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A late push got the Minnesota Twins to extra innings and was enough to get them over the top as a Denard Span double in the bottom of the tenth helped the Twins avoid the sweep and win 4-3. The Twins' bats struggled all night as they managed just four hits through nine innings, but came up big when it counted as Trevor Plouffe homered in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game alive. The was a consistent stream of hits that showed the Twins' resolve, as they scored in the eighth, ninth, and 10th to seal the win.
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to 17 games on a first-inning single, but didn't manage to get on base again in the loss. The Twins started their comeback after pulling Liam Hendriks from the mound following a five-inning outing that allowed three runs, and seven hits.
The Twins now face a rested Chicago White Sox club, who got the night off following their game with the Detroit Tigers being rained out. Former Twin Francisco Liriano is set to take the mound against Minnesota's Cole De Vries.
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Mauer has been relatively healthy this season after missing 80 games in 2011. As a result, he has seen his OPS increase over 130 points. However, the All-Star catcher has missed the entire series against the Royals, and it is not yet known when he will return to action.
Drew Butera will start at catcher in place of Mauer. It will mark just the third time that he has started this month, but will be his second start of the series. He went 1-for-3 in Wednesday's loss. Here are the full lineups:
A would-be slugfest in Minneapolis on Wednesday night turned into an easy win 10-to-5 for the Kansas City Royals. Both teams' starting pitchers had poor nights, with Royals starter Luke Hochevar giving up five earned runs in five innings and Twins starter P.J. Walters allowing six earned runs in four innings. But the Royals bullpen was able to hold the fort, while Minnesota's pen was let down by sloppy fielding from left fielder Ryan Doumit.
Anthony Swarzak relieved Walters and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, but he gave way to Brian Duensing in the top of the seventh, who notched the final out of the inning. Duensing took the hill in the top of the eighth with the Royals up 6-to-5, which is when things started to go haywire. Eric Hosmer singled to start the inning, but Johnny Giavotella reached and Hosmer advanced to second on a Doumit error in left.
After a sacrifice, Duensing was relieved by Casey Fien, who was the next victim of Doumit's misadventures in the outfield. Alcides Escobar hit a ball to left field, which was mishandled by Doumit, allowing Hosmer to score. Doumit then committed another error on the play, allowing each remaining runner to advance a base. From there, the floodgates opened and the Royals put three more runs on the board.
The two teams will wrap up their series on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. CT.
P.J. Walters starts on the mound for the Twins, as he looks to improve upon his 2-3 record. Walters has made eight starts for the Twins this year, and is the owner of a 6.05 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Walters has lost his last two starts, and will look to right the ship on Wednesday night.
Both managers have announced the starting lineups, and they are as follows:
SP P.J. Walters
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT from Target Field. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports North.
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The Twins welcomed the Royals to Target Field following three consecutive wins over the Cleveland Indians, but the offense that fueled the winning streak ran out of gas against Kansas City.
In a battle of rookie starting pitchers, Kansas City left-hander Will Smith (5-7) outdueled Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond (11-7) to earn the win. Smith scattered seven hits in seven innings, striking out seven while not allowing a run.
Diamond gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings, with Kansas City centerfielder Lorenzo Cain delivering a two-run triple as part of a three-run third inning for the Royals.The bullpen was not able to slow down the Royals either as the visitors scored four runs in the eighth inning. Once again, a two-run triple highlighted the rally for the Royals, this time shortstop Alcides Escobar did the damage off of reliever Alex Burnett.
The two teams resume the series on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. CT.
Eager to build on their modest three-game winning streak, the Minnesota Twins will kick off a three-game series with Kansas City on Tuesday night from Target Field.
With his MLB suspension for throwing at the head of Texas slugger Josh Hamilton now a thing of the past, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond will take the mound Tuesday looking for his 12 victory of the season. Diamond is 1-1 with a 3.86 earned-run average in two starts against the Royals this year, but enters looking to bounce back from a pair of sub-par outings since being ejected against the Rangers on Aug. 23.
After sitting out Monday's game, outfielder Darin Mastroianni will open the series as Ron Gardenhire's starting right fielder and bat eighth in Tuesday's game. The 27-year-old Mastroianni owns a .255 average with 17 runs batted in through 69 games, but has been extremely successful on the basepaths with 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts.
Here are the starting lineups for the first game of the series:
1. Ben Revere - CF
2. Jamey Carroll - 2B
3. Joe Mauer - C
4. Justin Morneau - 1B
5. Josh Willingham - LF
6. Ryan Doumit - DH
7. Trevor Plouffe - 3B
8. Darin Mastroianni - RF
9. Pedro Florimon Jr. - SS
Scott Diamond - SP
1. Lorenzo Cain - CF
2. Alcides Escobar - SS
3. Alex Gordon - LF
4. Billy Butler - DH
5. Salvador Perez - C
6. Mike Moustakas - 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur - RF
8. Eric Hosmer - 1b
9. Johnny Giavotella - 2B
Will Smith - SP
The Twins open a three-game series with the Royals on Tuesday night when they send Scott Diamond to the mound.