KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 3: Curt Young #41 pitching coach of the Oakland Athletics goes to the mound to talk with Andrew Carignan #38 and infielders during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium June 3, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Athletics Vs. Royals: Oakland Shut Out Twice As They Drop Series

The A's snapped their losing streak, but ended up right back in the loss column. They fell to the Royals in a three-game series.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Final Score: Oakland Suffers Second Shutout Of Series, 2-0

The Oakland Athletics managed to score nine runs in their series against the Kansas City Royals, but all of those runs came in the middle game of the three-game set. The Athletics were shut out for the second time in three days as they took a 2-0 loss on Sunday.

Eric Hosmer led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run. The only other run in the game came courtesy of an RBI single by Johnny Giavotella in the bottom of the fifth.

The A's managed seven hits in the game, all singles. They were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Collin Cowgill and Josh Reddick each had two hits in the game. Oakland starter Tom Milone had a quality start, going seven innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Final Score: Oakland Snaps 9-Game Losing Streak With 9-3 Win

The Oakland Athletics finally snapped a nine-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon as they bested the hometown Kansas City Royals by a final score of 9-3.

Jemile Weks led off the game with a triple and scored on a Collin Cowgill groundout, but the Royals evened things up in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Jeff Francoeur.

The A's went ahead in the top of the fourth, as Yoenis Cespedes doubled to lead off the inning and made it to third base on a fielding error, then came home on a wild pitch. Oakland followed that up with a big fifth inning, as they hung a four-spot on the board. Josh Reddick hit a two-run triple, Cespedes hit an RBI single and Kila Ka'aihue hit an RBI double that made it 6-1 Athletics.

The Royals picked up a run each in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, but the A's piled on three more runs in the top of the eighth, with an RBI single by Adam Rosales and a run-scoring error that allowed Reddick to reach base.

Cespedes was 3-for-5, while Weeks was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy improved to 4-3 in his first game back from the DL, going six innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks.

The A's will go for the series win in the rubber game on Sunday.

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Brandon McCarthy Activated From Disabled List, Unhappy Daric Barton Sent Down

The Oakland Athletics have reinstated starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the disabled list after suffering from a strained shoulder muscle a few weeks ago. The injury was never believed to be serious, although clubs always take every precaution when dealing with a shoulder injury on a pitcher.

McCarthy is scheduled to start on Saturday against the Royals in Kansas City, and he is expected to have no real limitations on the mound.

Daric Barton was sent down to the Minor Leagues in order to make room for McCarthy. He was reportedly not too happy about being sent down.

Barton was hitting just .198 with an OPS of .608 leading up to the demotion, so it really shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. He is still on the 40-man roster and will likely be called up to Oakland at some point this season, although he'll need to turn his year around in Triple-A if he hopes to have much of a role with the team moving forward.

The A's are schedule to begin their game with the Royals at 11:10 a.m. PST.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Final Score: Oakland Shut Out Again In 2-0 Loss

The Oakland Athletics are trying to get their offense started again after getting swept by the Yankees and Twins. They weren't able to turn things around on Friday, as they kicked off a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals and took the 2-0 loss.

It was the first inning that did the damage. Oakland starter Bartolo Colon led off the game by issuing a walk to Alex Gordon, who then scored on a Yuniesky Betancourt double. Betancourt scored on an RBI single by Mike Moustakas and just like that, the game was in the bag for the Royals.

The A's managed just three hits and four walks in the game. Two of those hits came from Jemile Weeks, whose game-opening double was the only Oakland extra-base hit.

Colon had a quality start, but ended up taking his sixth loss of the year. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in seven innings of work.

With the loss, the A's have now dropped nine straight games. Four of those nine losses have been shutouts.

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Yoenis Cespedes Returns To Oakland Athletics, Could Be Used In LF

The Oakland Athletics activated slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list on Friday, taking the roster spot opened by Tyson Ross on Thursday. Now the A's have to figure out where he slots into their outfield moving forward.

Even though the Cuban native was thought to be Oakland's everyday center fielder, Cespedes was playing strictly left field on his rehab assignment with the Sacramento Rivercats, where he went 3-9 with a run and a walk. Coco Crisp was the center fielder before Cespedes' arrival, and has played nine games there since his return form the DL.

Cespedes told CSN Bay Area's Casey Pratt that he is comfortable playing left field, having some experience playing there in Cuba.

"I played some time there in the National Cuban team and in Cuba too in the regular series," Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto. "It's OK, but I want to help the team. Whatever position they want me to play I will play."

Either way, he will be a sight for sore Oakland fans' eyes who were 15-13 with him in their lineup and just 7-15 without him. He led all AL rookies with 5 homers and 21 RBI when he hit the DL back in the middle of May.

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Athletics Vs. Royals Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The A's need a win desperately. A series win would be even better. They visit the Royals for a three-game series.

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