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.
|Atlanta||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Washington||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|NY Mets||3||Top 3rd Inning|
|Pittsburgh||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Miami||2||Top 4th Inning|
|Baltimore||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Boston||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Detroit||1||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||3:05 PM|
|Chicago WSox||3:05 PM|
|Kansas City||3:05 PM|
|Phoenix||46||2nd Qtr 7:32|
|Charlotte||31||2nd Qtr 6:08|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||4||2nd Prd 7:49|
|San Jose||3:00 PM|
|Louisiana||33||1st Half 1:11|
|Duke||19||1st Half 2:23|
|Saint Josephs||25||1st Half 1:56|
|Michigan State||2:30 PM|
|Vancouver FC||6:00 PM|
|Delaware||39||2nd Half 3:41|
|Northwestern St||31||2nd Half|
|Stephen F Austin||22|
|Wright State||36||2nd Half|
|Fla Gulf Coast|
|St Francis-PA||2:00 PM|