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Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Attendance: 28,775
Twins, Royals finish weekend series
Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
- The Twins lost to the Red Sox, 6-1, in Boston on Thursday, dropping three of the four games they played there. Minnesota scored a combined 10 runs on 26 hits in the series, while giving up 20 runs on 36 hits.
- The Royals fell to the Tigers, 7-3, in Detroit on Thursday in the rubber match of the series. It was their first series loss of the month, as they had been 6-0-1 entering the series, with the only blemish being a four-game split with the Astros.
- Minnesota is 8-1 against Kansas City this season, which includes a pair of wins in Kansas City at the end of April. The Twins have scored at least five runs in six of those eight games, while allowing at least five runs in just two of those games.
- Ervin Santana threw 6.0 shutout innings on Sunday in Cleveland, picking up his 10th win of the season, tied for second in the AL. He had pitched just 5.0 innings in each of his previous two starts, allowing five and six runs, respectively.
- Jason Vargas is the only AL pitcher with more wins, as he picked up his 11th of the year, one behind Clayton Kershaw for the MLB lead, by allowing just two runs in 7.0 innings on Saturday against Toronto.
- Eddie Rosario has been solid at home, batting .333, but away from Target Field, he's hitting just .220. The .113 difference is the second biggest in the majors - only Colorado's Charlie Blackmon (.131) has seen a bigger drop-off on the road.
- Strasburg mulls skipping All-Star games
- Kemp rejoins Dodgers, Gonzalez to Braves
- Yanks keep Sabathia on 1-year, $10M deal
- Nats 2B Murphy hopeful of playing opener
- Padres sign RHP Lyles, designate P Wood
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Travis Wood signed a two-year, $12 million contract on Feb. 15, it was with the caveat that he would be given an opportunity to compete for a Kansas City Royals starting job.
Nathan Karns won the three-man spring training competition for the final rotation slot over Wood and Chris Young, who was released in June. Karns is on the 60-day disabled list with a forearm injury.
Wood will make his first Royals start Sunday for the series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
"When we signed Travis Wood, this was the scenario; he competed for a starting spot out of spring training," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It wasn't that Karns outright won the job. We just liked Nate's stuff. Travis had a good spring."
Wood started the season horribly. He had an 18.56 ERA in nine April bullpen outings. He did not get his ERA into single digits until May 21, when he lowered it to 9.77.
Lately Wood has been lights outs. In his last seven appearances, he did not allow a run over 9 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six in that span, holding hitters to a .156 average, lowering his ERA to 6.25.
Wood, however, has not thrown more than 49 pitches in a game this season and likely be on a 65-pitch limit Sunday in his first start since Sept. 19, 2015 while with the Chicago Cubs.
"He's been right back to throwing strikes," Yost said. "He's been very efficient, been very effective. Let's give it a shot and see what we got."
The Royals and Twins split a doubleheader Saturday. The Twins won the finale 10-5, while the Royals used four home runs to power their way to an 11-6 victory in the opener.
"We just came out of Boston and we saw a team that really fights with two strikes and makes you throw a lot of pitches," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Kansas City, through their World Series runs, were the same. They really pride themselves on trying to put the ball in play and making guys work.
"It works to their advantage, not only when you do put it in play, but making pitchers throw extra pitches. The Royals have done a nice job."
The Royals are at .500, 40-40, after losing 20 of their first 30 games. The Twins are just in front of the Royals with a 41-39 record in the American League Central.
"They got off to a little bit of a rough start and they've found their way back and they're playing good baseball," Molitor said. "I think they're getting healthy, for the most part. But, offensively, they do present challenges because these guys really do know how to grind out at-bats."
The Twins will start left-hander Hector Santiago in the finale of this four-game series. He has a 9.51 ERA in his last six starts, losing five of them.
He is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts against Kansas City this season. He last faced them on May 19, allowing three runs over five innings. He is 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 17 career games, 11 of them starts, in his career against the Royals.
Santiago is 2-1 with a 3.73 ERA in eight career appearances, five starts, at Kauffman Stadium.
Updated July 2, 2017