Ortiz is back, but Radke goes down

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As soon as David Ortiz comes off Minnesota's disabled list, Brad Radke pulls up lame.

The Minnesota Twins survived the injury to their starting pitcher Monday night, beating Kansas City 3-2 when Ortiz doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth in his first game back.

Nevertheless, it seems like the AL Central-leading Twins are catching more than their share of injuries. They've already had six players go on the disabled list.

"Our team's cursed with injuries," said Radke, who pulled his right groin muscle while throwing a changeup in the second inning.


"We can just try to overcome it. There's nothing you can say about injuries."

Radke did not come out for the third inning after throwing just 19 pitches and giving up only a bunt single.

"Hopefully, he'll just miss one start," said manager Ron Gardenhire.

Ortiz, who had missed 18 games following surgery to remove a bone chip in his left knee, was 1-for-4. After Jason Grimsley (1-2) walked Doug Mientkiewicz in the eighth, the Twins' cleanup hitter doubled off the wall in right-center for what proved the winning run.

"The knee didn't bother me at all," he said. "It feels fine. When I went on the DL and had to stay home and just watch the games on TV, it was really frustrating. But it just made me work harder to get back."

J.C. Romero (3-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for the victory that put the Twins ahead of the Royals 241-240 in the all-time series.

Eddie Guardado worked a perfect ninth for his league-leading 13th save in 13 opportunities.

Radke said he'd had a pulled groin muscle once before and missed one start.


"I hurt it on the second pitch to (Mark) Quinn," he said. "Hopefully, it won't take too long to get back. Just have to go day-by-day."

The loss dropped the Royals to 0-7 in one-run games.

"I knew that stat going into the game. About the sixth inning, I told someone we're 0-6 so it's about time we won a one-run game," said Royals interim manager John Mizerock. "It didn't happen. This early in the year, I'd say it's a coincidence."

The Royals, going for their first four-game win streak since last Aug. 9-12, scored in the fourth when Carlos Beltran came home on Quinn's grounder.

The Twins tied it at 1 in the fifth on Cristian Guzman's RBI single. The Royals went ahead 2-1 in the bottom half on Guzman's throwing error from shortstop.

Brian Buchanan hit a tying homer with two outs in the Twins' sixth, chasing starter Jeremy Allfeldt.

Radke's replacement, Tony Fiore, gave up a leadoff bloop double to Neifi Perez, the first hit he had allowed in 24 batters.

The Royals then loaded the bases with two outs on walks to Chuck Knoblauch and Michael Tucker. But Mike Sweeney grounded back to Fiore to end the inning.


Notes: Royals GM Allard Baird said he was close to naming a replacement for fired manager Tony Muser. ... 1B Dave McCarty was designated for assignment by the Royals while LHP Brian Shouse was activated from the DL. ... Buchanan made a fine catch near the right-field wall on Knoblauch's high drive into the corner in the first inning. ... Perez reached second with a double in the sixth inning that might have been ruled two errors. His line drive went off the glove of third baseman Denny Hocking and then second baseman Jay Canizaro dropped a throw from Guzman. ... The Royals announced their game against Cleveland that was rained out on Saturday would be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader on July 20. ... Twins pitcher LaTroy Hawkins was back home with his wife, who had surgery on Monday. He was expected back on Tuesday.

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