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09/09/07 8:30 PM ET

Royals take on familiar foe in Bonser

Minnesota (70-73) at Kansas City (62-80), Monday, 7:10 p.m. CT

Shouldn't the Royals be tired of seeing Boof Bonser? Monday will be the sixth time that Bonser has started against them this season.

But, really, it hasn't been all that boring for the Royals. They've beaten the Twins in the last three of Bonser's five starts, and they've batted .312 off him. The last time the Royals saw Bonser, they routed him in the second inning, getting an Alex Gordon home run and five other hits.

The Boofster hasn't beaten the Royals all season, so bring him on -- again.

Royals starter Billy Buckner, on the other hand, will be a fresh face and arm for the Twins to consider. He's making just his second Major League start, and the Twins haven't faced him.

The Royals have an 8-7 record against the Twins this year and, you might have noticed, aren't too far behind Minnesota in the American League Central standings.

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Billy Buckner (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Buckner made his first Major League start and third appearance against the Rangers on Tuesday, allowing six runs in four innings, taking a no-decision. Buckner allowed five runs in the first inning, surrendering four extra-base hits, including four homers.

MIN: RHP Boof Bonser (6-12, 4.95 ERA)
Bonser struggled in his last start. He lacked control over any of his pitches and gave up five earned runs to the Royals before he was yanked after just 1 2/3 innings, the shortest start of his career. This season, Bonser is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in five starts against the Royals.

Players to watch
The Royals have seen much of Bonser this year, and among those coming up roses: David DeJesus, 6-for-16 (.375), with four RBIs; Ross Gload, 6-for-14 (.429); and Mark Teahen, 6-for-11 (.545), with one homer run. Oh, Gordon has two solo home runs off Bonser, too.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Twins (Scott Baker, 8-7, 4.14) at Royals (Kyle Davies, 6-12, 5.81), 7:10 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Twins (Carlos Silva, 11-13, 4.34) at Royals (Gil Meche, 7-12, 3.82), 1:10 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Off-day

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.