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Twins keep pace
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Twins 11, Royals 6
Scott Baker allowed four runs, but kept the Twins in the game. (AP)
Denard Span had four hits and six RBIs, including a bases-clearing triple in a five-run fourth and an RBI single in a four-run eighth. That helped keep the Twins two games behind the Tigers, and it made a winner out of Scott Baker, who retired 13 straight during a 6 1/3-inning solid start.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (81-73)
Won 5
Minnesota 11, Kansas City 6   KC
Kansas City (63-92)
Lost 4
September 26, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 0 5 0 2 0 4 0   11 13 1
Kansas City
0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1   6 9 1
Standings thru 9/26/09  |  Recap: MIN | KC  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Royals stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF-RF 5 1 4 6 0 0 2 .311
Cabrera, O, SS 5 1 1 1 0 0 4 .273
Mauer, C 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 .371
Kubel, RF 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 .296
  Gomez, C, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Cuddyer, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .277
Young, D, LF 5 1 0 1 0 2 5 .271
Harris, B, DH 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .264
Tolbert, 3B 5 3 3 0 0 1 1 .228
Punto, 2B 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 .230
Totals 36 11 13 11 5 7 16  

BATTING
2B: Tolbert (5, Yabuta), Mauer (28, Yabuta).
3B: Span (10, DiNardo).
TB: Cuddyer; Tolbert 4; Harris, B 2; Span 6; Cabrera, O; Mauer 3.
RBI: Young, D (48), Harris, B (36), Span 6 (66), Cabrera, O (68), Mauer 2 (92).
2-out RBI: Span 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, O 2; Young, D.
SAC: Punto.
SF: Harris, B.
GIDP: Cabrera, O.
Team RISP: 6-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
PO: Span (1st base by Wright, J).

FIELDING
E: Cabrera, O (23, throw).
DP: 2 (Cuddyer-Cabrera, O, Cabrera, O-Cuddyer).

 
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bloomquist, RF 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .265
Maier, LF 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .255
Butler, B, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .305
Jacobs, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .229
Callaspo, 2B 4 2 2 2 0 1 0 .302
Pena, B, C 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .275
Gordon, A, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .224
Betancourt, Y, SS 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 .241
Anderson, J, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Totals 34 6 9 6 2 6 9  

BATTING
2B: Callaspo (38, Baker, S), Butler, B (50, Mahay).
HR: Callaspo (11, 2nd inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 0 out), Pena, B (6, 2nd inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Butler, B 2; Callaspo 6; Jacobs; Gordon, A; Bloomquist; Pena, B 5; Maier.
RBI: Callaspo 2 (72), Pena, B (16), Gordon, A (19), Butler, B (92), Betancourt, Y (45).
2-out RBI: Butler, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs.
GIDP: Butler, B.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Betancourt, Y (17, throw).
Outfield assists: Anderson, J (Mauer at home).
DP: (Callaspo-Butler, B).
Pickoffs: Wright, J (Span at 1st base).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (W, 14-9) 6.1 6 4 4 1 5 2 4.48
Mahay 1.2 1 1 1 1 0 0 4.47
Keppel 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4.96
 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
DiNardo (L, 0-2) 5.0 8 7 3 3 2 0 7.52
Wright, J 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.44
Yabuta 0.1 4 4 4 1 1 0 14.73
Farnsworth 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.42
Marte, V 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.20

DiNardo pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

WP: Yabuta.
HBP: Kubel (by DiNardo), Cuddyer (by Farnsworth).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, S 91-68, Mahay 24-14, Keppel 17-13, DiNardo 102-66, Wright, J 28-14, Yabuta 30-17, Farnsworth 12-6, Marte, V 5-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, S 5-4, Mahay 3-2, Keppel 1-1, DiNardo 9-3, Wright, J 2-1, Yabuta 0-0, Farnsworth 0-0, Marte, V 1-0.
Batters faced: Baker, S 24, Mahay 7, Keppel 5, DiNardo 26, Wright, J 7, Yabuta 6, Farnsworth 3, Marte, V 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Mahay 1-1, Wright, J 2-2, Farnsworth 1-0.
Ejections: Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire ejected by HP umpire Eric Cooper (8th)
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Chuck Meriwether. 3B: Laz Diaz.
Weather: 71 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, L to R.
T: 3:03.
Att: 30,690.
Venue: Kauffman Stadium.
September 26, 2009
September 26, 2009

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