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Updated: September 7th, 2010 9:49pm
Young and Thome lead offensive barrage in Twins' 10-3 thrashing of Royals

Young and Thome lead offensive barrage in Twins' 10-3 thrashing of Royals

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Delmon Young's bat has returned, and Jim Thome continues to mash -- we learned that much after the Minnesota Twins bludgeoned the Kansas City Royals, 10-3 on Tuesday night.

The Twins scored one run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by J.J. Hardy, then added six more in the third on RBI singles by Jason Kubel, Delmon Young, Hardy, and an RBI triple by Matt Tolbert.

Royals starter Brian Bannister left after just 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks.

In the fourth inning, Young -- who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs -- belted a two-RBI double to the gap in deep left field, giving him a career-high 97 RBIs on the season.

Two innings later, Jim Thome blasted a 552-foot home run over the porch in right field, putting the Twins up 10-2. The monster blast was the 586th of Thome's career, tying him with Frank Robinson for eighth on the all-time list.

The Twins offense pounded out 13 hits and drew four walks, and each starter reached base at least one time.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano allowed only two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out four and threw 95 pitches.

Outfielder Ben Revere struck out swinging in the seventh inning in the first plate appearance of his major league career.

LHP Brian Duensing (7-2, 2.09) is scheduled to face RHP Zack Greinke (8-11, 3.87) in Wednesday night's series finale. Listen live at 7:10 p.m. on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

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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