As the temperature soared Sunday in Kansas City, relief pitchers jumped into action -- and the lineup kept connecting.
Jason Bartlett had five of the Twins' 22 hits Sunday.A SERIES OF NUMBERS
The Twins' sweep of Kansas City was chock-full of numbers:
Games swept by the Twins in the series -- a first for Minnesota in Kansas City.
Minnesota hits Sunday -- the most in a game this season.
Combined hits for No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Jason Tyner and Jason Bartlett on Sunday.
Walks issued by Kansas City pitchers to Twins in the series.
KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the temperature climbed to 105 degrees Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had one basic concern about his red-hot offense: overheating.
Gardenhire hated watching his hitters wilt in the sun while minor-league journeyman Mike Smith exhausted 80 pitches through the first three innings against the Royals.
So the manager turned things over to his ever-efficient bullpen, and the Big Road Machine kept rolling for an 11-5 victory that gave the Twins their first four-game sweep at Kansas City in club history.
Minnesota matched a franchise record with its eighth consecutive road victory and pulled within a half-game of the White Sox for the American League wild-card lead.
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - C. Tillman|
|Seattle - H. Iwakuma||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - T. Bauer|
|Chicago WSox - J. Quintana||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - A. Sanchez|
|Washington - S. Strasburg||6:10 PM|
|Miami - H. Alvarez|
|Philadelphia - C. Hamels||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - D. Gee|
|Milwaukee - M. Garza||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - A. Cobb|
|Toronto - M. Stroman||6:10 PM|
|Boston - R. De La Rosa|
|Arizona - T. Cahill||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - M. Leake|
|Colorado - J. De La Rosa||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson|
|NY Yankees - B. McCarthy||7:05 PM|
|Texas - N. Martinez|
|Minnesota - K. Gibson||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Shields|
|Oakland - J. Samardzija||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Feldman|
|Atlanta - A. Harang||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - J. Beckett|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|Pittsburgh - F. Liriano||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||9:00 PM|