The Royals nearly found themselves on the wrong end of history on Friday. Oakland lefty Mark Mulder took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Mike Sweeney finally broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the seventh. Mulder finished with a complete-game, three-hit shutout, as Oakland cruised to a 7-0 win. Bobby Crosby hit two home runs for the A’s. Brian Anderson took the loss for Kansas City. Anderson gave up six runs in just three innings.