MLB Game Recap - Minnesota at Kansas City
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

BAL
9
BOS
4
F
MIN
4
KC
3
F
TB
1
TOR
4
F
DET
1
CHW
7
F
CLE
7
WAS
10
F
LAD
2
SF
0
F
MIA
3
PHI
9
F
CIN
4
PIT
2
F(12)
DET
4
CHW
3
F
CHC
8
STL
6
F
ATL
0
NYM
3
F
NYY
4
TEX
9
F
SD
5
ARI
6
F
MIL
2
COL
3
F(10)
HOU
6
LAA
3
F
OAK
1
SEA
0
F

September 28, 2019 2:15 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Minnesota (101-60)

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

4

9

0

Kansas City (58-103)

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

7

0

W: Duffey (5-1)

L: Barnes (1-5)

S: Rogers (30)

MIN - HR: Cruz (41)

KC - HR: Soler 2 (47)

Arraez gets hurt in Twins' 4-3 victory over Royals
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:41 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It was a tough moment for rookie third baseman Luis Arraez.

It could have been a lot worse.

Arraez sprained his right ankle during the seventh inning of Minnesota's 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, leaving his status for the Twins' AL Division Series against the New York Yankees in question.

Arraez collided with first baseman Willians Astudillo while he was chasing Hunter Dozier's popup at the mound. Astudillo caught the ball and Arraez grabbed the back of his right leg as he tumbled to the ground.

Arraez, who is batting .334 in 92 games for the AL Central champions, had to be carted off the field. But X-rays were negative.

"He's already in there breaking a few smiles and doing a little better than he initially thought," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He was definitely scared at the time. At least we got some good initial news."

Baldelli wouldn't speculate on when Arraez might return. The Twins' playoff opener is Friday in New York.

Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth for Minnesota (101-60), which has won six in a row and eight of nine overall. The Twins can match the franchise single-season record for wins set in 1965 with a victory in the finale Sunday.

Kansas City slugger Jorge Soler went deep twice to move into the AL lead with 47 homers. Soler snapped a tie with the Angels' Mike Trout, who is out with an injury.

Soler is looking to become the Royals' first league home-run champion. With his father, Jorge Sr., and other family members in the stands, Soler matched Rafael Palmeiro for the most homers in a season by a Cuban-born player.

"It means a lot, there's a lot of pride tying him at 47 - for the organization, for my family, for the people of Cuba," Soler said.

Whit Merrifield had three hits in Ned Yost's penultimate game with Kansas City. The 65-year-old Yost is retiring after Sunday's finale to his 10th season as Royals manager.

Soler connected in the first against Cody Stashak, sending a drive soaring over the wall in center. He added a two-run shot in the seventh against Tyler Duffey (5-1), tying it at 3.

"Cannon shots - they were just like they were shot out of a cannon," Yost said.

Cruz then led off the eighth with a drive to left for his 41st homer on a 3-2 pitch from Jacob Barnes (1-5).

It was a bittersweet moment for Cruz after Arraez's injury.

"It was difficult. He's a huge part of our team," he said. "We're a better team when he's playing. Hopefully he's ready for Friday."

Sergio Romo worked the eighth for the Twins before Taylor Rogers got three outs for his 30th save.

Cruz has nine homers, 28 RBIs and a .371 average in 16 games against Kansas City this year.

The game ended with rain failing. The start time was moved up five hours because of thunderstorms in the forecast.

GLASS FAMILY SALUTED

Video highlights of the Glass family's 20-year ownership of the Royals were shown on the scoreboard prior to the game, which was fan appreciation day at Kauffman Stadium.

Chairman David Glass, who plans to sell the franchise to John Sherman pending approval from other major league owners, waved and applauded his appreciation to the fans from his suite.

"It meant a lot," Yost said. "I got emotional for that too. We've gone through a lot of good times together. It was good to see him."

UP NEXT

Kansas City starts right-hander Jorge Lopez (4-9, 6.35 ERA) on Sunday against Twins left-hander Martin Perez (10-7, 5.13 ERA).

Pitchers of Record

Minnesota IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Duffey (W, 5-1) 1 2 2 0 2 18.00 2.000
T. Rogers (S, 30) 1 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.000
Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Barnes (L, 1-5) 1 1 1 0 1 9.00 1.000

Batting Leaders

Minnesota AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Garver 3 2 2 0 0 1 4 0 3.2
N. Cruz 4 2 1 1 1 0 6 0 3.0
Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Soler 3 2 2 2 3 1 8 0 6.2
W. Merrifield 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 2.4

Team Comparison

MIN KC
At Bats 35 33
Hits 9 7
Batting Average .257 .212
On Base Percentage .270 .278
Slugging Percentage 0.486 0.394
Doubles 5 0
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 1 2
Total Bases 17 13
Walks 1 3
Strikeouts 6 13
Stolen Bases 0 1
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 6 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 3/8 0/3
Double Plays Fielded 2 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - MIN Leads Series 14-4

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Apr 2 MIN 5 @ KC 4 T. Hildenberger B. Boxberger
Wed Apr 3 MIN 7 @ KC 6 T. May W. Peralta
Fri Jun 14 KC 0 @ MIN 2 K. Gibson J. Diekman
Sat Jun 15 KC 4 @ MIN 5 J. Odorizzi G. Sparkman
Sun Jun 16 KC 8 @ MIN 6 J. Lopez M. Perez
Thu Jun 20 MIN 1 @ KC 4 G. Sparkman J. Odorizzi
Fri Jun 21 MIN 8 @ KC 7 R. Harper J. Diekman
Sat Jun 22 MIN 5 @ KC 3 T. May W. Peralta
Sun Jun 23 MIN 1 @ KC 6 H. Bailey M. Pineda
Fri Aug 2 KC 9 @ MIN 11 T. May R. Lovelady
Sat Aug 3 KC 3 @ MIN 11 K. Gibson D. Duffy
Sun Aug 4 KC 0 @ MIN 3 D. Smeltzer B. Keller
Thu Sep 19 KC 5 @ MIN 8 L. Thorpe J. Barnes
Fri Sep 20 KC 3 @ MIN 4 R. Dobnak E. Skoglund
Sat Sep 21 KC 12 @ MIN 5 R. Rosario T. Rogers
Sun Sep 22 KC 8 @ MIN 12 Z. Littell J. Lopez
Fri Sep 27 MIN 6 @ KC 2 J. Berrios E. Skoglund
Sat Sep 28 MIN 4 @ KC 3 T. Duffey J. Barnes

Game Information

Stadium: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 21,995
Game Time: 3:04
Weather: 67F, Overcast
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?