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A’s offense gives Lester boost against Royals


Kansas City Royals’ Jason Vargas, left, walks off the mound as he leaves the game against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning on Saturday in Oakland, Calif.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Jon Lester won his Oakland debut while pitching into the seventh inning and Jonny Gomes got two hits during an eight-run burst in his return to the Athletics as they beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Saturday.
Two days after being traded from the sagging World Series champion Boston Red Sox, Lester and Gomes teamed up to boost the club with the best record in baseball.
The 6-foot-4 Lester (11-7) instantly became an imposing presence on the mound in the pitcher-friendly Coliseum. Fans in the crowd of 30,097 cheered the lefty as he went through his warmup ...

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