Enjoying their longest win streak of the season, the Kansas City Royals have a chance to celebrate moving over the .500 mark Tuesday night.
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is expecting to receive celebratory cigars for a different reason.
Gardenhire's Twins expect to have Joe Mauer back from paternity leave when they seek to end the visiting Royals' six-game run.
Kansas City (51-51) matched its longest 2013 streak with Sunday's 4-2, 12-inning road win over the Chicago White Sox. It's the Royals' best record this late in the year since they finished 2003 at 83-79.
"To get here was big," said manager Ned Yost, whose club was last over .500 on May 18. "Now we got to get past it and just stay focused day to day."
Mauer will rejoin the Twins (45-57) and play for the first time since last Monday. He was away from the team since his wife gave birth Wednesday, appropriately enough to twins.
Gardenhire, known for his love of cigars, said he is expecting a pair from his superstar...