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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs for the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Jed Lowrie had three hits, including a homer of his own. So when Eric Sogard went deep, who really cared? "There was no home run tunnel or anything," the light-hitting Sogard joked of a rather muted home run celebration that awaited him after rounding the bases during a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. "They were probably surprised I hit one." Sogard went without a homer in 260 at-bats, since April 27, 2012. It was that kind of day for the Oakland offence, though. The As pounded out 15 hits, and everybody in the starting lineup except Chris Young had one against the Royals haphazard pitching. "We got some runs early," said Josh Donaldson, who had a pair of hits. "Then it seemed like every time they got a run our offence would answer right back." A.J. Griffin (7-6) rebounded from a miserable start against the Cubs to go five innings for the As. The only damage he allowed came on solo homers by George Kottaras and Alex Gordon. Jesse Chavez earned his first career save with four scoreless innings of relief. "Saved the bullpen, thats all I was trying to do," Chavez said. Luis Mendoza (2-5) allowed five runs in the second inning for the Royals, and was yanked to a round of boos after retiring just four batters. It was the right-handers shortest start in exactly five years -- since an outing on July 7, 2008, when he was still with Texas. "He fell behind early, which puts you in a defensive mode," Kottaras said. "Once he falls behind, hitters can look for a pitch in a certain zone and took advantage of it. It happens." Its happened twice in a row now: Mendoza gave up four runs on six hits and four walks in just four innings his last time out against Cleveland. He hasnt won since June 14 at Tampa Bay. "A rough outing really for our pitching staff today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Mendozas struggles began with a single in the second by Yoenis Cespedes. John Jaso added a one-out walk and Reddicks line drive to left gave Oakland a 2-0 lead. Mendoza struck out Chris Young before another double by Sogard and back-to-back singles by Coco Crisp and Lowrie knocked him from the game. Chen came in from the bullpen and gave up another base hit to Josh Donaldson before finally getting out of the inning. Kottaras got the home crowd energized with his homer in the second, but the As refused to let the Royals engineer another five-run comeback like they did Thursday against Cleveland. Jasos one-out single set the table for Reddick, who launched his fourth homer of the year. After a breakthrough year in which he hit 32 homers, Reddick had been scuffling until he got to Kansas City. He was hitting just .210 with three homers and 25 RBIs in his first 57 games, but found the expansive outfield off Kauffman Stadium to be to his liking. "Reddicks been swinging the bat really well here recently," As manager Bob Melvin said, "and thats the next step, to start driving the ball." Gordon, who missed the first game of the series after a scary collision with the outfield wall earlier in the week, validated his first All-Star nod a day earlier with his homer. His ninth of the season came with two outs in the fifth inning. Lowrie answered it with a solo shot of his own in the sixth. The Royals tried to rally again in the bottom half off As reliever Jerry Blevins. Mike Moustakas hit an RBI double and Miguel Tejada an RBI single in which he beat a throw to first with a head-first slide. Chavez ended the rally when he retired Eric Hosmer with the bases loaded. Sogards two-run homer in the seventh ended any thoughts of another Royals comeback. "Were in the middle of a tough stretch," Yost said. "It started here. Were 3-3 in this tough stretch. The Yankees are tough, a four-game series. And its going to be a tough three-game series in Cleveland. Weve got to continue to play good baseball if were going to be successful this next week. Were going to have to grind it out and try to find a way to win some ball games." NOTES: All-Star C Salvador Perez was held out of the Royals starting lineup. Yost said Perez has been playing through a soft tissue and bone bruise on his leg from a foul ball. ... Melvin said All-Star RHP Bartolo Colon will pitch next Sunday against Boston. That will make available another spot on Detroit manager Jim Leylands AL roster. ... Lowrie was back in the As starting lineup at SS after experience stiffness in his left calf. Adam Jones Jersey . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. Eduardo Escobar Diamondbacks Jersey . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. http://www.diamondbackssale.com/diamondbacks-archie-bradley-jersey/ .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. Eduardo Escobar Jersey . Mitch Holmberg added a goal and three assists. Connor Chartier also scored for the Chiefs (3-0-0). Luke Harrison spoiled Garrett Hughsons shutout bid with a power-play goal at 13:17 of the third period. The Spokane goaltender finished with 28 saves, including a Brandon Fushimi penalty shot in the second period that would have tied the game 1-1. Taijuan Walker Jersey . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Pat Shurmur has returned to a familiar role, taking over as Minnesotas offensive coordinator following the surprise midseason resignation by Norv Turner.The unofficial part of the job title is becoming a primary target of frustrated fault-finding fans.Yeah, they get a lot of advice, dont they? Shurmur said.Thats the gentle way to frame it, particularly when a team is struggling to score such as the Vikings. Head coaches are often criticized for using and misusing challenges and timeouts or perhaps not firing up the players.Quarterbacks get roasted for interceptions. The offensive coordinator can rank right up there at the top of the blame-game list.Shurmur, who has been either an offensive coordinator or a head coach in the NFL since 2009 , has learned to tune out the external scrutiny.That experience ought to come in handy here, with the Vikings ranking at or near the bottom of the league in most statistical measures of the offense. The fan exasperation over Turners strategy, fair or not, peaked after the 20-10 loss in Chicago on Monday night .Putting together a game plan that allows you to call the plays based on whats best for your players is important, and then being able to rep them so the players can execute them efficiently, Shurmur said.Then youve just got to go into it with a clear mind, and as the game plays out we have certain things we want to do in certain situations and we want to try to give the players the best one. So thats the challenge. The pressure? That comes outside in, and I dont worry about it.When Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hired Shurmur over the winter to work with the tight ends, the future for Turner turned murky. Both Shurmur and new offensive line coach Tony Sparano have been head coaches and offensive coordinators in the NFL before.After the Vikings acquired quarterback Sam Bradford to replace the injured Teddy Bridgewater, a trade made with valuable insight from Shurmur regarding his former pupil, the long-term fit for the 64-year-old Turner looked even more tenuous.Zimmer recently praised Bradfords confidence in expressing displeasure with a particular play during game planning, making clear the coaches will shelve one the quarterback isnt comfortable with, a potential source of frustration for Turner.ddddddddddddFeeling squeezed by the closeness of the relationship between Shurmur and Bradford wouldve been a natural reaction for Turner, who told reporters on Wednesday he believed his removal from the equation could help the team.Theres certain things that may look different. Youll have to tell me after the game, Shurmur said, looking ahead to the matchup on Sunday against Detroit. I think what we need to do is coach better. We need to play better. If everybody on the field and everybody involved with the offense makes one less mistake, then we give ourselves the best chance to win.Turner worked from the booth above the field. Shurmur said hes planning to call the plays from the sideline, for more effective communication with Bradford between plays and possessions.Bradford, who played for Shurmur in 2010 with St. Louis and in 2015 with Philadelphia, cited an up-tempo, no-huddle style that Shurmur guided last season with the Eagles under coach Chip Kelly as one way the Vikings could alter their approach yet this season. Well behind the Bears in the second half, the Vikings displayed no urgency when they had the ball.When the Vikings won their first five games, the passing attack worked relatively well behind quick throws by Bradford. He took more deep drops the past two weeks and paid the price with a total of 11 sacks.The protection was problematic at Philadelphia and again last week at Chicago . The Vikings have never figured out how to get their running attack going, either, averaging a league-low 2.7 yards per attempt.Regardless of how Shurmurs strategy will differ from Turners, the lineup and all of its limitations will remain the same. Still, a fresh perspective can be effective.If a play doesnt work we used to say, `Hey, put it on the shelf, and then you move onto something that does, Shurmur said.The Vikings are at that point where such a shift could prove beneficial.He kind of has a feel for how we like to play, tight end Kyle Rudolph said. Id imagine hell just get this thing rolling.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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