pena each added an RBI."He was establishing his fastball and left it up in the zone and we were chasing it," said Francoeur, who also struck out four times. "That's not a good combination, especially when you throw 94 miles an hour like he does."Daric Barton drove in two runs, and Coco Crisp and Kurt Suzuki each had an RBI in support of Gio Gonzalez (6-5), who ended a personal three-game slide for his first win since May 17."There were a couple of innings where I had to sit down and take a deep breath," Gonzalez said. "My throat is a little sore and I feel a little weak but I didn't want to show any weakness."Gonzalez allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out 10."He's usually pretty animated and he was subdued," Melvin said. "You could tell he was feeling it."Jeff Francis (3-7) gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits over 3 1-3 innings, his second- shortest outing of the season. He walked two and did not strike out a batter in a game for the first time."I was falling behind guys in certain situations and that doesn't do me any good," Francis said. "When I did throw a good pitch they put some good swings on them."Melvin earned his first ejection in an Oakland uniform, getting tossed by third base umpire Tim Tschida in the top of the third."There was some miscommunication," Melvin said. "Tim thought I was arguing with him but I was just waving my arms and yelling because I thought we weren't getting calls. It was not great form getting kicked out."Weeks' two-out double scored two runners in the second during the A's four-run rally."Hitting is contagious in my opinion and when guys are hitting like that you think, 'Well, I better go up there and get a hit,'" Weeks said.Matsui led off the third with his sixth home run of the season and third in seven games after going homerless in his previous 23 games. Barton later added his second RBI of the game."I don't know the time difference but I'm pretty sure a lot of people in Japan will be watching," Melvin said.The Royals scored twice in the fifth to make it 6-2 on Cabrera's single and Francoeur's double.Weeks singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth and Suzuki doubled home a run in the seventh.Betemit and Pena each doubled in a run for the Royals in the eighth.Notes: Francis has not won consecutive road starts since 2007. He has a 6.93 ERA away from Kansas City. ... Barton tied Sean Casey for most games to start a season without a home run by a first baseman at 63. ... Melvin plans to give Matsui a start in each of the series played in National League parks during interleague play. ... Cabrera has a hit in 12 of his past 14 games. ... Francoeur went 1 for 5 and is now 2 for 20 with seven strikeouts on the road trip. ... A's right fielder Conor Jackson had a hit and walked against Francis, improving to .436 (17 for 39) against the left-hander.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

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Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.