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.
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.
James Shields acknowledged that he didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday night.
Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, Raul Ibanez homered in his second game for Kansas City and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 Wednesday.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has left Minnesota’s game against the Kansas City Royals with a strained muscle in his right side.
The Minnesota Twins reinstated third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utilityman Eduardo Nunez from the disabled list Monday, putting both of them right back in the lineup for the series opener against Kansas City. Plouffe and Nunez each missed 14 games after their injuries June 14 at Detroit. Plouffe hurt his rib cage, and Nunez, who played in four games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, strained his right hamstring. Manager Ron Gardenhire had Plouffe batting sixth and Nunez hitting eighth as the shortstop against the Royals at Target Field.
Ricky Nolasco was virtually unhittable a week ago in Minnesota, shutting down the scuffling Royals over eight innings in an easy victory that came amid a three-game sweep.
Chris Colabello drove in three runs, Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-1 Friday night to end a nine-game home losing streak that dated to last season.
A former Republic Airlines pilot has pleaded guilty to threatening to torture and kill the company’s CEO and his family. The U.S. attorney’s office says 37-year-old Matthew Richard Walker, of Faribault, Minn., entered the plea Monday in federal court in Kansas City. Prosecutors said one threatening letter was discovered in August 2012 in the cockpit of an aircraft that was parked at Reagan National Airport in Washington.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired former Minnesota Vikings assistant James Saxon as the team’srunning backs coach.
James Shields was sharp for 7 1-3 innings, Alex Gordon had three RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday.
Alex Gordon hit a two-out triple in the seventh inning and then scored the go-ahead run for Kansas City on an error by Minnesota, and the Royals won their eighth straight game with a 4-3 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night.
Ervin Santana heard his name bandied about in trade rumors in recent weeks, with yet another season threatening to swirl down the drain in Kansas City.
Eric Hosmer hit two of Kansas City’s season-high four home runs, James Shields pitched six strong innings to win for first time in 11 starts and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Friday night.
Jeremy Guthrie lasted six shaky innings and the Kansas City bullpen held off the Minnesota Twins the rest of the way Wednesday night, wrapping up a 4-1 victory that ended the Royals’ franchise-record 11-game home losing streak.