The Royals scored again in the ninth on Alex Gordon’s home run his fifth off Yusmeiro Petit.
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Kevin McCarthy pitched the eighth and Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless ninth to complete the four-hitter and earn his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

With the Royals’ offense sputtering, manager Ned Yost shuffled the lineup, moving Gordon into the cleanup spot, Mike Moustakas from third to second and Perez from cleanup to third in the batting order. Gordon’s homer was the only hit by the trio.

The Royals beat Oakland for the second time in six tries this season.

Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) is with Single-A Stockton. He threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday night and reported no discomfort, manager Bob Melvin said. … Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster for Bassitt. … OF Boog Powell (right knee strain) has Gary Payton Jersey worked out at the Authentic Demar Dotson Jersey A’s extended spring training facility in Arizona and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon, Melvin said.

A’s LHP Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.59 ERA) is 1-4 with a 6.63 ERA in his last seven starts. He hopes to get back on track in Sunday’s series finale. RHP Brad Keller (1-2, 2.12 ERA) will make his third start since moving into the rotation.Freeman, Flowers lift Braves over Dodgers 5-3

Did Ohtani’s pre-existing UCL injury suggest he was at a greater risk for a more serious UCL injury?

It did. How could it not? A ligament that exhibits some evidence of wear and tear is more susceptible to further injury than one that does not. But the mere presence of risk doesn’t dictate when or how that risk will manifest itself down the line. Ohtani was universally viewed by all the teams scouting him as a player who came with some risk … but he also presented a unique talent. Organizational decisions on whether or not to sign, draft or trade for players are always made with a risk-versus-reward value proposition in mind. Medical information is one component of the risk calculation and each team must determine just how significant that factor is.