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Twins' Cuddyer homers twice in an inning

Aug 23, 2009 - 10:55 PM By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP) -- After seeing a curveball on the first pitch of his previous at-bat, Michael Cuddyer was looking for something soft. He got it and hit it out. Next at-bat, Cuddyer saw a pitch and reacted to it. Same result.

Two pitches, two approaches, one piece of history.

Cuddyer homered twice in Minnesota's eight-run seventh inning and Denard Span added a three-run triple, helping the Twins turn a close game into a 10-3 rout over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

A pitching duel between Twins starter Carl Pavano and Brian Bannister turned ugly in a hurry in the seventh, when Cuddyer hit the first pitch for a homer, then added a two-run shot that put the Twins up 9-1. Playing his sixth straight game in place of Justin Morneau (ear infection), Cuddyer became the first Twins player to hit two homers in an inning and the first in the majors since Boston's David Ortiz did it against Texas last August.

"A very special day and a very special scenario that happened," Cuddyer said after going deep twice in an inning for the first time on any level. "It was a pretty cool day."

And an important one for the Twins.

Pavano pitched seven solid innings, Orlando Cabrera drove in two runs and the Twins had 14 hits - every starter at least one - to sweep a road series for the first time since taking three games from San Diego from June 24-26, 2008. After a 2-7 start to August, Minnesota went 5-2 on its latest road trip, scoring 23 run in three games against the Royals to keep pace with the AL Central-leading Tigers.

"We knew that we had to start winning games and winning series," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "To come in here and play like this, the guys stepped up."

Pavano (11-9) was sharp after a shaky outing against Texas on Tuesday, allowing two runs and eight hits in his seven innings. Bannister (7-10) wasn't bad, either, matching Pavano most of the way.

Then came the seventh.

Brendan Harris followed Cuddyer's homer with a double and scored on Delmon Young's single, chasing Bannister.

In came Kyle Farnsworth - and things got really ugly.

Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single after shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt was pulled out of position on a hit-and-run. Alexi Casilla dropped a feathery bunt down the third-base line, beating the throw to first even with the infield drawn in. Span followed with a triple over the first-base bag and scored on Cabrera's sacrifice.

Cuddyer ended the outburst with his 22nd homer and third in two games, a no-doubt shot to left. He came up again with two on the ninth, but couldn't come through, flying out to right. Still, three hits, two homers in one inning and three RBIs - not bad for a guy filling in for the 2006 AL MVP.

"He's having a strong year," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He's a run-producer. Last year he was hampered by some injuries, so it's really not a fair evaluation me comparing him to last year to this year."

Bannister's line ended up worse than it should have been: four runs and six hits in six innings. Farnsworth was charged with five runs and five hits in one inning.

It ended in a familiar result: another loss for the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City has baseball's worst home record at 25-39 and is 10-28 overall since just before the All-Star break.

"It was disappointing," Bannister said. "I felt like I had given my team a chance to win and we had been scoring runs this series, but Pavano did a good job of holding us down today. It was just a battle until that seventh inning."

That one inning - and two swings by Cuddyer - was all it took.

NOTES: Twins 3B Joe Crede was scratched with a sore back and replaced by Brendan Harris. Crede is listed as day to day. ... Royals SS Yuniesky Betancourt robbed Joe Mauer of a hit in the sixth with a diving stop to his right. ... The Twins hadn't swept a road series against an AL opponent since taking a three-game series against the Royals on May 27-29, 2008.






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    Twins 10, Royals 3  FinalAug 24 5:54 AM


  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 1 10 14 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - CARL PAVANO, JEFF MANSHIP (8TH), BOBBY KEPPEL (9TH) AND JOE
    MAUER
    KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER, KYLE FARNSWORTH (7TH), BRUCE CHEN (8TH) AND
    BRAYAN PENA
    WP - CARL PAVAN

    Aug 23 5:10 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MAUER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 10
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.304, 0-FOR-4)

    Twins 10, Royals 3  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 23 4:56 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE JACOBS SCORED BILLY BUTLER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M JACOBS ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    KANSAS CITY 3 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A CALLASPO (.297, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins 9, Royals 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 23 4:41 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED MARK TEAHEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ANDERSON ON FIRST, M MAIER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    KANSAS CITY 2 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B PENA (.308, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins 9, Royals 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 23 4:27 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (22) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 7TH OFF KYLE FARNSWORTH SCORED JOE MAUER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9, KANSAS CITY 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.265, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Twins 9, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 23 4:17 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED DENARD SPAN
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.375, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins 7, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 23 4:11 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED ALEXI CASILLA, CARLOS GOMEZ AND
    DELMON YOUNG
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, D SPAN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: O CABRERA (.280, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 6, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 23 4:08 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C GOMEZ (.242, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 3, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 23 4:03 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (21) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF BRIAN BANNISTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2, KANSAS CITY 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.263, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Twins 2, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 23 3:57 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE JACOBS SCORED DAVID DEJESUS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M JACOBS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    KANSAS CITY 1 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A CALLASPO (.297, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 1, Royals 1  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 3:51 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MARK TEAHEN ALLOWED CARLOS GOMEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O CABRERA ON FIRST, D SPAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.377, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 1, Royals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 23 2:54 PM