Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.
Josh Willingham returned to Target Field and hit a bases-clearing double in Kansas City’s five-run fourth inning, and the surging Royals hung on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night.
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The Royals bolstered their offense Monday by acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins, a move the long-suffering franchise hopes will help them end a playoff drought that stretches back nearly three decades.
Leave it to a pair of former Oakland Athletics to end one of the worst skids the Minnesota Twins have ever had against another club. Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking double and Josh Willingham added two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Twins snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oakland by beating the A’s 6-1 on Sunday.
Danny Duffy trudged off the mound with the bases loaded and his team trailing by a run, and took a seat in the dugout to watch Jason Frasor try to bail him out.
James Shields acknowledged that he didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday night.
Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Friday night. Abreu had two hits and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 77 RBIs — Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera began the day leading the majors with 80.
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Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.
Last in the American League Central Division and now third from the bottom in the wild card race, it’s pretty clear the Twins will be sellers at the trading deadline.
Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham made a diving attempt at a sinking line drive. A couple of batters later, he was chasing down a deep fly ball when he ran into the outfield wall.
The Minnesota Twins’ offense gave Kyle Gibson a reprieve, scoring five runs in the second inning to put him back at square one after he had surrendered five in the first. It didn’t make any difference. It wasn’t his night.
Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 6-5 Sunday to complete their first four-game sweep against Chicago in 20 years. Anthony Swarzak and Casey Fien combined for three shutout innings of relief and Jared Burton earned his first save since May 30, 2013, with a perfect ninth. Kurt Suzuki had three hits.
Joe Mauer drove in two runs, including the go-ahead double in the eighth inning, to push the Minnesota Twins past the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Thursday night.