Kansas City at Oakland

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    Athletics 10, Royals 8

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    PHOENIX (AP) - After a strong debut, Yoenis Cespedes struggled in his second spring game in the majors.

    A day after the Cuban defector homered in his first game, he went hitless in three at-bats, with a walk, in the Oakland A's 10-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

    "I thought he had some decent at-bats," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He didn't have the results he had yesterday, but I think we can give him a break. We were probably all expecting him to get three more hits and hit a couple home runs, but he looks good up there. They threw him some good pitches."

    Cespedes flied out, lined out and struck out. He also drew a walk and was shaken up briefly when he fouled a ball off the top of his left foot, but stayed in the game.

    He is 2 for 6 in his two games with the A's, who signed him to a four-year, $36-million deal earlier this month. Cespedes, who was the designated hitter on Sunday, is scheduled to play next on Tuesday, when he'll be back in center field.

    Kansas City's Eric Hosmer drove in four runs, including two on his first homer of the spring.

    "It kind of gets the monkey off your back a little bit," Hosmer said. "It's a good feeling getting that swing and building off it for the rest of spring training."

    Hosmer, who hadn't homered in his first 17 spring training at-bats, hit it off left-hander Tommy Milone. Last year Hosmer hit .237 with only one of his 19 homers against left-handed pitchers.

    "This was a guy who keeps you off balance and changes speeds a lot, so I was just focusing on taking that ball to left-center," said Hosmer, who lifted his average to .316. "It was a changeup, and I stayed on it."

    Milone, a leading candidate for one of the three vacant spots in the rotation, gave up just those two runs in 3 2-3 innings. He's allowed three earned runs in 8 2-3 innings this spring.

    "I feel good," he said. "Since the first bullpen session, I've really had the command that I want. I've thrown strikes and kept the ball low. I've felt more in season form now than in previous years. Usually it comes a little later."

    Royals starter Bruce Chen bounced back for a rough first start to give up one run in three innings.

    NOTES: Eric Sogard's three-run double in the eighth gave the A's a two-run lead. ... With two outs in the ninth and the potential tying run in scoring position, A's 2B Adam Rosales saved the game with a diving stop of Kevin Kouzmanoff's grounder. ... The A's optioned LHP Sean Doolittle and OF Jermaine Mitchell and reassigned RHP Edgar Gonzalez, RHP Sonny Gray, RHP Jim Miller, RHP Merkin Valdez, LHP Fabio Castro, C Max Stassi, OF Michael Choice, OF Grant Green, OF Cedric Hunter and OF Jason Pridie. ... Oakland 1B Daric Barton is scheduled to make his spring debut as the DH on Monday against the White Sox. Barton has been out because of a biceps problem. He also underwent shoulder surgery last year. Barton is unlikely to be ready to for the opener on March 29 in Japan. ... Oakland's Kila Ka'aihue hit a two-run homer against his former team. ... Royals reliever Jonathan Broxton gave up an unearned run in 2-3 of inning in a `B' game against the Rangers. Broxton gave up a hit and two walks and he struck out one. Broxton, who has been coming back from elbow surgery, is scheduled to pitch Wednesday in a regular exhibition game. ... Mike Montgomery, one of the Royals' top prospects, was charged with five runs in 2-3 of an inning against the A's.

     
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    Kansas City Royals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Lorenzo Cain, CF2110100 .500
       a- Mitch Maier, PH-CF2023000 .500
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B4120003 .294
        Irving Falu, 2B0000100 .364
    Eric Hosmer, 1B3124012 .316
        Clint Robinson, 1B2000011 .143
    Billy Butler, DH3000013 .389
       b- Max Ramirez, PH-DH1000100 .400
        Greg Golson, PR-DH0000000 .000
    Jeff Francoeur, RF3000002 .154
        Wil Myers, RF2010012 .286
    Mike Moustakas, 3B3000000 .222
        Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B2000003 .300
    Brayan Pena, C3110000 .308
        Cody Clark, C0100100 .333
    Derrick Robinson, LF1100100 .375
        David Lough, LF1110000 .556
    Alcides Escobar, SS3111001 .286
        Tony Abreu, SS1000001 .250
    Totals36811854  
    a-tripled for Cain in the 6th
    b-grounded out for Butler in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (2, Milone), Eric Hosmer (2, Cook), Brayan Pena (2, Godfrey)
    3B - Mitch Maier (1, Godfrey)
    HR - Eric Hosmer (1, Milone)
    SH - David Lough (1)
    RBI - Mitch Maier 3 (4), Eric Hosmer 4 (6), Alcides Escobar (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Mitch Maier 3 (4), Eric Hosmer 4 (4), Alcides Escobar (2)
    SB - Lorenzo Cain (1, 2nd base off Cook/Recker), Derrick Robinson (1, 3rd base off Cook/Recker)
    CS - Mitch Maier (1, 2nd base by Figueroa/Recker)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Escobar-Betancourt-Hosmer
    E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Kansas City Royals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Bruce Chen 3211010 9.64
    Mike Montgomery (BS,1) 0.2355201 20.25
    Nate Adcock 0.1411000 2.08
    Tommy Hottovy 1100010 0.00
    Francisley Bueno 1000000 0.00
    Kelvin Herrera 1200020 2.25
    Blake Wood (BS,1; L,1-1) 1130220 0.00
    WP - Mike Montgomery (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 13-13, Mike Montgomery 17-7, Nate Adcock 5-5, Tommy Hottovy 5-5, Francisley Bueno 3-3, Kelvin Herrera 9-9, Blake Wood 20-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 2-6, Mike Montgomery 1-1, Nate Adcock 1-0, Tommy Hottovy 1-0, Francisley Bueno 2-1, Blake Wood 1-1
    Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 11, Mike Montgomery 7, Nate Adcock 5, Tommy Hottovy 3, Francisley Bueno 3, Kelvin Herrera 5, Blake Wood 7
    Oakland Athletics
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jemile Weeks, 2B4021000 .364
        Adam Rosales, 2B1100000 .400
    Coco Crisp, CF4011011 .278
        Michael Taylor, RF1000002 .188
    Yoenis Cespedes, DH3000112 .400
       a- Jeff Fiorentino, PH-DH0100100 .400
    Jonny Gomes, LF3210001 .190
        Eric Sogard, SS2013010 .370
    Josh Donaldson, 3B5020012 .276
    Seth Smith, RF3111000 .300
        Brandon Moss, LF1010000 .417
    Anthony Recker, C4120002 .273
        Derek Norris, C0000000 .222
    Kila Ka'aihue, 1B3112111 .200
        Cedric Hunter, PR0100000 .250
        Chris Carter, 1B0000000 .278
    Cliff Pennington, SS2210100 .381
        Grant Green, CF1000011 .167
    Totals371013846  
    a-walked for Cespedes in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Jemile Weeks (2, Chen), Jonny Gomes (2, Adcock), Eric Sogard (3, Wood), Cliff Pennington (2, Chen)
    3B - Seth Smith (1, Montgomery)
    HR - Kila Ka'aihue (1, Montgomery)
    RBI - Jemile Weeks (6), Coco Crisp (3), Eric Sogard 3 (6), Seth Smith (2), Kila Ka'aihue 2 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Jemile Weeks (1), Coco Crisp (2), Eric Sogard 3 (4), Seth Smith (2), Kila Ka'aihue 2 (2)
    SB - Cedric Hunter (1, 2nd base off Wood/Clark)
    Team LOB - 7
    Oakland Athletics
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Tommy Milone 3.2422011 3.12
    Jordan Norberto 0.1000000 5.40
    Ryan Cook (H,3) 1122210 4.50
    Graham Godfrey (BS,1) 2544100 9.00
    Pedro Figueroa (W,1-0) 1100000 0.00
    Fautino De Los Santos (S,1) 1000220 2.70
    WP - Ryan Cook (1), Fautino De Los Santos 2 (3)
    Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 20-19, Jordan Norberto 1-1, Ryan Cook 16-6, Graham Godfrey 15-11, Pedro Figueroa 4-3, Fautino De Los Santos 19-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 4-6, Jordan Norberto 1-0, Graham Godfrey 3-3, Pedro Figueroa 1-1, Fautino De Los Santos 1-0
    Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 15, Jordan Norberto 1, Ryan Cook 6, Graham Godfrey 12, Pedro Figueroa 3, Fautino De Los Santos 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4840
    Game Time - 3:05
    Temperature - 74
    Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Mike Everitt