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American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Kansas City
(Thursday, April 24th)
Final Score: Kansas City 2, Minnesota 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Carlos Febles went 2-for-3 with a run
scored and Mike Sweeney homered to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1
victory over the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
Chris George (3-1) earned the victory for Kansas City, which has won five
straight and took both games of the abbreviated set. Wednesday's contest was
rained out. George threw six innings and allowed just one run on five hits
while striking out three and walking two batters.
The Royals became just the ninth team in Major League Baseball since 1901 to
begin a season 10-0 at home and the first since the 1987 New York Yankees. The
Royals also matched their all-time mark of 16-8 in the month of April. It is
the first time since 1989 that Kansas City has had a winning record in
baseball's opening month.
Mike MacDougal earned his MLB-leading ninth save of the season after allowing
one hit in a scoreless ninth.
Brad Radke (1-3) pitched his first complete game of the season while suffering
the loss. He hurled eight innings and allowed just two runs on four hits to go
along with four strikeouts and a walk.
Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski each collected two hits in the loss for
Minnesota, which outhit the Royals, 7-4, and has dropped six straight games
after winning six in a row.
Sweeney put the Royals ahead 1-0 in the fourth when he homered to right field
with two outs.
The Twins tied the game in the top of the sixth inning. Bobby Kielty walked
with two outs and moved to third on Corey Koskie's single. Hunter then singled
to score Kielty.
Kansas City moved ahead for good in the bottom of the frame. Febles led off
with a single to center. After Michael Tucker lined out, Joe Randa doubled to
left-center, scoring Febles.
Minnesota threatened to tie the contest in the ninth. Hunter singled to center
leading off and moved to second base on a wild pitch by MacDougal. Doug
Mientkiewicz then fanned for the first out, which brought Michael Cuddyer
to the plate. Cuddyer flied out to left field and Raul Ibanez doubled up
Hunter, who was running on the play, at second to end the game.
The Royals are 6-1 in one-run games this season...Jason Grimsley threw the
eighth for Kansas City...Febles also stole a base in the contest.
04/24 20:49:27 ET
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