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No gain for Twins
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Royals 4, Twins 1
Francisco Liriano, making his first start in over a month, went just 1 2/3 innings. (AP)
The Twins had avoided Zack Greinke all season, but they couldn't capitalize on their chances in the series finale, missing a prime bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the third. Minnesota got nice relief after Francisco Liriano's short start, but missed a chance to pull within one game of Detroit, which lost to Chicago.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (81-74)
Lost 1
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 1   KC
Kansas City (64-92)
Won 1
September 27, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 11 0
Kansas City
0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 X   4 6 0
Standings thru 9/27/09  |  Recap: MIN | KC  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Royals stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 .312
Cabrera, O, SS 5 1 3 0 0 1 5 .276
  1-Casilla, A, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .196
Mauer, DH 5 0 2 0 0 2 6 .371
Kubel, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 7 .293
Cuddyer, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .277
Young, D, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .271
Morales, J, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .337
Tolbert, 3B 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 .225
Punto, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .231
Totals 36 1 11 1 2 9 27  

1-Ran for Cabrera, O in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Cabrera, O (33, Greinke).
TB: Morales, J; Cuddyer; Span 2; Young, D; Punto; Cabrera, O 4; Mauer 2.
RBI: Cuddyer (89).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kubel 3; Young, D; Cabrera, O; Morales, J; Mauer.
GIDP: Morales, J, Kubel.
Team RISP: 1-for-14.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
PB: Morales, J (5).
Outfield assists: Young, D (Betancourt, Y at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Cabrera, O-Cuddyer, Punto-Cuddyer).

 
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bloomquist, LF-RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .265
Maier, CF-LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .252
Butler, B, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 2 3 .304
Pena, B, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .270
Callaspo, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .301
Olivo, C 2 1 0 0 2 1 2 .251
Teahen, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .268
  Anderson, J, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Betancourt, Y, SS 3 2 3 3 0 0 0 .246
Hernandez, L, 2B 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .182
Totals 25 4 6 3 7 6 16  

BATTING
2B: Callaspo (39, Liriano, F), Betancourt, Y (20, Manship).
HR: Betancourt, Y (6, 2nd inning off Liriano, F, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Betancourt, Y 7; Bloomquist; Callaspo 2; Hernandez, L.
RBI: Betancourt, Y 3 (48).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena, B; Butler, B; Teahen 2.
SAC: Teahen; Hernandez, L.
GIDP: Bloomquist.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bloomquist (24, 2nd base off Liriano, F/Morales, J), Hernandez, L (1, 2nd base off Liriano, F/Morales, J).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Butler, B-Betancourt, Y-Greinke, Soria-Betancourt, Y-Butler, B).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Liriano, F (L, 5-13) 1.2 3 3 3 3 1 1 5.88
Manship 3.2 3 1 1 3 5 0 5.81
Keppel 1.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.80
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.75
 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Greinke (W, 16-8) 7.0 7 1 1 2 8 0 2.06
Soria (S, 29) 2.0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2.25

WP: Manship 2.
HBP: Young, D (by Soria).
Pitches-strikes: Liriano, F 45-24, Manship 66-34, Keppel 19-10, Crain 4-3, Greinke 97-67, Soria 46-28.
Groundouts-flyouts: Liriano, F 3-0, Manship 3-2, Keppel 1-0, Crain 0-1, Greinke 6-6, Soria 4-0.
Batters faced: Liriano, F 11, Manship 16, Keppel 4, Crain 3, Greinke 29, Soria 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Manship 2-0, Keppel 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Reilly. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Laz Diaz. 3B: Eric Cooper.
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 2:49.
Att: 28,721.
Venue: Kauffman Stadium.
September 27, 2009
September 27, 2009

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