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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sitting in his office about 10 feet away from the Kansas City Royals locker room, manager Ned Yosts voice was nea Antworten

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sitting in his office about 10 feet away from the Kansas City Royals locker room, manager Ned Yosts voice was nearly drown out by the thunderous hip hop music blaring and the full-throated cackling from his players in the next room. Under Armour Sale Clearance Uk . The young Royals have good reason to celebrate these days. Alcides Escobar tied a career high with four RBIs on two doubles and Salvador Perez homered to lift the Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. "Thats what we need," Perez said. "Have some fun and play the game hard." Danny Duffy (5-7) gave up one run and four hits while striking out three in 5 2-3 innings and Mike Moustakas had two hits for the Royals. Kansas City (43-39) has won three of four and is off to its best start since 2003. "Were very confident in what we have in the tank," Duffy said. "Weve got a great offence, great lineup. The defence is always flashing the leather. When we go out there and make pitches, its going to be a good night." Yohan Pino (0-2) gave up four runs and seven hits while also striking out three in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins. Eduardo Nunez had two hits and an RBI in his return from the disabled list for Minnesota, which has lost six of its last seven games to drop into last place in the AL Central. "Weve been facing some pretty decent pitching, and I dont know if its pressing," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose Twins went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. "I just know were just not getting enough big hits right now. Were not putting any runs on the board. A lot of pressure on our pitchers to be really good." The Royals entered the night 3 1/2 games behind Detroit in the division and 1 1/2 games out of the AL wild card. For a team that has been endlessly rebuilding and hasnt made the playoffs since 1985, those are encouraging numbers as the season reaches its midpoint. They grabbed everyones attention with a 10-game winning streak that vaulted them into first place in June, but had lost seven of 10 games as the bats cooled off. The Royals signed 42-year-old Raul Ibanez on Monday, hoping he can help boost the teams scuffling offence and give a little extra support to a solid starting rotation. Ibanez broke into the big leagues with the Royals a decade ago, but hit just .157 in 57 games for the Angels this season. They had plenty of offence with him on the bench on Monday night. Pino was shaky early, getting tagged for a two-run double by Escobar in the second inning and an RBI-single from Alex Gordon in the fourth to fall behind 3-0. Perezs solo homer in the sixth ended Pinos day and the Royals took advantage of two throwing errors by second baseman Brian Dozier in the eighth, padding their lead with Escobars second two-run double of the game. "When youre not going good, youre not capitalizing on mistakes," Yost said. "When youre playing well, you do capitalize on mistakes. Thats exactly what we did tonight, which was big. Those were two big runs right there. Thats a lot of breathing room." NOTES: Twins GM Terry Ryan said prized prospect Byron Buxton is getting close to returning from a wrist injury that has kept him out for most of the season. Ryan said there still is no timetable for a return, but hed be surprised if Buxton wasnt back on the field sometime in July. ... Twins RF Chris Parmelee extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the fifth inning. ... Moustakas made two stellar plays at 3B, a lunging catch on a liner by Kendrys Morales in the second and a scoop and force out at 3B to end a threat in the seventh. ... Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-6, 5.74) will start the second game of the series against RHP James Shields (8-3, 3.79). Under Armour Uk Sale . "This isnt really the week you want to lose Chris Greaves," fellow lineman Glenn January said Wednesday after practice. Greaves is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a knee injury in last weeks 36-28 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. Under Armour Shoes Uk Sale . Anderson is scheduled to have neck surgery April 8 to repair the injury, which occurred when he collided with the Celtics Gerald Wallace during a game in Boston on Jan. 3. The 6-foot-10 Pelicans forward, who had been averaging 19. . He was still a kid, going into his senior year of high school. Thursday, the point guard stood in front of a couple dozen members of the media and spoke with poise about how much hed grown since then, and how hes ready for the next level.ADELBODEN, Switzerland - Stefano Gross of Italy won a tight World Cup slalom on Sunday where just 0.03 seconds separated the top three finishers.A first career World Cup victory for Gross denied first-run leader Fritz Dopfer of Germany his first win by 0.02.Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria extended his standings lead in third, a further 0.01 behind Grosss combined two-run time of 1 minute, 56.70 seconds.At age 28, Gross finally won after three podium finishes in the 2012 season, and a fourth place in the Sochi Olympics slalom last February where he tied with Dopfer just 0.05 off the bronze medal.I am very, very happy, said Gross, who has overcome back injuries. I have worked really hard this summer and this season to reach this result.On a good day for the Italian slalom team, 2010 Olympic champion Guiliano Razzoli placed fourth, 0.55 behind his teammate, equaling his best result in more than three years.Another Italian, 36-year-old Patrick Thaler, was second fastest in the first run but skied out in the afternoon when poised to extend his own World Cup record as the oldest man to finish on a slalom podium.Hirscher now tops the season-long slalom standings after previous leader Felix Neureuther of Germany failed to finish the first run.Earning 60 World Cup points, Hirscher leads Neureuther by 56 in a repeat of their duel last season which the Austrian edged on the final day.The three-time defending overall champion also tops tthose standings by 212 from Kjetil Jansrud of Norway who skips slalom events. Under Armour Uk Stores. Hirscher said it was a perfect weekend with 160 points after winning the classic giant slalom Saturday, and praised Gross and the surging Italians.Hes a very nice guy, hes good looking, Hirscher quipped, and a very good skier. I think the Italians are getting in shape for the world championships.Dopfer used his No. 1 start bib to be fastest in the morning through steady snowfall and on a tricky race surface.With victory in sight on a clear afternoon, he let a half-second lead slip on the steep final slope and added to a resume of near misses, including five runner-up finishes in World Cup races.Im pretty satisfied and confident with my second place, the 27-year-old German said. I tried everything and pushed really hard.Still, Dopfers consistent season with top-10 finishes in each of his nine races lifted him to third overall, though trailing Hirscher by a distant 330 points.Ted Ligety of the United States is seventh overall after placing 22nd Sunday, 2.02 back.David Chodounsky was the best-placed American in 11th, trailing Gross by 0.96.A 19th place Sunday for Luca Aerni proved the best Switzerland could manage in a signature Alpine meeting for the host nation this weekend, which last won at Adelboden in 2008.The World Cup moves to nearby Wengen where four different Swiss racers have won the classic Lauberhorn downhill in the past six years. ' ' '

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