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Twins gain ground
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Twins 7, Royals 2
Nick Blackburn picked up the 10th victory of his rookie campaign. (Jim Mone/AP)
The Twins picked up 1 1/2 games on the first-place White Sox, who dropped both ends of a doubleheader, behind the efforts of MVP candidate Justin Morneau, who slugged his 23rd long ball, bringing his RBI tally to 119. The beneficiary of the Twins' offensive outburst was starter Nick Blackburn, who earned his 10th win.
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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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