MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Royals use a five-run eighth to defeat Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals used a five-run eighth inning to beat the Twins 6-1 in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field last night in Minneapolis. Alex Gordon's three-run double keyed the inning, while Billy Butler added a solo shot in the ninth. It was Butler's 14th homer of the season. James Shields improved to 9-and-8, dealing seven-and-a-third innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts. Kansas City has won three in-a-row since dropping back down to .500.