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Minnesota Twins (9-11) at Kansas City Royals (15-3), 2:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Brad Radke (1-2, 7.84)
Kansas City - Chris George (2-1, 5.94)
(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals look to stay unbeaten at home
this afternoon when they continue their rain-shortened series against the
Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Wednesday's contest was rained out and
will be made up on June 16. The game never began and was called after a nine
It was the third time this season the Royals have had a game postponed because
of inclement weather.
In the opener of the set on Tuesday, Joe Randa launched a three-run homer and
Runelvys Hernandez pitched 6 2/3 solid innings to spark Kansas City to a 4-3
win. Randa has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games and is 17-for-48 in that
stretch with three homers and eight RBI.
Hernandez (4-0) allowed just one run and three hits. He struck out three and
overcame six walks to earn the victory for the Royals, who are off to a
franchise-best 15-3 start.
Hernandez, who has permitted just four earned runs and 17 hits in 32 2/3
innings this season, had his earned run average drop to 1.10.
Mike MacDougal allowed two runs and two hits in the ninth but earned his
eighth save of the season for Kansas City, which remains the only unbeaten
team at home this season (9-0).
The Royals are currently 12 games over .500 and were last 13 over the break-
even mark on August 10, 1994, the final day of the strike-shortened season.
They have won four straight overall and lead the AL Central by 4 1/2 games
over the Chicago White Sox.
Torii Hunter posted two hits and Luis Rivas scored twice for the Twins, who
have lost five straight after six consecutive wins. The defending champs in
the Central are now seven games back of the Royals.
Kenny Rogers (2-1) absorbed the loss, allowing four runs and seven hits in six
innings of work.
Chris George takes the ball today for the Royals and is 2-1 on the year with
a 5.94 ERA. After allowing three runs over his first two starts, the 23-year-
old southpaw was roughed up in his last outing against the White Sox on
Thursday. He surrendered eight runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in his
first loss of the season.
George was also torched in his only start against the Twins, who reached him
for six runs on seven hits over three innings.
Brad Radke will counter for the Twins and is 1-2 on the season with a lofty
7.84 ERA. After a brilliant performance to open the season, Radke has allowed
a combined 17 runs on 26 hits over just 14 innings in his last three starts.
The veteran righthander faced the Yankees on Friday and allowed seven runs and
nine hits over five innings in an 11-4 loss.
The 30-year-old has started 22 games in his career against the Royals and is
8-7 with a 4.62 ERA.
Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran, who began the season on the DL and missed
the first 14 games, is hitless in his 13 at-bats this season.
Minnesota took 14 of the 19 meetings between these teams last season and
posted an 8-2 mark in Kansas City. Since the start of the 2001 season the
Twins are 27-12 against the Royals and are 14-6 inside Kauffman Stadium.
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