What Danny Duffy gave the Royals earlier this month in a spot start in Detroit he delivered with even greater emphasis Wednesday night in a 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Duffy was dominant and at times electric and virtually unhittable. He often flashed those qualities in the past before elbow surgery — the non-iconic Tommy John procedure — put everything on hold.
What was different this time was Duffy owned the strike zone. Seven strikeouts and no walks in 6⅔ shutout innings before the Royals went to their bullpen in closing out a fourth straight victory.
The Royals flashed some offensive muscle too in hitting three home runs including two absolute bombs by Salvy Perez. It could have been three; Perez just missed a homer in his first at-bat and settled for a double.
Perez finished with his third career four-hit game — his single was notable too — and produced his second four-RBI game in three days. He also drove in four runs Monday in an 11-1 victory over Tampa Bay.