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Royals return home to looking to end losing streak

May 27, 2008 - 11:53 AM Minnesota (25-25) at Kansas City (21-30) 8:10 pm EDT

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) - After a dreadful road trip, the Kansas City Royals look to end an eight-game losing streak when they host the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

Kansas City won just twice during their 11-game road swing and were swept in a pair of four-game series at Boston and Toronto. The Royals also were outscored, 23-4, over the weekend by the Blue Jays.

The Royals have scored just 16 runs during the skid and have been shutout twice over that span.

Brian Bannister (4-6, 4.94 ERA) hopes to get the Royals back on track when he takes the hill. The righthander has dropped his last two starts and gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings during Thursday's 11-8 loss at Boston.

Bannister threw a complete game in his only start against the Twins this season, giving up one unearned run and three hits on April 13.

The Twins won two out of three over the weekend against Detroit and will counter with rookie Nick Blackburn (4-3, 3.55) on the mound.

Blackburn lost his last start, giving up seven runs - just one earned - and 10 hits over six innings in Minnesota's 10-1 loss to Texas last Wednesday.

Minnesota won two of three in the first series between the teams earlier this season, blanking Kansas City in both victories.








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    FINAL 12
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    10 11 12 R H E
    -- -- -- - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 0 1 4 12 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 3 11 0 (FINAL 12)

    BATTERIES: MIN

    May 27 11:53 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CUDDYER ON FIRST, J MORNEAU ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP, 12TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.247, 0-FOR-5, RBI)

    Twins 4, Royals 3  Top 12, 0 OutsMay 27 11:37 PM
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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN BY MARK TEAHEN (3) TO
    LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE 9TH OFF JOE NATHAN SCORED ALEX GORDON AND
    MIGUEL OLIVO.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3, KANSAS CITY 3
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.252, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins 3, Royals 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 27 10:48 PM
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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEXI CASILLA SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CASILLA ON SECOND, C GOMEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 3, Royals 0  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 27 9:32 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JASON KUBEL SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D YOUNG (.268, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 2, Royals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 27 9:15 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CUDDYER ON FIRST, J MORNEAU ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.253, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 1, Royals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 27 9:12 PM
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    Twins 0, Royals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 27 9:02 PM