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NYY@OAK: Milone limits Yanks to two runs despite loss

It all starts at the top for Kansas City -- and that's where Alex Gordon appears to thrive.

The Royals outfielder has led off the last six games -- batting .360 and getting on base at a .429 clip -- and is giving Kansas City a much-needed jolt. The Royals are 4-2 since Gordon returned to the leadoff spot, and on Sunday look to win the rubber game of a three-game series against the A's.

Gordon, who spent most of 2011 leading off and parts of this season there, had moved throughout the lineup before Royals manager Ned Yost put him back a week ago.

"I feel like it's a comfort spot for him," Yost said. "He's had some really good at-bats since we moved him back there. We like him there and we'll keep him there for the time being."

Gordon turned in another solid performance on Saturday, knocking out two hits, but the Royals lost as Oakland snapped its nine-game losing streak with a 9-3 win. The A's head into Sunday looking to post consecutive wins for the first time since May 20-21.

The Royals know all about losing streaks, enduring a 12-game skid earlier this season. They've since turned it around, and the A's are looking to follow suit.

"The good example is Kansas City in the beginning of this season, when they lost 12 games in a row," right-hander Bartolo Colon said. "We just have to continue to do the same job and the team will try to do better."

A's: Milone on the mound
Tommy Milone makes his 11th start of the season on Sunday against the team that got his impressive 2012 campaign going. Milone made his season debut against the Royals on April 9, allowing only three hits over eight shutout innings. The 25-year-old left-hander took a tough-luck loss his last time out, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

• Second baseman Jemile Weeks extended his hitting streak to nine games on Saturday before exiting with an apparent injury in the seventh inning.

Royals: Mazzaro faces old 'mates
Right-hander Vin Mazzaro gets the start for Kansas City on Sunday, his second of the season and his first action since a Minor League start on May 25 for Triple-A Omaha. Mazzaro will also be facing his former team. He was traded from Oakland to Kansas City in November 2010, along with Justin Marks, for David DeJesus.

• Kansas City is 6-3-3 in series play since its 12-game losing streak.

Worth noting
• A's outfielder Collin Cowgill is hitting .500 (9-for-18) in his last five games.

• Oakland's Coco Crisp has been successful in his last 30 stolen-base attempts, the longest mark in A's history.

• Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of Mazzaro's Major League debut.

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