Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 5/17/13
OAKLAND (AP) -- Kansas City's slumping offense seemed to come alive upon the Royals' arrival in California. That's a trend James Shields would like to see continue when he takes the mound Friday night against the Oakland Athletics, as minimal run support has left him with an unimpressive record despite some outstanding outings. The Royals (20-17) took two of three in Anaheim, capped by a 9-5 win Wednesday. It was their second big offensive performance in three days after matching a season high with 19 hits in Monday's 11-4 victory. Kansas City entered the series averaging 3.3 runs over a 1-6 stretch. Billy Butler went 3 for 28 in that span, then broke out versus Los Angeles, going 8 for 13 with nine RBIs. "Keeping those losing streaks down is definitely key throughout a long baseball season," said Lorenzo Cain, who was 5 for 13 with five RBIs and two stolen bases in the series. "So if we just continue to pitch the way we've been pitching and hit like we know how to hit, we'll be...
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