KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 22: Samuel Deduno #21 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Twins Vs. Royals: Minnesota Wins 3-Game Series Over Kansas City

Minnesota picked up a pair of home runs from designated hitter Ryan Doumit on Sunday to edge the Royals, 7-5.

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Twins Vs. Royals Final Score: Ryan Doumit's Big Day From Plate Leads Minnesota To 7-5 Win

The Twins took their three-game road series with the Royals on Sunday in Kansas City, as 29-year-old starter Samuel Deduno went 6.1 innings for his first career victory in a 7-5 Minnesota win.

Deduno looked visibly improved over this last two shaky outings earlier in the month and peppered the zone often as 73 of his 104 pitches went for strikes. Deduno's biggest push in the run support department came right away from the bat of designated hitter Ryan Doumit, who followed a solo home run in the second inning with a two-run single in the next frame. For good measure, the versatile Doumit stepped to the plate in the sixth inning and promptly smashed his second solo home run of the afternoon, capping off a day where he finished 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.

Minnesota's road trip presses on with a Monday date against the White Sox from US Cellular Field, a game that will open up the two rivals' three-game set. Lefty Francisco Liriano will take the mound for the Twins at a time when his name is firmly entrenched in trade talks around the country, and might even be suiting up for the final time in a Minnesota uniform.

For more on the Twins, visit Twinkie Town. For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. And for more MLB news and analysis, make sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Royals Final Score: Minnesota Knocked Around In 7-3 Loss

With a chance to pull themselves out of last place in the American League Central, the Minnesota Twins came up short on Saturday in a 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Separated by just a half-game in the divisional standings heading into Saturday's game two, the Twins and Royals combined for 24 hits as both squads took turns knocking opposing pitchers around throughout the evening. Taking the loss to fall to 8-4 on the year, Minnesota lefty Scott Diamond went six innings of four-run ball to conclude one of his poorest starts as of late. Diamond served up 10 hits to Royals hitters in the lackluster outing, marking the highest total he's yielded all season.

Aside from the sheer amount of base hits racked up, both teams still managed to kill off their own rallies on numerous occasions by hitting into double plays, as Minnesota tallied three while the Royals picked up four. In the end, first baseman Chris Parmelee was the only Twins player to put forth a multi-hit performance (2-for-3), while outfielder Denard Span finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts after sitting Friday's game out.

Right-hander Samuel Deduno will get the ball for manager Ron Gardenhire on Sunday with an eye on taking the three-game series, as the 29-year-old Dominican pitcher will hope to improve upon his 8:8 K:BB ratio through two starts.

For more on the Twins, head over to Twinkie Town. For more Royals news, visit Royals Review. And for more MLB coverage, check out Baseball Nation.

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