Athletics Vs. Royals Preview: Young Teams Collide In Oakland

April 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen (52) pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Athletics will host the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series beginning on Monday. The A's will have to contend with a young Royals team trying to make a statement at the beginning of the season.

The Oakland Athletics have gotten off to a moderately shaky start at the beginning of the 2012 season. They're 1-3 after dropping the first series of the year against the Seattle Mariners -- a series that began in Japan and finished in the East Bay.

The A's will have a bit more conventional series ahead, as the Kansas City Royals will come to town on Monday to begin a three-game series. The Royals have a surprising young team that opened their season by taking two of three from supposed instant World Series contenders the new-look Los Angeles Angels.

The Royals have some great young bats in their lineup, including Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler. They've also got plenty of live arms in their bullpen, even if their closer Joakim Soria is likely out for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Monday night's game begins at 7:05 p.m. PT. Luis Mendoza will be on the hill for the Royals, while potential breakout lefty Tom Milone will start for the A's. The game will be televised on CSN-California, while the radio broadcast can be found on 95.7 The Game.

Tuesday's game will also begin at 7:05 p.m. PT. KC's Danny Duffy and Oakland's Graham Godfrey will both get their first starts of the season. The game will be televised on the MLB Network, as well as on CSN-California, while the radio broadcast can be found on 95.7 The Game.

The series will wrap up on Wednesday, with the first pitch at 12:35 p.m. PT. Brandon McCarthy will enter the game 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and try to even up his record. The Royals will have their lefty ace Bruce Chen starting the game. Chen took a no decision in his first outing, but didn't allow a run against the potent offense of the Angels on Opening Day. The game will not be televised in the Bay Area, but the radio broadcast can once again be found on 95.7 The Game.


Current Series

3 game series vs Royals @ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Kansas City Royals
@ Oakland Athletics

Monday, Apr 9, 2012, 7:05 PM PDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Luis Mendoza vs Tom Milone

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Tue 04/10 7:05 PM PDT
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