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Wednesday, August 7th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Twins (49-61) at Kansas City Royals (57-53), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Samuel Deduno (7-4, 3.17) Kansas City - Danny Duffy (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - Lefty Danny Duffy makes his first big-league appearance of the season and 27th of his young career when the Kansas City Royals host the Minnesota Twins to wrap up a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

A third-round selection of the Royals in 2007, Duffy debuted in the majors in 2011 and won four of 12 decisions across 20 starts with a 5.64 earned run average.

He returned for six starts in 2012 and split four decisions while allowing 13 runs and striking out 28 batters across 27 2/3 innings, surrendering an opposition batting average of .252.

The 24-year-old Californian split the early portion of 2013 between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, going a combined 3-2 in 14 appearances (12 starts) with a 4.14 ERA.

He dropped his lone career meeting with the Twins after allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings.

For Minnesota, red-hot Dominican righty Samuel Deduno aims for a fourth win in his last five starts.

The 30-year-old was 4-4 on the season after a 7-4 loss at Tampa Bay on July 8, but has since won three times and gotten one no-decision while allowing just five runs in 27 innings.

He was a 3-1 winner over the Royals, improving his career record against them to 3-0 on June 27, when he tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory.

In 19 1/3 career innings against Kansas City, Deduno has allowed just two runs and has held Royals batters to a .217 average.

On Tuesday, Andrew Albers pitched into the ninth inning in his major league debut and Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Twins over the Royals, 7-0.

Albers (1-0) allowed just four hits, struck out two and walked just one over 8 1/3 innings of work, as the Twins rebounded from a 13-0 loss in the opener to win for the fourth time in five outings.

Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer and Chris Colabello had two hits, including a home run, and scored two runs for the Twins.

Kansas City starter James Shields (6-8) suffered the loss as his home struggles continue. The right-hander was tagged for seven runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

Eric Hosmer ended 2-for-3 for Kansas City, which had a modest three-game winning streak end and lost for just the second time in 14 games.

The Royals won 10 of the first 13 games between the teams in 2013.

08/07 10:44:17 ET

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Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
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MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
Final
OKC 86
GSW 91
 
1st
LAL 9
DEN 6
 
Final
GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
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UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
Final
FAIR 80
SD 72
Final
EMICH 79
LONG 48
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ND 74
PROV 75
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
Final
DEN 80
COPST 54
 
Final
UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
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OKLA 90
NWST 68
Final
KSU 59
YALE 66
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
Final
PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
Final
BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
Final
CIN 54
EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
Final
LATU 76
PBY 48
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RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
Final
SAMF 64
UMKC 55
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NAVY 70
BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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UNT 58
IONA 78
Final
KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
Final
UCF 76
USCU 69
 
Final
SCAR 63
AKR 68
 
Final
WVU 78
UCONN 68
 
Final
CALST 70
DEL 52
 
Final
HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
Final
OSU 106
SHU 48
Final
VANDY 78
TENST 46
2nd
NE 65
MAN 51
 
2nd
COLST 70
MERC 58
 
2nd
MISS 65
NARZ 51
 
2nd
WASH 62
PAC 53
 
Final
LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
1st
CHAR 28
MIAMI 30
 
1st
GAELS 27
UCI 26
 
1st
ILLST 22
ODU 8
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCLA
LBSU
10:30pm Tonight
SEAT
MONT
 
Final
WIN 2
STL 4
Final
NYR 5
MON 0
 
2nd Intermission
ANA 2
ARI 0
 
1st
VAN 0
CHI 0
 
Final
HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
Final
SFX 17
WAS 13
2nd
NYG 21
DAL 10