Royals split twin bill against Twins

KC lost games one and two 7-1 and 11-7, then on Thursday prevented the sweep with a 5-1 win.

A rainy Saturday turned into a long Sunday for the Twins and the Royals as they wrapped up their series with a doubleheader split. Minor, who signed a $7.25 million, two-year contract with the Royals in February 2016, got his first major league victory since August 28, 2014, for Atlanta at the New York Mets, and his first win as a reliever. "His leg was fine".

"It felt good", Mejia said.

Gordon was in the lineup on Sunday afternoon as the Royals played the first game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. He relieved Jake Junis with a 5-2 lead in the fifth, two outs and two on.

A water collects in a rain gauge at Target Field as rain forced the postponement of a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Minneapolis.

Minor had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in May 13, 2015, and did not appear in the major leagues in 2015 and 2016. He earned a win while giving up just one hit in two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and four walks.

Reliever Mike Minor (1-1) picked up the win in relief of Junis, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to start the first game for Kansas City as reliever Al Albuquerque was designated for assignment. Minor, who signed a $7.25 million, two-year contract with the Royals in February 2016, got his first major league victory since August 28, 2014, for Atlanta. This should be a fairly decent pitching matchup, but I'll take the Royals here, as I think their offense has shown signs of life this week (not necessarily at opportune times, however). The Royals will race to NY to try and get some sleep - probably in those twin sets of twin-beds, if old baseball movies are to be believed - before starting a 4-game series against the Yankees.

Gordon's wife, Jamie, is scheduled to give birth to the couple's third child - and first daughter - on Monday.

The Royals have also placed outfielder Alex Gordon on the paternity leave list and recalled infielder Raul Mondesi from Omaha. That means LHP Miguel Almonte, initially the Royals' 26th active player Sunday, remains on the 25-man roster. There's some uncertainty about right-hander Nate Karns, who pitched five innings on Friday night but departed with stiffness in the top of his pitching arm. Manager Ned Yost said fluid was found in the elbow area but Karns does not have a strain.

Kennedy will be activated off the 10-day disabled list.

Phil Hughes will pitch game one of the doubleheader tomorrow for the Twins. Gibson will take Hughes' place on the roster. He hit a twin to his Game 1 home run, a 2-run shot that also scored Eric Hosmer into the left-field bleachers to give the Royals the lead before the Twins ever got to bat.

Twins: Minnesota had not announced its Monday starter against Baltimore.

  • Carolyn Briggs