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.

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

With the ninth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select ... Andre Iguodala.

The 76ers are captivated by a potential reunion with the soon-to-be free agent, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Iguodala? 

Iguodala spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philly.

He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 615 games (all starts).

In 2012 -- his final season with the 76ers -- he was an All-Star.

In August 2012, Iguodala was traded to Denver.

After the Nuggets lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2013, he landed with the Warriors.

According to ESPN's report, the 76ers are one of seven teams -- Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets, Jazz -- interested in Iguodala.

The 2015 Finals MVP will turn 34 years old in January.

A week ago, Iguodala called into KBLX 102.9 FM and said the following:

"Business is business so you gotta do your due diligence. And I'll let my people do their thing, see how that goes. The Bay has been special to me, so you always have your perfect situation and hopefully that gets done.

"I'm gonna let my people do their job. And I just want everybody to be respectful of that and not get too emotional about it because I've been getting hit up crazy and I haven't said anything."

Iguodala has earned over $120 million in his career.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

A's lineup: Lowrie back batting third, Maxwell behind the dish

A's lineup: Lowrie back batting third, Maxwell behind the dish

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After sweeping the White Sox, the A's look to carry that momentum over to Houston when they face the division-leading Astros. Bob Melvin has issued his lineup for the series opener.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (R) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) 2B
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Sean Manaea -- LHP

Chicago White Sox:
1. George Springer (R) RF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS
4. Evan Gattis (R) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF
8. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
9. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
Mike Fiers -- RHP