Kansas City Royals
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Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has left Minnesota’s game against the Kansas City Royals with a strained muscle in his right side.
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Phil Hughes ended a personal losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning Sunday and helping the Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota. The way his bullpen has been going, there was no need to worry.
Pitcher Wade Davis made a wild flip home on a comebacker in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied past the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep. A madcap sequence put the Twins ahead and a crazy play ended it, too.
Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals. A day after getting his first RBI of the year, Mauer drove in three more runs against Kansas City starter James Shields. Brian Dozier had a leadoff homer for Minnesota, which has scored the second-most runs in the American League.
The Royals are hoping Yordano Ventura, their young fireballer, can transition from thrower to pitcher.
Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and the Kansas City Royals completed a sweep for their fifth straight win, beating Minnesota 3-1 Thursday and handing the Twins their fifth loss in a row. The Royals outscored Minnesota 17-3 in sweeping the three-game series.
The Kansas City Royals have added infield depth by making a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Jamey Carroll. The Twins will get either a player to be named or cash. The deal was announced after both teams played Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins were expected to place catcher Ryan Doumit on the disabled list with a suspected concussion after Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help the Kansas City Royals rout the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Monday night. The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs. Guthrie (12-7) won his fourth straight start to log his 12th victory, which is a career high. It was his second career shutout and he lowered his earned run average to 3.94. The right-hander retired the final 13 batters, did not allow a Twins runner to reach third base and only two touched second base. He struck out seven and walked one.
The Minnesota Twins have optioned left-hander Scott Diamond and center fielder Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins made the moves on Thursday after both players struggled in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Diamond (5-10) gave up seven runs — six earned — on nine hits in five innings.
The Kansas City Royals won their ninth straight game, stretching their longest winning streak in more than a decade by beating Minnesota 7-2 Thursday behind Billy Butler’s hitting and Lorenzo Cain’s highlight reel catch in center field.
Joe Mauer is back in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins after missing six games to welcome his twin girls into the world. Slugger Josh Willingham may not be all the far behind him. Mauer was hitting third and playing catcher in the series opener against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.