Twins sweep Royals, hit the road for Indians series

[picappgallerysingle id="9443716"]After struggling to sweep teams earlier this season, the Minnesota Twins have swept two teams in a row: the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals. The Minnesota Twins went 8-1 this home stand.

That’s a lot of momentum rolling into the road series in which the Minnesota Twins will play the Chicago White Sox for the final time this regular season. The Twins, in case you haven’t heard, are now 5.5 games ahead of the White Sox in the race for the AL central division.

It was a rough ninth inning last night before Twins closer Matt Capps got the save. The Royals came from behind and nearly tied it up for extra innings. But Capps kept his cool, and the Twins walked away with a 4-3 victory and series sweep.

Twins starting pitcher Brian Duensing was terrific last night, allowing only six hits and one run in eight innings, and facing no more than five batters in any inning. With that performance, Duensing lowered his ERA to 2.02. Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke, however, just cannot come up with a win against the Twins. The reigning AL Cy Young winner is 0-4 against the Twins this season.

J.J. Hardy had a big night for the Twins offensively, including his sixth home run of the year. Denard Span also came up with a two-run triple to give the Twins the lead in the fifth inning. Matt Tolbert also continues to come through as he plays third base for the injured Danny Valencia.

If the Minnesota Twins keep playing like they did against the Rangers and the Kansas City Royals, there will be no real race for the AL central division, because the Twins will win it easily. Still, it will be an exciting match up at the Cell next week.

But first, the Twins take on Cleveland in a three-game series that starts tomorrow night with Carl Pavano on the mound.

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