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Big hit eludes KC
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Twins 5, Royals 0
Ross Gload awaits the late throw as Matt Tolbert reaches on a bunt. (Orlin Wagner/AP)
The Royals had their hands full with Twins newcomer Livan Hernandez, falling to him for a second time. Ace Gil Meche's two walks proved a big part of Minnesota's four-run second, and the Royals couldn't get to Hernandez despite loading the bases with one out in the fifth.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (5-5)
Won 2
Minnesota 5, Kansas City 0   KC
Kansas City (6-4)
Lost 2
April 11, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   5 8 0
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 9 0
Standings thru 4/11/08  |  Recap: MIN | KC  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Royals stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gomez, CF5122010.326
Tolbert, SS4031101.556
Mauer, C5000005.278
Morneau, 1B2111201.250
Young, LF3100103.263
Kubel, DH4000012.233
Harris, 2B3110110.346
Lamb, 3B4000024.188
Span, RF4111020.222
Totals345855716 

BATTING
2B: Gomez (4, Meche).
3B: Gomez (1, Yabuta).
HR: Morneau (3, 3rd inning off Meche, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Gomez 5; Tolbert 3; Morneau 4; Harris; Span.
RBI: Span (1), Gomez 2 (4), Tolbert (1), Morneau (8).
2-out RBI: Span; Gomez 2; Tolbert.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mauer; Lamb.
GIDP: Young.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Tolbert (1, 2nd base off Meche/Buck), Young (2, 2nd base off Meche/Buck).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Span (Butler at 2nd base).

 
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gathright, CF4010000.200
Grudzielanek, 2B4010002.387
Teahen, LF3010111.343
Guillen, RF4000025.146
Butler, DH4010013.385
Gordon, 3B4020000.317
Gload, 1B4010011.324
Buck, C4010003.226
Callaspo, SS4010003.357
Totals350901518 

BATTING
2B: Gordon (3, Hernandez), Buck (1, Nathan).
TB: Gathright; Grudzielanek; Teahen; Butler; Gordon 3; Gload; Buck 2; Callaspo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Callaspo 2; Buck; Butler 2.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: (Grudzielanek-Callaspo-Gload).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hernandez (W, 3-0)7.07001302.57
Crain 1.01000103.38
Nathan 1.01000100.00
 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche (L, 0-2)6.05554617.13
Yabuta 2.02001100.00
Ramirez 1.01000000.00

WP: Nathan, Meche.
IBB: Morneau (by Meche).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez 99-63, Crain 9-5, Nathan 20-16, Meche 108-62, Yabuta 38-24, Ramirez 12-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Hernandez 10-8, Crain 1-0, Nathan 1-1, Meche 8-4, Yabuta 2-3, Ramirez 2-1.
Batters faced: Hernandez 29, Crain 3, Nathan 4, Meche 26, Yabuta 9, Ramirez 4.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Marty Foster. 2B: Derryl Cousins. 3B: Angel Hernandez.
Weather: 42 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 18 mph, L to R.
T: 2:46.
Att: 16,691.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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