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Twins 5, Royals 4
Nick Blackburn was perfect for the first four innings. (Jim Mone/AP)
Hours after Michael Cuddyer's solo homer gave the Twins a victory over the Royals, the Tigers' loss to the White Sox gave Minnesota a share of the AL Central lead heading into the season's final day.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (65-96)
Lost 2
Minnesota 5, Kansas City 4   MIN
Minnesota (85-76)
Won 3
October 3, 2009
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Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0   4 7 0
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 X   5 8 0
Standings thru 10/3/09  |  Recap: KC | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Twins stats
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bloomquist, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .266
Maier, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .246
Butler, B, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .303
Jacobs, DH 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .228
Callaspo, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .298
Teahen, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .270
Olivo, C 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .249
Gordon, A, 3B 3 1 1 2 0 1 2 .231
Hernandez, L, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .186
  a-Pena, B, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .274
  1-Hulett, PR-SS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .059
Totals 32 4 7 3 0 7 5  

a-Singled for Hernandez, L in the 8th.
1-Ran for Pena, B in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Olivo (15, Blackburn).
HR: Jacobs (19, 7th inning off Blackburn, 0 on, 1 out), Gordon, A (5, 8th inning off Mijares, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Callaspo; Jacobs 5; Gordon, A 4; Olivo 2; Bloomquist; Pena, B.
RBI: Jacobs (61), Gordon, A 2 (21).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gordon, A 2.
SAC: Teahen.
GIDP: Maier.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 2.

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF-RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312
Cabrera, O, SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .282
Mauer, C 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .366
Kubel, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .296
  Gomez, C, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228
Cuddyer, 1B 3 2 1 1 0 1 1 .277
Young, D, LF 4 0 2 3 0 0 0 .283
Morales, J, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .325
Tolbert, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .226
Punto, 2B 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .230
Totals 30 5 8 5 2 5 9  

BATTING
2B: Kubel (35, Greinke), Young, D (16, Greinke).
HR: Cuddyer (31, 8th inning off Hughes, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Morales, J; Cuddyer 4; Young, D 3; Kubel 2; Cabrera, O 2; Mauer.
RBI: Mauer (96), Young, D 3 (58), Cuddyer (92).
2-out RBI: Mauer; Young, D 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Tolbert.
SAC: Span.
Team RISP: 3-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Young, D (5, 2nd base by Greinke/Olivo).

FIELDING
DP: (Punto-Cabrera, O-Cuddyer).

 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Greinke 6.0 6 4 4 2 5 0 2.16
Colon, R 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.83
Hughes (L, 0-2) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.61
Cruz, J 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.72
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn 7.0 4 2 2 0 5 1 4.03
Mijares 0.0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2.34
Rauch (BS, 3)(W, 7-3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.65
Nathan (S, 47) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.15

Blackburn pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Mijares pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

Game Scores: Greinke 47, Blackburn 66.
HBP: Cuddyer (by Greinke).
Pitches-strikes: Greinke 96-63, Colon, R 12-7, Hughes 11-6, Cruz, J 5-3, Blackburn 88-60, Mijares 4-3, Rauch 7-6, Nathan 15-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greinke 6-4, Colon, R 0-2, Hughes 1-1, Cruz, J 1-1, Blackburn 9-4, Mijares 0-0, Rauch 1-1, Nathan 0-0.
Batters faced: Greinke 26, Colon, R 3, Hughes 3, Cruz, J 2, Blackburn 25, Mijares 2, Rauch 3, Nathan 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Hughes 1-0, Mijares 1-1, Rauch 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mark Wegner. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Tim Timmons.
Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:34.
Att: 48,644.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
October 3, 2009
October 3, 2009

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