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Twins look to regain winning ways vs. Royals

Aug 31, 2007 - 2:57 PM Kansas City (59-73) at Minnesota (67-66) 2:10 pm EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) - The Minnesota Twins will look to get back on track against the Kansas City Royals when they play the first game of a doubleheader on Friday which kicks off a four-game set.

Within 5 1/2 games of American League Central-leading Cleveland (76-57) as late as Sunday after winning five straight, the Twins were promptly swept by the Indians, leaving them nine games behind the pacesetters in the division. They also find themselves 7 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (75-59) in the AL Wild Card race.

If history is any indicator, Matt Garza (3-4, 3.16 ERA) should keep the Royals in check. Yet despite holding Kansas City to .188 batting average and 1.88 ERA in his two starts against them, he has taken the loss each time.

The righthander picked up the win in his his most recent outing on Saturday, permitting one run and five hits with four walks over five innings in an 8-1 victory at Baltimore.

Kansas City will counter with Kyle Davies (5-11, 6.10), who will hope to avoid losing his fourth consecutive start. He was roughed up in Saturday's 9-4 setback versus Cleveland when seven runs and eight hits over just two frames.

The righthander, who had never opposed Minnesota prior to this season, has faced them twice in this campaign, taking the loss while he was still a member of the Atlanta Braves in June before picking up a win in his second start as a Royal. Kansas City acquired Davies from Atlanta on July 31 in exchange for closer Octavio Dotel.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 3 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 9 12 1
    MINNESOTA 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - KYLE DAVIES, JOHN BALE (6TH), RYAN BRAUN (8TH), JOEL PERALTA
    (8TH) AND JASON LARUE
    MIN - MATT GARZA, MATT GUERRIER (6TH), JULIO DEPAULA
    (7TH), CARMEN CALI (9

    Aug 31 5:13 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIKE REDMOND SCORED RONDELL WHITE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUSCHER ON FIRST, C HEINTZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 9
    MINNESOTA 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J TYNER (.304, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 5:08 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ROSS GLOAD (6) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF MATT GUERRIER SCORED DAVID DEJESUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 9, MINNESOTA 3
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.295, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 4:04 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ESTEBAN GERMAN SCORED JOEY GATHRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D DEJESUS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 7
    MINNESOTA 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R GLOAD (.301, 1-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 4:04 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    ERROR BY MATT GARZA ALLOWED EMIL BROWN AND TONY PENA JR TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J GATHRIGHT ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    MINNESOTA 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J LARUE (.138, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 4:04 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY JASON TYNER SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J TYNER ON FIRST, C HEINTZ ON SECOND, J
    KUBEL ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    MINNESOTA 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J BARTLETT (.278, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 3:30 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY JASON KUBEL SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KUBEL ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    MINNESOTA 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C HEINTZ (.240, 0-FOR-0, SAC)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 3:19 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY EMIL BROWN SCORED ROSS GLOAD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BROWN ON FIRST, A GORDON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    MINNESOTA 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T PENA JR (.258, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 2:57 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TORII HUNTER (27) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF KYLE DAVIES.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3, MINNESOTA 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.284, 29 HR, 95 RBI)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 2:31 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - KYLE DAVIES
    MIN - MATT GARZA

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J TYNER (.304, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
    J BARTLETT (.280, 5 HR, 38 RBI)
    T HUNTER (.297, 26 HR, 94 RBI)

    Royals vs. TwinsAug 31 2:24 PM