In seven strong innings filled with weak grounders, he allowed only two Royals to reach third base. He struck out three and walked one while allowing five hits.
BY THE NUMBERS
2:29 Time of game Thursday, the season’s shortest so far.
277 Career doubles by Justin Morneau, who had two Thursday, tying him with Harmon Killebrew for 11th most in franchise history.
23 Runs-batted-in by Oswaldo Arcia, most by any American League rookie.
P.J. Walters tries to bounce back from his disastrous start in Cleveland and extend the Twins’ home winning streak to five. He faces Royals righthander James Shields.