MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Minnesota0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 571
Kansas City0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 470
  W: J. Berríos (6-2)   L: M. Minor (4-3)   S: H. Robles (5)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 21,574

Streaking Royals vie for sixth straight win, host Twins

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Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Royals won two of three games from the Twins last weekend. In the series, the Royals hit .524 (11-for-21) with runners in scoring position and the Twins hit .188 (6-for-32).
  2. The Twins have had at least one extra-base hit in each of their last 39 games, the longest current streak in the major leagues.
  3. The Royals have scored 36 runs since Friday, their highest total over any five-game span this season.
  4. Andrew Benintendi's home run on Tuesday was the Royals' first grand slam of the season and it was the second in the major leagues for Benintendi, who also had one with the Red Sox off the Rays' Charlie Morton in 2019.
  5. Miguel Sano is hitless in his last 19 at-bats (with 10 strikeouts in that time), tying the second longest drought of his major-league career. Sano went 24 at-bats between hits in August 2016.
  6. J.A. Happ was 2-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his first five starts this season but over his last four starts he's 1-2 with a 10.50 ERA (21 ER in 18 IP). Kris Bubic has allowed only one home run in 29.2 innings this season, after he allowed eight in 50.0 innings last year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/3/2021 thru 6/6/2021

It's become a daily question, as it seems to have been for several years. Is Adalberto Mondesi in the lineup?

Mondesi missed the first 45 games of the season for the Royals with a strained oblique. He played in the next seven before tweaking his left hamstring charging a roller against the Pittsburgh Pirates and leaving in the eighth inning. He's missed the next three games, including Kansas City's 14-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Mondesi's availability is unknown as the host Royals and Twins play the third contest of a four-game series on Saturday afternoon. The Royals will send left-hander Mike Minor (4-2, 4.65 ERA) against Twins right-hander Jose Berrios (5-2, 3.36).

The Royals scored nine runs in the first inning and four more in the second to eliminate any drama. Whit Merrifield became the first player to have two hits, a home run and a stolen base in the first inning since Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson accomplished the feat for the Oakland Athletics in 1980.

Berrios will have the responsibility of slowing down the Royals' offense. He's won his last three decisions and hasn't lost since April 20.

Berrios didn't get a decision in his last start on Monday. He allowed just one run on five hits in eight innings of a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

"He was magnificent," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after the game. "I told him that. He threw the ball to the best of his ability. He had it all working. He got quick outs. He got swings and misses. He got everything he needed to do. He was putting the ball where he wanted to. He had really the full mastery of all of his pitches today. He was fantastic."

Berrios sports a 4-4 record with a 4.74 ERA in 16 career starts against Kansas City.

Minor has been steady, but not spectacular. He's pitched at least five innings in nine of his 11 starts. In his last outing, Minor allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven in six innings of a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"A quality start and a win, so it was good," Minor said afterward. "I feel like I made some mistakes like every game. But I didn't give up a whole lot of hard-hit balls."

Minor owns a 4-2 record with a 2.60 ERA in 13 career appearances (two starts) versus Minnesota.

Mondesi has never appeared in more than 102 games, although he did play in 59 of 60 games in an abbreviated 2020 season. The 102 games he played in 2019 represents the only time he's appeared in half of the Royals' games in a full season.

The Royals say that Mondesi is close to returning to the lineup. Manager Mike Matheny said prior to Friday's game that he hoped he would be available for limited action in that game.

"Today we're going to go out and see how he responds," Matheny said. "We were hopeful (Thursday) that the workouts would go to where he felt he could contribute to some level. We weren't quite there.

"He came in early today to let the medical team do their thing. He measured out even better. Hopefully the work on the field will allow him to be part of the puzzle today. It won't be in a starting role, but he's taken another step forward."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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