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Bannister hit hard
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Twins 7, Royals 2
Miguel Olivo celebrates his second-inning homer with Ross Gload. (Jim Mone/AP)
Looking to put a dent in the Twins' playoff hopes, the Royals instead were unable to recover from an early deficit after a rocky outing by starter Brian Bannister, who came up short in his 13th attempt at victory No. 8. The right-hander was touched for runs in each of the four frames in which he worked.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (61-82)
Lost 2
Minnesota 7, Kansas City 2   MIN
Minnesota (79-65)
Won 1
September 9, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 0
Minnesota
1 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 X   7 13 1
Standings thru 9/9/08  |  Recap: KC | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Twins stats
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
DeJesus, CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .297
Aviles, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .322
Guillen, J, RF 4 0 3 1 0 0 2 .258
Butler, B, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .276
Teahen, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .243
Olivo, C 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 .256
Shealy, 1B 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .231
Gload, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .270
Callaspo, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .296
Totals 31 2 6 2 2 4 8  

BATTING
2B: Guillen, J (36, Blackburn).
HR: Olivo (12, 2nd inning off Blackburn, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Olivo 4; DeJesus; Guillen, J 4; Callaspo.
RBI: Olivo (37), Guillen, J (87).
2-out RBI: Guillen, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Butler, B; Guillen, J.
GIDP: Gload, Butler, B.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
DP: (Aviles-Callaspo-Shealy).

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 5 2 3 1 0 0 1 .306
Casilla, A, 2B 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 .294
Mauer, C 3 0 0 2 0 0 2 .324
Morneau, 1B 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 .311
Kubel, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .275
Young, D, LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .286
Buscher, 3B 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .306
Punto, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .285
Gomez, C, CF 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 .251
Totals 33 7 13 7 1 7 7  

BATTING
2B: Span (14, Bannister, B), Punto (18, Bannister, B), Buscher (9, Bannister, B).
3B: Gomez, C (5, Bale).
HR: Morneau (23, 4th inning off Bannister, B, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Punto 2; Gomez, C 3; Kubel; Morneau 5; Span 4; Buscher 4; Casilla, A; Young, D.
RBI: Mauer 2 (73), Gomez, C (42), Span (36), Buscher (45), Morneau 2 (119).
2-out RBI: Span; Buscher; Morneau 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mauer; Punto; Span.
SAC: Casilla, A.
SF: Gomez, C; Mauer.
GIDP: Punto.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Casilla, A (10, throw).
DP: 2 (Casilla, A-Punto-Morneau, Buscher-Casilla, A-Morneau).

 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bannister, B (L, 7-15) 3.2 10 7 7 1 2 1 5.81
Bale 1.1 3 0 0 0 0 0 6.05
Gobble 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10.46
Wells, K 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5.45
Lowery 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn (W, 10-8) 7.0 5 2 2 1 3 1 3.67
Reyes, De 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.48
Crain 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.90

Pitches-strikes: Bannister, B 93-64, Bale 22-13, Gobble 13-9, Wells, K 19-13, Lowery 12-8, Blackburn 97-70, Reyes, De 11-3, Crain 12-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Bannister, B 5-3, Bale 3-0, Gobble 1-0, Wells, K 0-1, Lowery 0-2, Blackburn 11-2, Reyes, De 2-0, Crain 0-1.
Batters faced: Bannister, B 22, Bale 6, Gobble 3, Wells, K 3, Lowery 3, Blackburn 25, Reyes, De 4, Crain 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Crain 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Greg Gibson. 1B: Charlie Reliford. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Chad Fairchild.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:35.
Att: 17,015.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
September 9, 2008
September 9, 2008

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