Jeremy Guthrie struck out a season-high seven batters in six innings and Salvador Perez homered to help the Kansas City Royals complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-3 victory on Sunday. Omar Infante hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run sixth inning for the Royals, who have won five of six to open a nine-game road trip. After winning two of three in Seattle, Kansas City swept the A’s for the first time since 2008.

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For a Detroit team that’s already dealt with its share of injuries, the steady production of Yoenis Cespedes has been a big help. ”He’s been very good in left field – much better than anticipated,” manager Brad Ausmus said. Cespedes has been known for his prodigious strength – home runs sailing well beyond the wall, and baserunners thrown out from almost impossible distances.

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There’s hasn’t been a whole lot for the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics to feel good about this season. Nolan Arenado looks to extend a pair of impressive streaks for the Rockies, while Athletics rookie Billy Burns brings one of his own into Monday night’s matchup in Oakland. Colorado (33-42) appears headed for a fifth consecutive losing season, sitting last in the NL West with one of the majors’ worst records.

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In Sunday's Daily Dose, Jesse Pantuosco looks at Giancarlo Stanton's injury and a meltdown by Brett Oberholtzer.

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With his team nearing its 43rd win of the season to tie Houston for the most in the AL, Kansas City manager Ned Yost finally relaxed and allowed himself to enjoy the moment. The Royals are rolling again and the normally stoic Yost broke character to take it in. Chris Young bounced back from his worst start of the year to pitch six innings and Kansas City beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Saturday to move a season-high 15 games over .500.

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Considering what happened two months ago, Kansas City manager Ned Yost wasn’t shocked to hear fans at the Coliseum booing Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera when he came on to pitch the eighth inning. If anything, Yost was impressed by the jeers – almost as much as he was with how Herrera handled it. ”But what was cool was it didn’t affect Herrera at all.

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Major League Baseball plans to open a second replay center in San Francisco. MLB opened a replay center at MLB Advanced Media’s office in New York in 2008 and expanded it in 2014. Speaking Thursday at AT&T Park, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the sport will expand its facility at MLBAM’s San Francisco office, located near the ballpark.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel was in peak form Thursday against the New York Yankees. Keuchel was fantastic, going nine shutout innings during a 4-0 win. Keuchel allowed just six hits. He walked one and struck out 12 during the contest. All of the Yankees’ hits were singles. The team didn’t have a baserunner reach second until the top of the ninth inning. Aside from the ninth, Keuchel was never really in trouble. With two outs, he allowed a single to Alex Rodriguez. A walk to Mark Teixeira put a man in scoring position for the first time all game. Carlos Beltran would also single, loading the bases. With the bases juiced and two outs, Keuchel came through. Jose Pirela grounded out to third, ending the threat and the game.  After the game, Keuchel received some high praise from one of his rivals. A-Rod didn’t talk about the strike zone: “Tonight was just a complete domination…[Keuchel] made me look as silly as I’ve looked all year.” — Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 26, 2015 Rodriguez was one of the few players who managed a hit against Keuchel during the game, but he struck out in his other three plate appearances. With the performance, Keuchel lowered his ERA to 2.17 on the season. The win moved the Astros to 43-32, good for first place in the American League West. WHO WILL STOP THE ATHLETICS? The hottest team in the American League is the Oakland Athletics. After picking up a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers, Oakland has won five straight games. While the club sits at just 34-4 and remains nine games out of first place, there’s still some hope for a second-half run. Oakland actually has the fourth-best run differential in the AL. The club has scored 41 more runs than they have allowed this year. So, why have the A’s been so bad despite their strong run differential? Well, the team is just 6-18 in one-run games. That type of thing tends to even out over the course of the season, so that could lead to more wins in the second half if the team’s luck turns. That’s not always the case, though, particularly if a team has a poor bullpen. That’s exactly what has plagued Oakland early. The club’s relievers have posted a 4.16 FIP, which is good for 27th in the league. There’s some hope Oakland makes things interesting by the trade deadline, but only if they can find some luck and pitch effectively in the late innings.  For now, the five-game winning streak is a start. DEGROM DOES IT AGAIN The New York Mets might be calling up another pitcher soon , but do they really need one? Jacob deGrom was fantastic again, leading the Mets to a 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. DeGrom went eight innings, allowing just four hits and striking out seven. He did not issue a walk during the outing. Following the performance, deGrom has a 2.15 ERA on the year.  The start helped the Mets in more than one way as they snapped their seven-game losing streak.  After his 2014 breakout, deGrom has been basically the same pitcher in 2015. He’s shown better control, however, which is partially responsible for his improved numbers.  Behind deGrom, New York improved to 37-37 on the year. The team is 3 1/2 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East. GIANTS TRIPLE THEIR WAY TO VICTORY The San Francisco Giants’ offense broke out in the big way Thursday against the San Diego Padres in a 13-8 win. The Giants managed to score 13 runs without hitting a home run during the game. Instead, the team relied on the triple. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] San Francisco hit four triples during the contest. Brandon Belt was responsible for two of them, while Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford each added one.  Buster Posey, who hit a grand slam Wednesday, stayed hot at the plate Thursday. Posey went 3 for 5, with two doubles. He scored three runs and drove in three.  With the win, the Giants improved to 40-34. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by one game in the NL West. Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:

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Kendall Graveman enjoyed watching and waiting to go to the mound, especially with the Oakland Athletics giving him a five-run lead before throwing his first pitch. Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam, Josh Phegley homered for the second night in a row and the fast-starting A’s beat Texas 8-2 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory. Lawrie’s third career slam, an estimated 422 feet into the Oakland bullpen in left-center, made it 5-0 in the first.

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