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CWS@KC: Davis strikes out six over seven solid frames

The Royals are looking for a little revenge against the A's this weekend.

The two teams met in May at O.co Coliseum, where the A's swept all three games. On Friday, the Royals look to return the favor when they host Oakland for a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Despite only scoring five runs against the A's in Oakland, all three games were close. Kansas City dropped a trio of one-run decisions -- something the Royals are accustomed to, as they've played a Major League-leading 31 one-run games, going 14-17.

The A's come to town winners in six of their last eight and are the first Oakland team to reach 50 wins in 86 games or less since the 1992 squad. An offense averaging 5.5 runs per game in its last 16 games looks to produce that kind of support for left-hander Tommy Milone.

Milone has struggled in his last four starts, going 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA and .286 average against, and has been hurt by the long ball. The lefty has surrendered at least one home run in each of his last eight starts, including a career-high-tying three in his last outing.

Wade Davis, who takes the mound for the Royals, is also looking to rebound from his last start. The righty issued five walks and failed to record an out in the second inning before being removed.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he isn't concerned about Davis, who had allowed six combined runs in his previous three starts.

"Starting pitchers have starts like that, so I don't want to see anything from him," Yost said. "I want him just to go out and compete. They're going to have days where they have trouble commanding the ball."

A's: Straily to stay in rotation
Right-hander Dan Straily made a sterling return to the A's starting rotation on Thursday, tossing seven one-hit innings against the Cubs. Before Straily's gem, A's manager Bob Melvin said the 24-year-old should remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

"I don't think anything's promised to anybody in this game, but certainly this is a guy who we target to be that guy," Melvin said. "He's had some success up here and we look forward to continued success."

• Closer Grant Balfour is a perfect 21-for-21 in save situations and is one of two closers without a blown save, along with the Cardinals' Edward Mujica (20-for-20). Balfour has converted 39 straight save opportunities, the longest active streak in the Majors and one shy of the Oakland record, held by Dennis Eckersley.

Royals: Hosmer breaking out
This is the Eric Hosmer the Royals have been waiting for. The first baseman enters Friday's opener on a six-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .478.

The 23-year-old first baseman has gotten in a groove when it comes to power. He has launched eight homers in his last 19 games, spanning 81 at-bats, after hitting only one in his first 61 contests (226 at-bats).

• With 1,034 hits, designated hitter Billy Butler is two shy of tying Fred Patek for eighth on Kansas City's all-time list.

Worth noting
• The Royals are 29-6 when scoring four runs or more.

• A's outfielder Josh Reddick is hitless in his last nine at-bats.

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