August 16, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by first baseman Chris Carter (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Royals Vs. Athletics: Athletics Shut Out Kansas City To Avoid Sweep

The Royals were unable to complete a three-game sweep of the Athletics.

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Royals Move Alex Gordon Into Heart Of Batting Order

It's called the heart of the order for a reason. The phrase refers to the spot in the line-up that includes the three through five hitters that typically do the most damage, providing the heart or the life of the offense. For the Kansas City Royals, the No. 3 spot has been difficult to fill.

"We've been struggling a little bit in the three slot, trying to get that to settle down a little bit, and we haven't been able to," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

So a move was made to respond to it by placing left fielder Alex Gordon in the role with the hopes of jump starting the spot. It's an experiment that's likely to last through season's end.

"We felt the time was right to go ahead and put Alex in that spot and ride it out for the remainder of the year," Yost said. "You look at our lineup and project our lineup out in the future, I mean it's very foreseeable that Alex is going to be a run producer, be a 3-4-5 type hitter in our lineup."

Gordon is hitting .291 with 9 home runs and 46 RBI so far on the season. He also leagues the league with 38 doubles.

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Royals Vs. Athletics Final Score: Oakland Avoids Sweep, Shuts Out Kansas City 3-0

The Kansas City Royals were unable to complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, losing the final game of the series, 3-0 on Thursday night.

Starter Luke Hochevar (7-11) threw well for the Royals but fell victim to the long ball by giving up solo home runs to Coco Crisp in the sixth inning and Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh. Hochevar gave up three runs in seven innings but only allowed four hits.

Kansas City just couldn't break through offensively against Oakland right-hander Dan Straily (1-0) who earned his first career win, allowing three hits in six and a third innings. The Royals loaded the bases in the second and seventh innings but were unable to get the timely hit needed to push any runs across the plate. Reliever Grant Balfour sat down the Royals in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.

The Royals continue play at Kaufman Stadium on Friday night when they host the Chicago White Sox to begin a three-game weekend series.

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

The Kansas City Royals will conclude their series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night and a win would give them a sweep. The Royals beat Oakland 5-0 on Tuesday and 3-2 on Wednesday.

Luke Hochevar (7-10) will take the mound for Kansas City, looking for a bounceback performance. In his last game on August 10 against the Baltimore Orioles, he gave up three home runs and his team lost 7-1.

Rookie Dan Straily (0-0) will be pitching for Oakland. He, too, is looking to rebound after giving up four home runs in a 4 2/3-inning outing against the Los Angeles Angels on August 8.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT at Kauffman Stadium. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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Royals Vs. Athletics Final Score: Kansas City Edges Oakland 3-2

With a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, the Kansas City Royals have won the first two of their three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Starting pitcher Will Smith (4-4) pitched seven solid innings, giving up just five hits and two runs and striking out five for the win.

Kansas City took the lead in the first inning when Billy Butler grounded into a fielder's choice to score Alcides Escobar. Oakland tied it in the second with an RBI-single from Brandon Moss and took the lead in the fourth off a Josh Donaldson solo home run.

The Royals took back a 3-2 lead with a pair of RBI-doubles from Lorenzo Cain and Chris Getz in the seventh and that's how it would stay.

Athletics starter Brandon McCarthy (6-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up seven hits and three runs and struck out four in the loss.

The third and final game of the series is set for Thursday at 7:10 p.m. CT at Kauffman Stadium.

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Royals Vs. Athletics Score Update: Royals Down 2-1 After 5

The Kansas City Royals are looking to build off Tuesday's 5-0 win against the Oakland Athletics in the second game of their series at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night. After five innings, though, they trail Oakland 2-1.

Kansas City has struggled to get its offense going. Its lone run came in the first inning, when Billy Butler grounded into a fielder's choice and Alcides Escobar scored.

The Athletics tied it up in the second inning on a Brandon Moss RBI-single and Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in the fourth to put Oakland up 2-1.

Through five, Royals starter Will Smith has given up four hits and two runs and struck out four. Oakland's Brandon McCarthy has given up three hits and one run and struck out three.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City. For more on the Royals, make sure to check out the discussion and analysis over at Royals Review. For the Oakland perspective, head to Athletics Nation. For more news and notes from around the world of professional baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. A's: Wednesday's Starting Lineups

The Kansas City Royals continue their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics at home in Kauffman Stadium. Ned Yost's squad is looking to continue to play spoiler to Oakland's Cinderella story, as the Royals look to take the second game of a three-game set.

Both Yost and Bob Melvin have announced the starting lineups for Wednesday night's game, and they are as follows:

Oakland A's

CF Coco Crisp
DH Jonny Gomes
RF Josh Reddick
LF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Chris Carter
C Derek Norris
3B Josh Donaldson
2B Adam Rosales
SS Cliff Pennington

SP Brandon McCarthy

Kansas City Royals

LF Alex Gordon
SS Alcides Escobar
DH Billy Butler
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Eric Hosmer
CF Lorenzo Cain
2B Chris Getz

SP Will Smith

Kansas City's offense is tasked with facing off against Oakland's best pitcher, Brandon McCarthy. For McCarthy, it'll be his second start since being activated from the disabled list.

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

The Kansas City Royals look to pick up where they left off on Wednesday night, as they look to take the second game of a three-game set against the Oakland A's and position themselves for the three-game sweep on Thursday.

Will Smith gets the start a night after Jeremy Guthrie led the Royals to a 5-0 win. Smith is coming off of a start in which he picked up his third win of the season, allowing just two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. To date, Smith is 3-4 with a 1.43 WHIP and 5.48 ERA through 46 innings.

Kansas City's offense will face off against Oakland's ace, Brandon McCarthy. Wednesday's start against the Royals will be McCarthy's second since being activated off the disabled list. McCarthy is 6-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through his first 84 innings of work in 2012.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Kansas City.

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Royals Vs. Athletics Final Score: Jeremy Guthrie Shuts Down Oakland In Series Opener

The Kansas City Royals relied on the basics on Tuesday night with strong pitching and timely hitting to beat the Oakland Athletics, 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series between the two teams.

Starter Jeremy Guthrie (2-3) threw seven strong, shutout innings for Kansas City, giving up just three hits while posting eight strikeouts for his second solid start in a row. Tim Collins and Greg Holland came out of the bullpen for the Royals to maintain the shutout without giving up a hit.

Kansas City chased Oakland starter Jarrod Parker (7-7) in the fifth inning when they sent all nine batters to the plate to score all five runs in the game. Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon each had run-scoring singles in the inning in the rally which also took advantage of an Oakland error and two sacrifice flies.

The series continues on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. CT.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City. For more on the Royals, make sure to check out the discussion and analysis over at Royals Review. For the Oakland perspective, head to Athletics Nation. For more news and notes from around the world of professional baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Athletics Vs. Royals: Tuesday Starting Lineups

The Kansas City Royals look to play spoiler to one of baseball's Cinderella teams, as they open up a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Both Ned Yost and Bob Melvin have announced the starting lineups for Tuesday's contest, and they are as follows:

Oakland Athletics

CF Coco Crisp
2B Jemile Weeks
RF Josh Reddick
LF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Chris Carter
DH Brandon Moss
C George Kottaras
3B Josh Donaldson
SS Cliff Pennington

SP Jarrod Parker

Kansas City Royals

LF Alex Gordon
SS Alcides Escobar
DH Billy Butler
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Eric Hosmer
CF Lorenzo Cain
2B Chris Getz

SP Jeremy Guthrie

While Oakland's lineup certainly doesn't appear to be imposing, Reddick, Cespedes and Carter are all enjoying an excellent 2012 campaign, although small sample size certainly does apply to Carter. Regardless, the A's have been playing excellent baseball, and shouldn't be taken lightly.

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Royals Vs. Athletics: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Kansas City Royals begin a three-game home series with the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night and starter Jeremy Guthrie is looking to build on his last outing.

This will be Guthrie's fifth start as a Royal. He registered his first win since arriving in Kansas City against the White Sox last Wednesday, pitching eight scoreless innings, striking out six and giving up just five hits.

Rookie Jarrod Parker will be on the mound for Oakland. He has lost his last two starts.

The first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium. It can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City. For more on the Royals, make sure to check out the discussion and analysis over at Royals Review. For the Oakland perspective, head to Athletics Nation. For more news and notes from around the world of professional baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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