July 22, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (33) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
The Kansas City Royals have enjoyed a bit of success on the road in recent days, something the team hasn't been able to duplicate at home. Now they'll hope to bring some of that magic in from recent road trips to play the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles to Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals have been surprisingly poor this season.
The team recently won two of three against their AL Central rivals in Chicago and the team split a four game series against Baltimore. Now they face the Oakland Athletics for three games beginning with Jeremy Guthrie on the mound.
"We can be successful at home, too, we just have to play better," manager Ned Yost said. "And we're playing pretty good now. We're also playing a couple of pretty tough teams at home."
"I think it's a team that matched up well against us," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Their numbers wouldn't suggest they're that good offensively, but you look up and down their lineup, there are guys you have to deal with. Hosmer's not having a good year, but he certainly feels like a good offensive player to me, and then you have to deal with their bullpen, too.
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