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Updated: April 18th, 2010 4:25pm
Twins strand 11, lose series finale to Royals

Twins strand 11, lose series finale to Royals

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins stranded 10 baserunners on Sunday afternoon en route to a 10-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals, thwarting their chances for a three-game sweep.

Carl Pavano (2-1, 4.96 ERA) was hit hard early and often, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked none.

Alberto Callaspo powered the Royals' offense with two home runs, a single, and a career-high six RBI. Kansas City (5-7 ) pounded out 16 hits as a team, and eight of the Royals' nine hitters tallied at least one hit.

The Twins (9-4) had plenty of chances to score runs off Royals' starting pitcher Luke Hochevar (2-0, 2.89 ERA), who allowed 11 baserunners in six innings, including having the bases loaded with nobody out in the first inning, and the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth. The Twins could muster only two runs in the first, and zero runs in the fourth, when Justin Morneau struck out to end the inning.

Jim Thome, who pinch hit for Brendan Harris, also struck out with the bases loaded to end the seventh.

The Twins have an off-day Monday before opening a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Target Field. Kevin Slowey (1-1, 3.48 ERA) is scheduled to face Justin Masterson (0-1, 2.45 ERA).

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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