July 14, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Royals Vs. Twins: Kansas City Loses 2 Of 3 Against Minnesota

The Royals will look to turn things around with a three-game series against last-place Minnesota.

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A.L. Central Standings Update: Royals Near The Bottom Of Division

The Kansas City Royals are toiling near the bottom of the American League Central standings in fourth place. They are 11 games behind the Detroit Tigers for first place, but they are just one-half game out of being in last place above the Minnesota Twins.

The Royals went 1-2 against the Twins in their latest series, and by winning that one game they avoided being last place in the A.L. Central. The bottom of the division is where the Royals most likely be for the remainder of the season as they are 9.5 games behind the White Sox and 6.5 games behind the third place Indians.

The next series for the Royals does not get much easier as they head out to West to take on the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 52 44 .541 0 Won 5
Chicago 50 45 .526 1.5 Lost 5
Cleveland 47 48 .494 4.5 Lost 4
Kansas City 40 54 .425 11 Lost 1
Minnesota 40 55 .421 11.5 Won 1

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Royals Vs. Twins Final Score: Kansas City's Comeback Falls Short As They Lose 7-5 To Minnesota

The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins are battling to stay out of the basement in the American League Central, and this time around it was the Twins who came out on top as they took two of three from the Royals including Sunday's finale by a score of 7-5.

The Twins were led by Ryan Doumit who went 3-for-4, had three runs, four RBI's and homered from both sides of the plate. The damage came in the second and third innings where the Twins scored four runs, and three of those came in the third inning on a Doumit two-RBI single and a RBI double by Brian Dozier.

Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie put the Royals in the 5-1 hole after five innings of work which made it difficult for the Royals to mount a comeback.

The Royals did make a comeback in the eighth and ninth innings where they scored two runs in each. Billy Butler got the scoring going in the eighth inning with a two-run blast, and in the ninth Alex Gordon had an RBI single while Yuniesky Betancourt came into pitch hit and had a home run. Those runs made it a 7-5 game, but it all came to an end when Mike Moustakas struck out to end the game.

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Royals Vs. Twins: The Battle For Last Place In The AL Central Concludes On Sunday

Hey, at least the Kansas City Royals aren't in last place in the division, right? The Royals have a 1.5 game lead over the Minnesota Twins as Kansas City tries to stay out of the AL Central cellar. On Saturday, the Royals defeated the Twins 7-3 and got the offensive output they've sorely needed from their young stars.

Lorenzo Cain drove in three runs, Alex Gordon blasted three hits and scored two runs and Luis Mendoza scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings and three earned runs to earn his fourth win of the season. What Mendoza started on Saturday, its now Jeremy Guthrie's job to continue on Sunday in taking the mound.

Guthrie will face the Twins Dominican hurler Samuel Deduno on Sunday as both pitchers look to put some positivity to their season stat lines. One final note, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was been placed on the paternity list prior to Saturday's game as his wife gave birth to the couple's second child.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 PM ET.

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Royals Vs. Twins: Sunday's Lineups Revealed For Series Finale

The Kansas City Royals will go for the series win versus their divisional rival Minnesota Twins on Sunday, as the Royals try and build some momentum after Saturday's 7-3 win. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for Kansas City versus Samuel Deduno of the Twins, and Chris Getz will start at second in place of Yuniesky Betancourt. Here are the starting lineups of both teams.

Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
8. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
9. Chris Getz (L) 2B

Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Ben Revere (L) RF
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Ryan Doumit (R) DH
6. Brian Dozier (R) SS
7. Alexi Casilla (R) 2B
8. Drew Butera (R) C
9. Jamey Carroll (R) 3B

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Royals Vs. Twins Final Score: Kansas City Defeats Minnesota 7-3

The Kansas City Royals rebounded Saturday night as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-3. The Royals received an offensive boost from Lorenzo Cain who drove in three runs, and Alex Gordon contributed with three hits and scored two runs in the win.

The game was close through most of the game, and in the top of the seventh inning the Twins made it a 4-3 game when Jamey Carroll hit a RBI double to close the game. The Royals offense responded in the bottom half of the inning when Can had one of his three RBI's when he doubled to center to knock in Bill Butler to make it a 5-3 the game.

Two more runs were scored in the eighth inning to give the Royals some security and build up their lead to four runs. Reliever Aaron Crow came through over the last two innings by striking out one, but more importantly he did not allow any runs or hits to preserve the win and earn his second save of the season.

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Royals Vs. Twins Game 2 Lineup: Kansas City Sending Luis Mendoza To The Mound Against Minnesota

The Kansas City Royals are looking to rebound from Friday night's 2-1 extra inning loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Royals are sending out Luis Mendoza to the mound who is 1-1 and has an ERA of 2.08 against the Twins this year, but overall this season he is has been inconsistent and has a 3-6 record and a 4.32 ERA.

The Twins are sending out Scott Diamond who started the season in the minor leagues, but he has come up big this season with an 8-3 record and a 2.96 ERA.

The Royals fielding lineup is the same, but they made some changes to the order from Friday night. Lorenzo Cain moves into the cleanup spot and Mike Moustakas drops to the sixth spot. Eric Hosmer also dropped in the lineup and moved from the sixth spot to the eighth spot for Saturday's game.

Royals lineup:
1. Alex Gordon LF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Billy Butler DH
4. Lorenzo Cain CF
5. Salvador Perez C
6. Mike Moustakas 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur RF
8. Eric Hosmer 1B
9. Yuniesky Betancourt 2B
Luis Mendoza P

Twins lineup:
1. Denard Span CF
2. Ben Revere RF
3. Joe Mauer C
4. Josh Willingham DH
5. Ryan Doumit LF
6. Chris Parmelee 1B
7. Brian Dozier SS
8. Alexi Casilla 2B
9. Jamey Carroll 3B
Scott Diamond P

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Royals Vs. Twins Final Score: Kansas City Falls To Minnesota 2-1 In 11 Innings

The Kansas City Royals fell to the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in 11 innings of play. The Twins were able to win the game in the top of the 11th inning when Royals closer Jonathan Broxton was not on his game and it started when he allowed Joe Mauer to ge on base with a double. Then Broxton allowed Josh Willingham to hit a single that scored Mauer and was the eventual game-winning run.

This Royals were actually lucky to see the 11th inning as reliever Greg Holland who worked out of a 10th-inning jam. He first allowed Nick Mastroianni to lead off with inning with a triple, but Holland kept Mastroianni on third by by retiring Alexi Casilla on a grounder. Then he struck out Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll. Overall Holland struck out four in two innings.

Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar had one of his best outings of the year as he lasted seven innings, struck out six and allowed only one run which was a solo home run. HIs counterpart was Nick Blackburn, who was just recalled from the minor leagues and held the Royals to one run and seven hits over 6.2 innings, while walking none and striking out two.

However, it was once again the Royals bats who could not get the job done. In their last attempt in the bottom of the 11th inning they had chances as Alex Escobar started off the inning with a double. He then advanced to third base, however Mike Moustakas hit a grounder to second base but Escobar was tagged out at home plate when trying to score the tying run.

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Royals Vs. Twins: Friday's Lineups Announced

The Royals welcome the Twins to town on Friday for a three-game series. Both teams are near the bottom of the AL Central standings and are 2-5 since the All-Star Break. The lineups for Friday's series-opener have been announced.

Here is the Royals lineup:

1. Alex Gordon LF

2. Alcides Escobar SS

3. Billy Butler DH

4. Mike Moustakas 3B

5. Lorenzo Cain CF

6. Eric Hosmer 1B

7. Jeff Francoeur RF

8. Salvador Perez C

9. Yuniesky Betancourt 2B

Here is the Twins lineup:

1. Ben Revere CF

2. Jamey Carroll SS

3. Joe Mauer 1B

4. Josh Willingham LF

5. Justin Morneau DH

6. Trevor Plouffe 3B

7. Ryan Doumit C

8. Darin Mastroianni RF

9. Alexi Casilla 2B

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Royals Vs. Twins: Game Time, TV Info And More

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