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American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Kansas City



(Monday, April 8th)

Final Score: Kansas City 3, Minnesota 1

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals rallied to score three runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-1, in their home opener Monday.

Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had an RBI apiece for the Royals, who saw starter Ervin Santana (1-1) pitch eight innings of one-run ball. Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Ryan Doumit drove in the Twins' lone run in the first inning. Starter Kevin Correia (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings in defeat.

"I'd rather have a bad outing and win the game," said Correia. "At this point in my career I'm not really trying to pad my stats or anything like that. I just want to go out there and win the game. Santana threw a helluva game, so you're going to run into that here and there."

In the first, Doumit brought Joe Mauer home with a two-out single to left. Next up was Trevor Plouffe, and he also hit a single to left, but Doumit was thrown out at second while attempting to advance.

It was a pitching duel between the starters until the eighth inning. Gordon hit a one-out single, bringing Lorenzo Cain home. Escobar doubled in the next at-bat plating Gordon. Jared Burton entered from the bullpen and threw a wild pitch with Butler batting, allowing Escobar to reach third. Butler then singled to easily plate Escobar.

"Ned (Yost) kept saying, 'Hey, we need to get something going,'" said Gordon about his manager. "He kept telling us if someone gets on we're going to hit- and-run. No one was getting on, so finally I got on first. Esky (Escobar) handles the bat pretty good and was able to find the gap. With me off and running, it was a pretty easy score."

Crow came in the ninth for the Royals. He was able to strike out Plouffe. Then, after walking Chris Parmelee, he forced Brian Dozier to hit into a double play, ending the game.

Game Notes

Gordon was the only Kansas City player to strike out ... The Twins were 2- for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base ... Santana is three wins away from having 100 for his career ... The Royals celebrated 40 years of baseball at Kauffman Stadium, the sixth-oldest active park in the majors. It first opened on April 10, 1973.

04/08 20:39:18 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
9th
ARI 0
NYM 9
 
8th
ANA 6
OAK 5
 
7th
SDP 2
COL 3
 
6th
SFG 0
LOS 1
 
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
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MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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ANA
OAK
 
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SDP
COL
 
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SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
3rd
LAC 84
DEN 66
 
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CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
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DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
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SAC
PHO
 
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TAM
MON
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PIT
CLB
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ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR