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Twins earn ticket to October
Twins 8, Royals 1
The Twins celebrate after their 8-1 win over the Royals on Monday. (Jim Mone/AP)
 Twins clinch
 Bonser's postgame interview:
 Gardenhire on clinching
 Hunter's 30th homer
 Morneau's three-run shot
Boof Bonser held the Royals to one run in 6 2/3 innings, and Torii Hunter's two-run homer combined with Justin Morneau's three-run blast helped the Twins clinch a spot in the playoffs. Minnesota now trails Detroit by one game for the AL Central lead.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 25, 2006
KC
Kansas City (58-98)
Lost 7
Minnesota 8, Kansas City 1   MIN
Minnesota (93-63)
Won 3
September 25, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 3 1
Minnesota
1 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 X   8 12 0
Standings thru 9/25/06  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Twins Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gathright, CF3000100.231
German, 2B4000011.331
DeJesus, LF4010010.294
Brown, DH3010101.289
Shealy, 1B3000022.277
Costa, RF3000012.267
Buck, C3000001.241
Keppinger, 3B3000010.205
Berroa, SS3111010.235
Totals29131277 

BATTING
2B: Brown (40, Bonser).
HR: Berroa (9, 6th inning off Bonser, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: DeJesus; Brown 2; Berroa 4.
RBI: Berroa (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Buck.
GIDP: German.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Gathright (3, throw).
DP: (German-Berroa-Shealy).

 
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B3100201.297
Punto, 3B5031003.297
Mauer, C3121210.349
Cuddyer, RF5110026.277
Morneau, 1B4223101.324
Hunter, CF4222110.280
Nevin, DH3000112.242
Tyner, LF4121010.316
  Ford, LF0000000.222
Bartlett, SS4000013.317
Totals3581287716 

BATTING
2B: Hunter (21, De La Rosa).
HR: Hunter (30, 7th inning off Greinke, 1 on, 0 out), Morneau (34, 8th inning off Gobble, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Punto 3; Mauer 2; Cuddyer; Morneau 5; Hunter 6; Tyner 2.
RBI: Mauer (82), Tyner (18), Punto (45), Hunter 2 (95), Morneau 3 (129).
2-out RBI: Punto; Morneau 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morneau; Cuddyer 2; Punto 2; Nevin.
GIDP: Cuddyer.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Hunter (12, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Buck).

FIELDING
DP: (Bartlett-Castillo-Morneau).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
De La Rosa (L, 5-6)4.25226506.49
Greinke 2.14331218.10
Gobble 1.03330015.29
 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bonser (W, 7-5)6.22112514.15
Reyes (H, 15)0.10000000.91
Neshek 1.00000102.31
Nathan 1.01000101.65

IBB: Mauer (by Greinke).
Pitches-strikes: De La Rosa 90-51, Greinke 36-20, Gobble 29-19, Bonser 104-68, Reyes 2-2, Neshek 13-9, Nathan 15-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: De La Rosa 4-5, Greinke 3-2, Gobble 3-0, Bonser 9-6, Reyes 0-1, Neshek 0-2, Nathan 2-0.
Batters faced: De La Rosa 24, Greinke 12, Gobble 6, Bonser 23, Reyes 1, Neshek 3, Nathan 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Greinke 2-0, Reyes 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione. 1B: Brian Runge. 2B: Bruce Froemming. 3B: Mike Winters.
Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:44.
Att: 18,108.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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