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7-15, 5th in AL Cent
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Sano drives in 4 as Twins beat Royals 6-4

Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer hit consecutive two-run doubles in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

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Mauer's RBI single the difference (0:21)
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Sano smacks 6th homer of the season (0:29)
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BBTN: Cespedes Pulls Up Lame, MLB "Dead or Alive"

Buster Olney talks to Stephania Bell about the severity of the injuries to Cespedes, Syndergaard & Bumgarner. Plus, Buster and Justin Havens play MLB "Dead or Alive" to predict the fate of the Pirates, Mariners, Royals and others.

ESPN Staff  

Remember those personalized potatoes sent to NBA players? Well, it looks like the trend has expanded into the baseball world. Royals P Danny Duffy received a tater with an image of him holding Team USA's trophy after the World Baseball Classic. (duff805/Instagram)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The White Sox finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling Royals with a 5-2 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday afternoon. Jose Quintana struck out 10 over six innings, including a career-best seven during his first three frames. Red-hot Avisail Garica continued his torrid start with his fourth homer. Chicago now heads to Detroit for a weekend series. Depending on the Detroit-Seattle game later, the teams could enter the series deadlocked for first atop the AL Central. Meanwhile, the Royals have dropped seven straight and have scored two or fewer runs in nine of their last 10 games.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The White Sox say that Jose Abreu has been initially diagnosed with a mild right hip flexor strain. Chicago heads for Detroit after today's series finale with the Royals, and Abreu will be re-evaluated there. His availability is listed as day to day.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when it appeared that the White Sox have their offense rolling, they may have lost their clean-up hitter. Jose Abreu slipped while he was trying to retrieve an errant grounder and immediately grabbed at his hamstring. He limped off the field, mostly off his own power. Hopefully it's not serious.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Take a good pitcher trying to rediscover himself and an opponent struggling horrifically at the plate, and this is what you get: The White Sox's Jose Quintana has struck out seven Royals over his first three innings, the most he's ever punched out over the first three frames of an outing. Chicago leads 2-0.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Another scary Royals tidbit: They're hitting .199 as a team. Last team with an AVG under the Mendoza Line in April: The 2003 Tigers - lost 119!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Royals have scored 2 runs or fewer 8 games in a row. Just so you know, the last AL team with a longer single-season streak was Mario Guerrero's '78 A's (9)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

More Joey Gallo goodness: After his massive homer in the third, he went upper deck off Royals starter Nate Karns in the fifth. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that one went 431 feet and, with an apex of 160 feet, was the highest-hit homer of the season. The guy is putting on a show. For the Rangers' temporary third baseman in place of Adrian Beltre, that's his first career multi-homer game. Nine of Gallo's 12 career homers have traveled at least 430 feet, per ESI. After going 1 for 25 at the big-league level last season, Gallo now has five homers and a .582 slugging percentage in 17 games this season.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier, Tampa Bay's Corey Dickerson mashed a 445-foot homer with a 117.1 MPH exit velocity, making it the hardest hit ball so far this season in MLB, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Well, that didn't last long: The bomb Texas' Joey Gallo just hit off Kansas City's Nate Karns went 462 feet (!) with an exit velo of 123.6 mph (!!). According to our stat crew, that's the hardest-hit homer since ESPN since starting tracking these things in 2009.

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Can defense keep AL Central close?

Keeping up with the Indians won't be easy, but thanks to a healthy Lorenzo Cain, the Royals join the Twins and Tigers in bidding to win with improved defense.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs5830th
Batting Average.20530th
On Base Percentage.26830th
Slugging Percentage.32630th
Earned Run Average4.0717th
Quality Starts12Tied-8th
WHIP1.3118th
BAA.23911th

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