April 11, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Jonny Gomes (31) avoids being hit in the face before being walked during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics Vs. Royals: Oakland Wins Series With Walkoff 12th Inning HBP

The Oakland Athletics hosted the Kansas City Royals in a three-game series that began on Monday. Oakland managed to take two games in a bizarre series that included a rain-shortened game and a walkoff hit batsman. For more on the A's, check out Athletics Nation.

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Jonny Gomes Discusses HBP Extra-Innings Walkoff Win Over Royals [VIDEO]

The Oakland A's have had a wacky enough start to their 2012 already that getting themselves a victory over the Kansas City Royals without swinging the bat seems like some fitting retribution for their Japan trip, terrible weather and even worse attendance.

But you won't hear Jonny Gomes complaining, the man who took the winning pitch off his body to earn the A's the victory. Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton used two walks and another HBP of Yoenis Cespedes the batter before hand to make the improbable extra-inning comeback a reality, while handing Oakland their third victory of the season. Gomes spoke with the media after the game to discuss the odd finish, noting that it's easier to get beaned by Broxton than to hit off of him, and that a team could 'hit me four times' as long as the A's got a victory.

Gomes' two-run blast in the fourth was the reason the A's made it to extras, but he'll go down as the hero for taking one in the ribs.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Final Score: Oakland Wins 5-4 With Walkoff Hit-By-Pitch In 12th Inning

The Oakland Athletics played the visiting Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game series, with the A's looking to win their first series of the year. They did just that, by winning the game in bizarre walk-off fashion in 12 innings, 5-4.

The A's got on the board first. In the bottom of the second inning, Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff double and then got to show off his wheels for a change. With Kurt Suzuki at the plate, Cespedes stole third base and then raced home on a throwing error by Royals catcher Brayan Pena.

Pena redeemed himself for the error in the top of the next frame, as he doubled to center field and then scored on an Alex Gordon single to tie the game, 1-1. The Royals went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning on a Billy Butler solo home run to left-center field. Oakland took the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth, as Cespedes walked to lead off the inning and Jonny Gomes launched a home run to left field.

Kansas City once again tied up the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning on an Alex Gordon home run to center field. This game featured Gordon's first hit, RBI and home run of 2012.

Despite getting chances, neither team was able to score through the bottom of the ninth and the game went to extra innings.

In the top of the 12th inning, Eric Hosmer hit a two-out single off Jordan Norberto. Norberto was pulled for Andrew Carignan, who promptly gave up a double to Butler to put the Royals ahead once again, 4-3. Jonathan Broxton came on to attempt to get the save for the Royals.

The A's had one last chance at a rally in the bottom of the 12th. Daric Barton worked the count full but took a called third strike on the corner for out one. Pinch hitter Seth Smith reached first base on an error by shortstop Alcides Escobar and Jemile Weeks took a four-pitch walk to bring up Eric Sogard. Sogard also worked the count full, but drew a walk to load the bases with one out. With two strikes on him, Coco Crisp was able to pull a grounder to the right side to score the tying run and keep the A's alive. On the very next pitch, Broxton hit Cespedes with a pitch and once again loaded the bases to bring up Gomes. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Gomes was hit in the elbow with a pitch to end the game with a walk-off hit batsman and a win for the A's.

Cespedes, Weeks and Barton all hit doubles in the game. Barton had a pair of hits to raise his season average to .222. Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Oakland starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy put together a quality start, going six innings while allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

The Royals bullpen did a great job, allowing just two Oakland hits from the sixth inning on, when starter Bruce Chen was removed from the game.

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Athletics Vs. Royals: Start Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers And More

The Oakland Athletics had their game with the Kansas City Royals called early due to rain on Tuesday night. Now, with the series split at 1-1, the A's will go for their first series victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon. They will hand the ball to opening day starter Brandon McCarthy and will likely have a few backups in the lineup due to the early start following a late night on Tuesday.

Probable Pitchers: McCarthy will take on lefty Bruce Chen. He pitched six scoreless innings with four strikeouts against the Angels in his first start of the year. In his career, Chen has a record of 2-3 with an ERA of 4.61 against the Athletics.

Start Time: First pitch is set for 12:35 from Oakland Coliseum.

TV Coverage: Comcast Sports Net California will air the game live.

Weather: Rain showers are expected throughout the entire day. Temperatures will be in the high 50s.

Team Sites: Athletics Nation; Royals Review

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Athletics Vs. Royals Final Score: Oakland Musters 1 Hit In 3-0 Rain-Shortened Loss

The rains over Oakland delayed the start of Tuesday night's game against the visiting Kansas City Royals by about 40 minutes. The joke was that even after play began, the rains never let up. When the intermittent-to-steady rainfall finally became a downpour, play was finally suspended in the top of the eighth inning, with the A's trailing 3-0. After an hour delay, the game was finally called and the A's took the loss as the 3-0 score became final.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning, when Mike Moustakas drove in a run for the Royals with a double that glanced off the glove of center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, scoring Billy Butler and moving Jeff Francoeur to third base. Francoeur would come home on an Humberto Quintero sacrifice fly. The Royals would add a third run in the seventh inning, on a solo home run by Mitch Maier.

Cliff Pennington was the only Oakland batter to manage a hit off of Royals starter Danny Duffy, a double in the bottom of the third. Pennington was then picked off of second base by Duffy. The only other A's to reach base were the result of four walks: one each to Cespedes and Recker and two to Collin Cowgill. Duffy combined with Aaron Crow for the one-hit, seven-inning shutout.

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Jemile Weeks Comments On Whether The Current Oakland A's Can Stay Together

The Oakland Athletics made some puzzling moves this offseason, but their acquisition of Cuban free agent slugger Yoenis Cespedes definitely raised the most eyebrows. Although there were scattered rumblings that the A's acquired Cespedes to be able to flip him for a different package of players, it appeared that a promising new team was beginning to be assembled.

On Monday night, the monstrous home runs that Cespedes has walloped already in the young season seemed to have little-to-no impact on A's home attendance, which was absolutely awful for their game against the Kansas City Royals.

Before Monday's game, Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News spoke to a couple of players about whether they think the front office will be able to allow the team to grow into something legitimate, or whether dismal attendance and lack of confidence will end up breaking the current Athletics apart.

When I asked Jemile Weeks if he thinks this young group could grow and eventually win together, he shrugged and said, "We all hope we can be around each other; it's not our decision who stays and who goes."

It's hard to read inflection into Weeks' comments, but it certainly sounds pessimistic. Hopefully the team will be given opportunities to succeed and the fans will find reasons to come support their team in person.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Final Score: Oakland Hangs On For 1-0 Win

The Oakland Athletics headed into Monday night looking to get back in the win column after two losses against the Seattle Mariners. They kicked off a series against the visiting Kansas City Royals and hung in for the 1-0 win.

The game was a low-impact, low-scoring affair, with A's lefty starter Tom Milone strutting his stuff in his first start of the year. Oakland scored a run in the bottom of the second inning when Josh Donaldson singled home Seth Smith. That's where the scoring would stand for the duration of the game. The A's had plenty of chances to extend their lead, but ended up stranding 10 runners on base.

Milone went eight strong innings, allowing three hits and three walks, becoming just the second Oakland pitcher to throw eight or more shutout innings in his A's debut. Grant Balfour pitched the ninth inning and picked up the save.

Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with a walk, while rookie slugger Yoenis Cespedes was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Preview: Young Teams Collide In Oakland

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.

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