Kansas City Royals
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.
David Lough hit three doubles, then launched a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning that led the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 9-8 Sunday.
Kyle Gibson pitched six solid innings in his major league debut, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Saturday. Gibson (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits, and he struck out five to become the first first-round pick in Twins history to win a start in his major league debut. He had plenty of early help as Minnesota scored five in the first inning. Wade Davis (4-6) was yanked after giving up another run in the second with no one out. The one inning outing marked Davis’ shortest outing of the season for the Royals, who have lost seven of 10.
Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series.
Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday in their home opener.
There’s a new age of offensive catchers coming up through the ranks of the big leagues, and Salvador Perez is part of that movement.
Billy Butler had three hits and three RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen picked up struggling starter Luke Hochevar with four scoreless innings in a 10-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Tony Abreu is making the most of his limited chances and that could earn more playing time.
Joe Mauer hit a grand slam and Chris Parmelee added a three-run shot and the Minnesota Twins outlasted the Kansas City Royals 8-7 to complete a sweep of a doubleheader Saturday.