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Kansas City at Oakland

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Kansas City (13-2)100200000390
Oakland (8-8) «00031002x6101

Athletics 6, Royals 3

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PHOENIX (AP) - Tommy Milone had a successful rookie season, and then started off spring training with five scoreless innings in two starts. Still, he's treating camp as if he needs to earn a spot in the Athletics' rotation.

Milone allowed six hits and three runs in 3 2-3 innings, but the bullpen shut down the hot-hitting Kansas City Royals on Tuesday for a 6-3 victory.

"I was trying to get ready for the season (last year), regardless of my spot, and I'm doing the same thing this year," he said.

Milone's spot on the A's staff is secure after going 13-10 in a team-leading 31 starts as a rookie last year.

Milone's scoreless streak ended when the Royals' Alex Gordon homered to lead off the game.

Gordon had two hits to raise his average to .536 for spring training. The homer was his third.

"It was all right. I didn't think it was that bad, but it could have gone better. You have to be ready for situations like that," Milone said. "The Royals are a good-hitting team, every aggressive. I throw a lot of strikes and they know that."

Oakland, however, rallied against James Shields, who had a scoreless streak of his own snapped. Shields hadn't allowed a run in his first two starts with the Royals - four innings - but he was touched up for six hits and four runs in 4 2-3 innings. He did strike out six without walking a batter.

Eric Sogard had a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning off Shields.

"The first few innings were really good. I was putting the ball where I wanted," Shields said. "Then I started to get tired at the end and left the ball up. You can't do that during the regular season."

But he feels he is developing a nice working rhythm with catcher Salvador Perez.

"It's good to have him back there," Shields said. "He is getting a better idea of what I want to throw in certain situations."

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI and a double in his return to the A's after briefly leaving spring training to be reunited with his family for the first time in about a year.

The Cuban defector surprised family members in Miami after they arrived over the weekend from the Turks and Caicos, where they had been detained as illegal immigrants. The relatives, including Cespedes' mother, Estela Milanes, were released Jan. 21.

Cespedes was back in the A's lineup Tuesday against the Royals, playing left field and batting cleanup.

"I am happy," Cespedes said at his locker through an interpreter before the game.

NOTES: The A's will have an off day on Wednesday. ... Manager Bob Melvin said LHP Brett Anderson (sore trapezius/neck) has improved and that he should be able to make his next start later this week. ... After a strong season with Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk, Va., and 24 appearances for the A's in 2012, RHP Pat Neshek is quickly establishing himself as a bullpen candidate. He got credit for the win on Tuesday and has not allowed a run in his first five appearances. ... The Royals optioned three LHPs to their minor league camp - Chris Dwyer, Justin Marks and John Lamb.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Oakland

E. Sogard
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF3121000 .536
   a- Willy Taveras, PH-LF1010000 .455
Elliot Johnson, SS2010110 .333
   b- Christian Colon, PH-SS1000011 .176
Billy Butler, DH4000013 .343
Salvador Perez, C3110011 .375
    Brett Hayes, C1000000 .316
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000001 .294
    David Lough, RF1000000 .500
Lorenzo Cain, CF3010001 .400
    Jarrod Dyson, CF1000000 .321
Max Ramirez, 1B4121011 .393
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3011002 .308
    Chris Getz, 2B1000000 .308
Anthony Seratelli, 3B4000011 .313
Totals3539316  
a-singled for Gordon in the 7th
b-struck out for Johnson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Salvador Perez (2, Milone), Lorenzo Cain (3, Cook), Max Ramirez 2 (3, Milone, Milone)
HR - Alex Gordon (3, Milone)
RBI - Alex Gordon (7), Max Ramirez (12), Johnny Giavotella (8)
2-OUT RBI - Max Ramirez (8), Johnny Giavotella (5)
SB - Willy Taveras (1, 2nd base off Norberto/Jaso), Elliot Johnson (2, 3rd base off Milone/Norris)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lorenzo Cain 1, Jeff Francoeur 1, Willy Taveras 1
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (L,1-1) 4.2644060 4.15
Louis Coleman 1.1000010 2.45
Greg Holland 1100120 2.25
J.C. Gutierrez 1322010 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 30-30, Louis Coleman 6-6, Greg Holland 11-7, J.C. Gutierrez 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 2-4
Batters Faced - James Shields 18, Louis Coleman 4, Greg Holland 4, J.C. Gutierrez 6
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3110000 .350
    John Jaso, C1000001 .200
Scott Sizemore, 2B3000031 .143
    Adam Rosales, 2B1110000 .313
Jed Lowrie, SS3110010 .375
    Shane Peterson, LF-RF1000002 .457
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3111000 .182
    Andy Parrino, SS1012000 .348
Brandon Moss, DH3022010 .321
   a- Grant Green, PH-DH1000011 .421
Chris Young, RF-CF3000030 .222
    Darwin Perez, LF0000000 .417
Daric Barton, 1B2000100 .294
    Luke Montz, 1B0000000 .000
Derek Norris, C2110000 .250
    Michael Choice, RF-CF1000011 .361
Eric Sogard, 3B3121000 .381
Totals316106110  
a-struck out for Moss in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yoenis Cespedes (1, Shields), Eric Sogard (2, Shields)
RBI - Yoenis Cespedes (2), Andy Parrino 2 (8), Brandon Moss 2 (4), Eric Sogard (4)
2-OUT RBI - Andy Parrino 2 (5)
SB - Adam Rosales (1, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Hayes)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Sizemore-Lowrie-Barton
E - Daric Barton (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone 3.2633021 3.12
Jerry Blevins 0.1100100 9.00
Pat Neshek (W,2-0) 1000010 0.00
Ryan Cook (H,2) 1100000 12.27
Jordan Norberto (H,2) 1100020 9.82
Chris Resop (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Evan Scribner (S,1) 1000010 3.60
WP - Jordan Norberto (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 26-22, Jerry Blevins 6-2, Pat Neshek 4-4, Ryan Cook 4-4, Jordan Norberto 10-8, Chris Resop 3-3, Evan Scribner 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 4-5, Pat Neshek 1-0, Jordan Norberto 1-0, Evan Scribner 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 17, Jerry Blevins 3, Pat Neshek 2, Ryan Cook 4, Jordan Norberto 4, Chris Resop 3, Evan Scribner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 4789
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Stuart Scheurwater