Posted April 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Tuesday night. The Royals, who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate in a five-run first. Mike Pelfrey (1-1) gave up hits to the first five batters he faced. Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar - the first of his career - each hit solo homers to keep the Twins close. Guthrie (2-0) improved to 7-0 in his past 13 starts dating to last Aug. 8. Guthrie, who has a 2.37 ERA during the stretch, allowed four runs on six hits, including the three home runs, in 6 2/3 innings. Greg Holland picked up the save, but not before walking two and giving up a single to Escobar, his third hit, to load the bases. Holland struck out Mauer to end the game, logging his second save in three chances. After Mauer gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the first, Alex G...

Analyzing Ervin Santana’s Pitch f/x Data from 4/08/13

by John Viril— We know Kansas City’s Ervin Santana dominated the Twins on Monday. Seven strikeouts, 1 earned run and 1 walk in 8.0 IP is an outstanding day in any pitcher’s book. What was even more encouraging was his pitch f/x data. As regular readers of my blog know, many pundits questioned Santana’s arm health over the winter. They pointed to 2 mph of lost velocity during...

Yost has faith in Holland, but for how long?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Amid all the excitement surrounding the Royals' thrilling 3-1 win on opening day, there is one issue still lurking for manager Ned Yost: Stabilizing the closer's role. Incumbent closer Greg Holland was shaky in Chicago, blew a save Saturday in Philadelphia, and struggled again Sunday against the Phillies before being bailed out by Kelvin Herrera. On Monday...

Hot Dog Derby racer eats it at Royals game

Your browser does not support iframes.The Kansas City Royals held their home opener at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. And by all accounts, it was absolutely glorious.As if playing its first home game of the season wasn't enough, Kansas City also entertained fans by hosting a hot dog race of sorts.It was all fun and games until the hot dog donning a red cap, red shoes, and red pants...

Is hitting earlier better for Mauer, Twins?

At one point or another, Twins catcher Joe Mauer has hit in every single spot in Minnesota's batting order during his career. For the majority of the more than 1,000 games he's been a part of since 2004, Mauer has been the Twins' No. 3 hitter.That is, until this season. Manager Ron Gardenhire moved his All-Star catcher up one spot in the order to begin 2013, and Mauer...

Twins Wednesday: Diamond ready for debut

Left-hander Scott Diamond was Minnesota's best pitcher in 2012, but he's missed the first two weeks of the 2013 season after recovering from offseason elbow surgery. He'll be returning to the mound soon. Manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters Wednesday in Kansas City that Diamond will make his season debut Saturday against the New York Mets at Target Field. Diamond has...

Twins Tuesday: Hicks gets a night off

After struggling at the plate in his first seven games as a major leaguer, Aaron Hicks finally got a day off Tuesday in the Twins' 7-4 loss to Kansas City. The 23-year-old Hicks, who is making his big-league debut this year, was just 2-for-30 with two walks and 13 strikeouts prior to Tuesday's game in Kansas City. That prompted manager Ron Gardenhire to give Hicks a day...

Tuesday night's Royals win generated second-biggest Royals rating ever

Tuesdays Twins-Royals game was the second highest-rated Royals game ever on FOX Sports Kansas City. The Royals 7-4 victory generated a 7.2 household rating in the Kansas City DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research. Tuesdays telecast peaked at an 8.9 rating83,000 households in Kansas City. The Royals won for the fifth time in six games, vaulting them into first place in the AL...

Pelfrey, Twins look to reignite winning streak

Mike Pelfrey had a splendid debut for the Minnesota Twins while winning his first start since Tommy John surgery. Jeremy Guthrie was just as strong in his first outing this season for the Kansas City Royals. The right-handers will try to build on those efforts as their teams continue a three-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday night. Pelfrey made three starts for the New York...

Royals go for three-game sweep of the Twins

(AP) -- The Kansas City Royals' bats got off to a slow start last week, but now they continue to string hits together. Kansas City will also look to string together its fourth straight win on Wednesday night as it seeks its first three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in nearly two years. The Royals (5-3) began the season with two losses while totaling two runs on 12 hits...

Dayton Moore Interview

In this interview with Dayton Moore, some of the things we discussed were his expectations when he took over in 2007, the acquisition of James Shields, and the futures of Eric Hosmer, James Shields, and Christian Colon.

Lorenzo Cain is having a no good, very bad day in center field

If that wasn’t bad enough, there was injury to insult.
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