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Redmond delivers for Twins with game-winning double

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Redmond has been an invaluable backup catcher for Minnesota over the past three years. Pressed into more playing time with Joe Mauer hurt and fighting persistent pain in his finger, Redmond hasn't let up.

Redmond's two-run double provided the winning margin for the Twins in a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

"We don't miss a beat when he's in there," said Joe Nathan, who got the final four outs for his 29th save in 31 opportunities.

Minnesota starter Carlos Silva (11-13) was hit hard in a two-run fourth, but he survived a sinker that wasn't sinking. Silva struck out four without a walk while giving up eight hits and three runs. He completed a quality start for the sixth time in his past seven appearances, defined by at least six innings with three runs or less.

Redmond helped him by capping a four-run rally in the fifth inning against Brandon Duckworth, who came off the disabled list to start for the Royals in a matinee that began at 11:10 a.m. local time. The Metrodome was needed for a college football game between Minnesota and Bowling Green in the evening.

Mauer, an All-Star and the league's batting leader last year, has been out for the past week because of a strained left hamstring. He missed more than a month earlier this season, due to a quadriceps injury, one of many reasons the Twins are essentially out of the playoff chase.

But the 36-year-old Redmond has proven himself as a reliable replacement, gaining even more respect by playing the past month with a dislocated middle digit on his left hand.

"He gets whacked on that finger probably every inning. He just keeps playing through it," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Duckworth (2-4), who has been in and out of rotations over the past seven seasons with Philadelphia, Houston and now Kansas City, returned from a rib cage injury he suffered in mid-June.

"I felt good. I felt like I threw a lot of strikes. I was going after guys," said Duckworth, who will probably move to the bullpen.

The Royals gave him one-run leads in the fourth and fifth innings, but he lost them both. Luis Rodriguez, who doubled in a run in the second, singled in the fourth and scored on an error by Tony Pena to tie the game at 2.

Emil Brown's dive couldn't stop a sinking single to left field by the Twins' Nick Punto, and Pena -- who picked up the ball at shortstop -- hit Punto on the back of his foot when he tried to throw him out on the retreat to first base.

That was the kind of ragged sequence that summed up this game, contrasting a crisp performance the previous night that featured a no-hitter taken into the ninth inning by Minnesota's Scott Baker.

These teams finished their third game in a 26-hour span, including Friday's day-night doubleheader. Royals center fielder Joey Gathright was charged with an error when he bobbled Michael Cuddyer's single during the big rally in the fifth when the Twins batted around.

Torii Hunter drove in the first run with a double, and Jason Kubel added an RBI single.

Duckworth surrendered eight hits, six runs -- five earned -- and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and hit one batter.

"We looked like a young team that's a little tired right now," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "Things are going a little fast right now for some of our younger guys."

Alex Gordon hit his 12th homer for the Royals in the fifth, and Shane Costa had a pair of RBI doubles. The second of those came in the eighth against Pat Neshek to cut the lead to 6-4. First baseman Justin Morneau and right fielder Cuddyer bailed Neshek out with diving catches of line drives in that inning.

Silva was lucky himself in the fourth, when Jason LaRue ended an 0-for-25 slump with a double to deep center field that bounced high off the turf and over the wall for a ground-rule double. Pena reached home easily from first and was in the dugout when the umpires sent him back, keeping Kansas City's lead at 2-1.

With a contract that expires this fall, Silva has been thinking about his future. With a 4.34 ERA in 28 starts, he has had a solid season after a rough 2006 and a shaky spring.

"I would like to stay here," Silva said. "This team means a lot to me."

Notes

  • Kansas City's Mike Sweeney had two hits in his second game back from the disabled list. He was booed mildly before his last at-bat, a reference to his single that stopped Baker's no-hitter the night before. "I take it as a compliment when you're out on the road," Sweeney said. "I remember as a kid going to Angels games, and I used to boo George Brett because he killed the Angels."
  • Minnesota shortstop Jason Bartlett had an overthrow and a dropped pop-up for his 22nd and 23rd errors. He made 13 errors in 2006 in 99 games. He has played in 118 of 136 games this season.
 
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Mike Redmond follows through on his two-run double that puts the Twins ahead in the fifth inning.  (AP)
Mike Redmond follows through on his two-run double that puts the Twins ahead in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

S. Costa
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

M. Redmond
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, CF5000002 .319
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B-SS5000031 .305
Mike Sweeney, DH5020010 .252
Alex Gordon, 3B4111013 .247
Billy Butler, 1B4220002 .300
Shane Costa, RF4122000 .210
Emil Brown, LF4010003 .245
Tony Pena, SS3021000 .260
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .298
    Esteban German, 2B0000000 .263
Jason LaRue, C3010012 .140
   b- David DeJesus, PH1000001 .270
    John Buck, C0000000 .224
Totals39411406  
a-flied out for Pena in the 8th
b-grounded out for LaRue in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Sweeney (11, Rincon), Billy Butler 2 (19, Silva, Neshek), Shane Costa 2 (4, Silva, Neshek), Jason LaRue (8, Silva)
HR - Alex Gordon (12, Silva)
RBI - Alex Gordon (48), Shane Costa 2 (10), Tony Pena (41)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (21), Tony Pena (13)
CS - Emil Brown (2, 2nd base by Silva/Redmond)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gordon-German-Butler
E - Joey Gathright (2, Misplayed grounder), Tony Pena (21, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Brandon Duckworth (L,2-4) 4.1865220 3.79
Neal Musser 1.2100130 4.50
David Riske 2000200 2.31
HBP - Bartlett (by Brandon Duckworth)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Duckworth 70-44, Neal Musser 28-18, David Riske 29-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Duckworth 4-7, David Riske 3-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Duckworth 24, Neal Musser 7, David Riske 7
Minnesota Twins
Jason Tyner, CF4000113 .298
Jason Bartlett, SS4110011 .278
Torii Hunter, DH4011010 .296
Justin Morneau, 1B3100100 .280
Michael Cuddyer, RF4110012 .280
Jason Kubel, LF3211100 .262
Mike Redmond, C3022100 .295
Luis Rodriguez, 3B4121012 .205
Nick Punto, 2B3010102 .198
Totals3269555  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (39, Duckworth), Mike Redmond (13, Musser), Luis Rodriguez (4, Duckworth)
RBI - Torii Hunter (96), Jason Kubel (52), Mike Redmond 2 (38), Luis Rodriguez (8)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Rodriguez (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jason Bartlett 2 (23, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (W,11-13) 6833041 4.34
Juan Rincon (H,10) 1100000 5.69
Pat Neshek (H,13) 0.2211000 2.61
Joe Nathan (S,29) 1.1000020 1.70
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 102-71, Juan Rincon 17-12, Pat Neshek 15-12, Joe Nathan 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 11-4, Juan Rincon 3-0, Joe Nathan 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 27, Juan Rincon 4, Pat Neshek 4, Joe Nathan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21738
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Jim Wolf