Oakland (19-17) at Kansas City (11-23)

Cloudy Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Sun May 16, 2004
  • TV: KICU
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The Oakland Athletics look to continue their mastery of the Kansas City Royals when they go for a sweep of the three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

The A’s posted a 3-1 win in Saturday’s game, behind a complete game effort from pitcher Mark Mulder. The win was Oakland’s sixth straight at Kauffman Stadium, and its 18th win in its last 21 against the Royals, dating back to the 2002 season.

With wins in the first two games of this series, the A’s have now won seven of their last nine games overall. Third baseman Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer to lead the Athletics to Saturday’s win.

The Royals, meanwhile, have lost 11 of 15 as they continue to struggle to score runs. Kansas City manager Tony Pena tried to spark his offense by dropping shortstop Angel Berroa from the leadoff spot to No. 8 on Saturday, and moving second baseman Desi Relaford to Berroa’s leadoff spot. Neither player managed to get a hit in the loss.

“He has not been swinging the bat well, and he has been chasing a lot of pitches,” Pena said of Berroa, last season’s AL Rookie of the Year. “We’re going to get him out of there until he gets settled down.”

With their setback on Saturday, the Royals lost their chance to win back-to-back series for the first time this season. Kansas City had opened its six-game homestand by taking two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays.

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