A's looking for way out of slide

A's looking for way out of slide

KANSAS CITY -- The A's were in the midst of a nine-game losing skid entering Saturday's game at Kauffman Stadium. But they don't have to look too far to find a club that has shared similar struggles this season.

The Royals lost 12-straight games earlier this season, but they have since snapped out of it and entered Saturday having won five of their last six.

Friday's starter, Bartolo Colon, said that the Royals are a perfect example of how to turn things around.

"The good example is Kansas City in the beginning of this season, when they lost 12 games in a row," Colon said. "We just have to continue to do the same job and the team will try to do better."

Manager Bob Melvin wasn't ready to use the Royals as a model, and said that the fact that other teams had losing streaks doesn't make him feel good about his team's recent slide.

"I think every team over the course of the season is going to go through a losing streak, to what degree I don't know," Melvin said. "You certainly don't look at that and say, 'Oh, OK, that's something to fall back on.' It's about us. We have to get out of this on our own. Whether it makes somebody feel better or not because somebody else had a losing streak, it really doesn't make me feel any better."