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Updated: June 9th, 2010 9:39pm
Twins cruise 6-2, set up chance for sweep of Royals

Twins cruise 6-2, set up chance for sweep of Royals

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Carl Pavano cruised through eight strong innings, Delmon Young homered and the Minnesota Twins set up a chance for a sweep with Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close the door for the Twins (35-24), who improved to 6-2 this season against the Royals and 20-9 at Target Field in front of a stadium-record crowd of 40,323.

The star was Pavano (6-6), who allowed two runs in the third inning and only four baserunners the rest of the way. It was the eighth time in nine starts -- and fourth in a row -- Pavano has gone at least seven innings, and the Twins gave him plenty of support.

Young opened the scoring in the second inning with a line drive into the second deck in left field -- a blast that traveled an estimated 404 feet.

After Jason Kendall's sacrifice fly and Billy Butler's single put the Royals ahead 2-1 in the top of the third, the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on Joe Mauer's double into the right-field corner.

They took the lead for good in the fourth -- when they loaded the bases with no outs and Michael Cuddyer scored on Danny Valencia's double-play groundout -- and then added a run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth to give Pavano a cushion.

Now, a possible sweep is in the hands of right-hander Scott Baker (5-4, 4.52 ERA), who will start on Thursday against Royals lefty Bruce Chen (2-0, 2.95).

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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