KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins yesterday. The Royals had been shut down all night by the Twins' Ricky Nolasco. But the AL Central leaders managed to break through against closer Glen Perkins in the ninth. Wade Davis earned the win with a perfect ninth inning in relief.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Seth Maness in the eighth inning last night to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2. The Pirates won after reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left in the fifth inning because of discomfort in his left ribs. The center fielder ran into the wall earlier in the game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura will miss his next start due to soreness in his back. Liam Hendricks will make his first start for the club today since arriving in a trade from Toronto. Second baseman Omar Infante was held out of the lineup for last night's series opener against Minnesota with shoulder inflammation. Christian Colon started in his place.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday. Coach Andy Reid says he is unlikely to play any of his starters in tomorrow night's preseason game in Green Bay. The Chiefs have struggled to gel while dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions.
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