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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
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EDM
CAR
 
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SFG
KAN
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
DET 109
PHI 103
Final
NOP 88
DAL 85
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ORL
DAL
 
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TOR
NYK
 
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MEM
MIA
 
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CHI
MIN
 
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HOU
SAN
 
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UTA
PHO
 
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LAL
SAC
 
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GSW
DEN
 
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LAC
POR
 
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
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VT 6
MIAMI 30
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CIN
SFLA
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SALABAMA
TROY
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BSU
BYU
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CAL
OREG
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BOS 2
NYI 3
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DET 4
PIT 3
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MIN 2
ARI 0
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NAS 3
CHI 2
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STL 1
VAN 4
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CAL 5
CAR 0
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LOS 2
BUF 0
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SJS 4
CLB 5
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NJD
DAL
 
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WIN
TAM
 
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COL
VAN
 
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EDM
CAR
 
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ANA
CLB
 
Final
DEN 35
SDC 21