Royals sweep Twins 02 Aug 13

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (54-51) AT MINNESOTA TWINS (45-60)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013 – TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN


                                                                 

FINAL

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Kansas City Royals

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11

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8

Minnesota Twins

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8

WINNING PITCHER:  Shields (6-7, 3.08)

LOSING PITCHER: Diamond (5-10, 5.52)

SAVE:  None

 

 

FIRST PITCH:  12:11 pm                       GAME TIME TEMP:  78 degrees, wind from NW at 11 mph                           TIME OF GAME 3:00                            ATTENDANCE:  35,448

 

HOME RUNS:     Morneau (9, off Shields, third inning, nobody on, two outs, 1-0 pitch, 410 feet to center field)

 

PITCHING LINES:

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

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James Shields (W)

6.0

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116/67

Luke Hochevar

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26/16

Louis Coleman

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17/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINNESOTA TWINS

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Scott Diamond (L)

5.0

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92/59

Anthony Swarzak

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35/26

Josh Roenicke

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17/12

 

ROYALS NOTES:

  • ·    The Royals defeated the Twins today to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games, the longest since opening the 2003 season (March 31-April 12)…over the nine-game streak the Royals pitching staff has posted a 1.39 ERA (84.0 IP, 13 ER)…the Royals are now 10-3 against the Twins this season and 27-19 against the American League Central.
  • ·    The Royals swept the Twins for the first time in Minnesota since May 7-10, 1999, in four games…this marked the first sweep of three games in Minnesota since August 4-6, 1998.
  • ·    The win marked the first time the Royals have started a roadtrip 6-0 since June 5-11, 1980, when they won four at Texas and four at Cleveland.
  • ·    James Shields improved to 5-3, 2.53 ERA (85.1 IP, 24 ER) in 13 road starts this season and has now won four straight decisions away from Kauffman Stadium…he is now 22-11 for his career in August…he tied his career-high with five walks today, none of which scored.
  • ·    Salvador Perez (2-for-5) is a career .378 (42-for-111) hitter against the Twins in 29 games and has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games against Minnesota, batting .395 (30-for-76) in that span.
  • ·    Alex Gordon hit his fifth triple in the third inning, matching his single-season career-high, done in 2012…with last night’s triple, it marked the second time this season a Royal had tripled in consecutive games, the other being Lorenzo Cain May 1 & 4.
  • ·    Billy Butler (2-for-5) is hitting .351 (67-for-191) with six home runs and 29 RBI in 49 games against the Twins since the start of 2011…in 32 career games at Target Field, he is hitting .307 (39-for-127) with three home runs and 21 RBI.
  • ·    Prior to today’s game the Royals placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain, making room on their 25-man roster for newly acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell…Maxwell made his Royals debut today going 1-for-3 with a single, an RBI and a walk.

 

TWINS NOTES: ­

  • ·    The Twins lost their fourth straight game today…they were swept for the eighth time this season.
  • ·    Scott Diamond was dealt his 10th loss of the season today (5-10) and dropped his fourth straight decision…he walked three-plus for the fourth time in his last five starts…two of his walks today scored.
  • ·    Brian Dozier (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with his 19th double in the third inning…he has 35 hits in his last 37 games, 15 of which are doubles.
  • ·    Justin Morneau recorded his 26th double in the second inning giving him 283 for his career, passing Eddie Yost and moving into sole possession of 10th place on the Twins/Senators (since 1901) franchise all-time list.
  • ·    Morneau hit his ninth home run in the third inning, his seventh off a right-handed pitcher and seventh at Target Field…it also marked the 213th home run of his career, moving him within seven of tying Tony Oliva (220) for third on the Twins all-time list.
  • ·    Morneau went 2-for-3 off Royals starter James Shields, making him 13-for-35 (.371), including three home runs and eight RBI lifetime against the right-hander.
  • ·    Joe Mauer (1-for-4) is hitting .449 (22-for-49) with a .526 on-base percentage in his last 13 games.
  • ·    Twins hitters struck 30 times during this three-game series…they have struck out 65 times in their last six games.
  • ·    The Twins drew 35,448 in attendance today, marking their fifth time going over 35,000 in their last seven home games.