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Friday, April 11th (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (4-4) at Minnesota Twins (3-6), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (0-0, 1.42) Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (1-0, 1.80)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals will try to build off a solid homestand on Friday night when they begin a three-game series against the hosting Minnesota Twins.

The Royals began the season with a pair of losses in Detroit, but bounced back by winning four of six at Kauffman Stadium. They took on the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game set and powered their way to a 7-3 victory.

Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run fifth inning and finished with four RBI. His home run was the first hit by a Royals batter this season, snapping a club-record seven-game homer drought to begin the season.

Gordon's efforts were more than enough for Jeremy Guthrie, who yielded just one run over seven stellar frames.

Guthrie's efforts came one game after the Royals suffered a tough-luck 1-0 setback and Kansas City's starters have posted a 2.03 earned run average through the first eight games of the season.

"We weren't putting up the runs and our pitching staff was doing a great job, so we're going to keep grinding away and eventually I think it's going to come through," said Gordon. "It's early on and we got a good offense. I believe in our offense."

Getting the start for the Royals in this opener will be 36-year-old Bruce Chen, who began his sixth season with the club by hurling 6 1/3 solid innings in a no-decision versus the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Chen yielded a run on six hits, striking out seven without a walk in a game the Royals won 4-3.

The left-hander is 4-6 with a 4.59 ERA in 24 career meetings with the Twins, including 11 starts.

The Twins are aiming for their first home victory of the campaign tonight as they were swept in three games by the Oakland Athletics to begin a nine-game homestand. Minnesota dropped Thursday's finale 6-1.

Brian Dozier homered for the Twins, who mustered just three hits, and Mike Pelfrey didn't get out of the sixth inning and suffered his second straight setback of the season. The right-hander was charged with six runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking four in five-plus innings of work.

"It's not the way it's supposed to be," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of his club's struggles. "It's not like the guys aren't trying. It's just not working right now."

Kyle Gibson will try to improve on his victory to open his season last Saturday, a win that marked the 1,000th of Gardenhire's career.

Gardenhire reached the milestone despite the right-handed Gibson allowing three hits and four walks over five-plus innings. The 26-year-old was able to minimize the damage to just one run, however.

Gibson went 2-4 with a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts a season ago, making his MLB debut on June 29 in a start against the Royals. He won that outing, yielding two runs on eight hits over six innings without a walk.

Minnesota is hoping to have Josh Willingham in the lineup tonight. He has missed three straight contests due to a bruised left wrist suffered on Sunday when he was hit by a pitch.

The Royals dominated their season series with the Twins last year, winning 15 of the 19 meetings while posting an 8-2 mark in Minnesota.

04/11 10:25:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
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WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
Final
OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
2nd
UTEP 39
ALCOR 15
 
1st
SEAT 18
SACST 7
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
CHI 4
TOR 0
2nd
WIN 3
PHI 1
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
3rd
ARI 3
SEA 14