Royals earn series split with Twins



June 24, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Second baseman Jorge Polanco (11) of the Minnesota Twins gets the force out on Whit Merrifield (15) of the Kansas City Royals as he throws to first in the seventh inning on Sunday. ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES/ TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the span of a week, Hunter Dozier went from the injured list to the delivery room to the star role in the Kansas City Royals’ 6-1 win over the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

The young slugger hit a three-run shot during a five-run third inning Sunday, made a couple of stellar defensive plays at third base and gave Homer Bailey and the Kansas City bullpen all the offense they needed against the Twins on a soggy, overcast afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

“I knew my timing was going to be off,” said Dozier, who had been sidelined the last three weeks with an oblique strain. “I felt better today. Hopefully keep getting better and better.”

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