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A’s halt Royals’ winning streak at eight with 11-3 drubbing

Aug 12, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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A’s starter Jon Lester fanned nine batters over six solid innings and the Oakland offense set a season-high with 20 hits in an 11-3 beatdown of the host Royals on Tuesday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Josh Donaldson homered twice, setting a new career-high for home runs in a season with 25. Brandon Moss finished 4-for-5, driving in two runs.

It was the first loss for the Royals in nine games, but the Tigers fell 4-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park so Kansas City remains on top of the American League Central standings for now.

It was also the first loss for the Royals since SungWoo Lee, a long-time fan of the team from Seoul, South Korea, landed at Kansas City International Airport. Read more about SungWoo Lee’s story here.

  1. jazynaz - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    this is the old A’s we’ve grown to love, even with the lineup changes because lowrie is out. i like it…try this lineup again tomorrow depending on who’s pitching, of course. having had jon lester pitching kind of helped too. go A’s!

  2. slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Enjoy Lester.He is a class act and I am sorry to see him go.Would not surprise me if he takes a sweetheart deal to stay if they win the series.Why would he not?Plenty of talent up the pipeline,perennial winners of the division.Five or six years there may be better than 5 or 6 years in Boston or NY even if it comes with alot more money.Winning championships is what turns a borderline HOF into a real HOF at least in BBWAA minds.
    Just look at Jeter…I keed,I keeeeeed.I will send him a gift basket in apology.

    • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:24 AM

      “Why would he not?”

      Sewage. Somebody was going to make that tired joke; I might as well get it out of the way.

      But seriously, the A’s are not going to sign him to a huge contract, something that several other teams will be more than willing to do. While players have been known to occasionally take a discount to sign where they want, Lester taking a discount of the size required to sign with Oakland would be truly unprecedented.

      And Beane would surely leverage such a deal by trading him for prospects, anyway :)

  3. sportsdrenched - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Hey, we knew the Royals weren’t going to win out the season. If they come back and split the series against a possible playoff match up, Im OK with that.

  4. rawdog2013 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I hate helping the Hyenas with this win, but someone had to smack the Royals.

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