Will Josh Outman be the A's first June winner?


Will Josh Outman be the A's first June winner?

June 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY (30-37) vs.
A's (28-40)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

OAKLAND (AP) -- Though Kansas City has not fared well away from home this season, it's off to a good start on a nine-game trip.

The Royals look for a season-high third consecutive road victory Wednesday night against the struggling Oakland Athletics, who try to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.

Kansas City (30-37) is 9-17 away from home, but took two of three against the Los Angeles Angels last weekend and won 7-4 at Oakland on Tuesday. It was just the Royals' third win in nine games at the Coliseum.

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"It was big for us to be able to go down to L.A. and take two of three from a good Angels team," said rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer, who had two hits and an RBI. "If we can get out of here with a few more victories and head into St. Louis with some momentum, that will be big for us."

Alcides Escobar had three hits with two RBIs and Billy Butler drove in two for the Royals, who have scored 25 runs on the trip.

Escobar is batting .500 (13 for 26) during a season-high seven-game hitting streak, while Butler has hit .346 with nine RBIs his last seven. Butler has six RBIs his last five games versus Oakland.

The Royals look to continue their recent success at the plate behind scheduled starter Luke Hochevar (4-6, 5.04 ERA), who is 0-5 with a 7.26 ERA in six starts against the A's (28-40).

Most of Hochevar's struggles against the A's have come in Oakland where he's allowed 20 earned runs, 22 hits and walked nine in 12 innings to lose all three starts there. However, he allowed one run and four hits without a walk in seven innings of a 4-3 home win over the A's on May 7.

The right-hander recorded his first win in seven starts when he gave up two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday.

"You make quality pitches and you get guys out," Hochevar told the Royals' official website. "Then it makes it look like you kept your composure."

Oakland's starting pitchers have struggled to make quality pitches while posting a 7.30 ERA during the club's current stretch of 13 losses in 14 games.

After Trevor Cahill walked seven batters and lasted 4 1-3 innings in the opener, left-hander Josh Outman (1-1, 4.15) takes the mound after he allowed three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss at Baltimore on Wednesday.

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Making just his second home start in 2011, Outman faces the Royals for the first time since he limited them to a run and three hits in six innings of a 7-2 win May 13, 2009.

Hideki Matsui and Scott Sizemore each had two hits with a RBI on Tuesday as the A's dropped their season-high fourth straight home game.

"That's not what we were looking for our first game home," Bob Melvin said after managing his first home game for the A's since replacing the fired Bob Geren last week. "We will be back at it (Wednesday)."

Though Matsui is batting .185 with 11 RBIs his last 27 games, he's 6 for 18 with two homers and six RBIs his last five. He's batting .308 against the Royals this season.

Team USA dominates Puerto Rico to win 2017 World Baseball Classic

Team USA dominates Puerto Rico to win 2017 World Baseball Classic

LOS ANGELES -- Marcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries.

Stroman dominated the tournament's highest-scoring team. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S. territory finished runner-up for the second time, having lost to the Dominican Republic in the 2013 final.

Stroman, who was named the tournament's MVP, avenged his shakiness in the Americans' 6-5 loss to Puerto Rico during pool play. The right-hander from the Toronto Blue Jays retired the side on three grounders to open the game. In all, he gave up one hit, struck out three and walked one on 73 pitches.

He allowed just three balls past the infield until Angel Pagan's double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh, when Stroman departed to a standing ovation, having staked the Americans to a 7-0 lead.

Stroman walked Carlos Beltran leading off the second, but the defense helped him out. Yadier Molina hit the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who started a double play before Stroman struck out Javier Baez to end the inning.

The U.S. pounded out 13 hits and finished with a 6-2 record while making the final for the first time in front of 51,565 at Dodger Stadium.

Kinsler homered off an 0-1 pitch from Seth Lugo into left-center field in the third, scoring Jonathan Lucroy, who singled leading off.

Lugo of the New York Mets allowed four runs and five hits, struck out seven and walked four in four innings. The right-hander won his first two starts of the tournament, including in the second round against Stroman and the U.S.

In that game, Stroman gave up six consecutive singles in a four-run first inning and took the loss against Puerto Rico last Friday in San Diego.

The Americans made it 4-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen.

Fans wore flags of both countries as capes and decorated their faces in team colors. Puerto Rico boosters pounded cowbells, tooted horns and blew whistles early on before their team fell behind 4-0.

Fans were on their feet chanting "U-S-A" when the Americans loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs. They were rewarded with Crawford's two-run single that chased J.C. Romero, extending the lead to 6-0.

The U.S. tacked on another run on Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single off Hiram Burgos past diving shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Burgos' wild pitch moved runners to second and third before he walked Lucroy to load the bases a second time. Kinsler flied out to end the inning.

The Americans led 8-0 in the eighth on McCutchen's RBI single with two outs.

The U.S. defeated two-time champion Japan, while Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands to reach the final.

The three games at Dodger Stadium drew 109,892.

Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks, Antetokounmpo at home

Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks, Antetokounmpo at home


SACRAMENTO -- The Milwaukee Bucks are where the Sacramento Kings hope to be in two seasons - young, athletic and on their way to the playoffs. Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center, the visiting team jumped all of the Kings early on their way to a 116-98 win. 

The Greek Freak didn’t let up on his fellow countryman, Georgios Papagiannis. Giannis Antetokounmpo went at the Kings from the opening tip, finishing the night with 32 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.  

Former Kings Jason Terry and Spencer Hawes heard boos every time they touched the ball. Unfortunately for Sacramento, they hit almost every shot they took, combining for 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting.

Greg Monroe added 15 points and five rebounds. Mirza Teletovic finished with 13 points off the bench and Khris Middleton hit 3-for-6 from long range to score 13. 

Rookie Buddy Hield put on a shooting clinic. The 22-year-old shooting guard dropped in 8-of-16 from the field on his way to 21 points and four rebounds

Darren Collison set up his teammates from the opening tip. The veteran point guard dropped in 10 points and a team-high seven assists, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Garrett Temple stepped up his scoring, chipping in 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and chipped in three rebounds in the loss. 

Willie Cauley-Stein stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks. 

Arron Afflalo started at the small forward position and added 12 on 5-of-9 shooting. Tyreke Evans came off the bench, posting 18 points in 20 minutes of action behind Afflalo.

Skal Labissiere managed to shake off a rough first half to drop in eight points and grab eight rebounds, and fellow rookie Georgios Papagiannis picked up four points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes off Dave Joerger’s bench.  


Antetokounmpo was as advertised and more. The 6-foot-11 forward gave the Kings fits from start to finish on his way to another huge performance.


The Bucks blew up in the first half, scoring 69 points on 61.4 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. This game was over before the teams headed in for the break.


Kosta Koufos and Ty Lawson both missed the game for scheduled rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is out with a right hamstring thickness tear, but is expected back soon. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles. 


The Kings hit the road again following the game against Milwaukee. They will face the Golden State Warriors on Friday evening at Oracle Arena, followed by a stop in Los Angeles on Sunday to visit the Clippers.