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Twins turn to Marquis against Royals

Jason Marquis tries to remain perfect against Kansas City this afternoon when the Twins resume their weekend series.

Marquis pitched five innings in a win over the Yankees on April 18. He has started twice during the regular season in his career vs. the Royals and has won both times.

The Royals counter with Bruce Chen, who lost a second straight on Monday vs. Toronto. The 34-year old has recorded 17 strikeouts against just four walks in 25 innings this season.

Over 17 career games, including seven starts, Chen is 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA against the Twins.

Last night, Mike Moustakas drove-in the go-ahead run as part of a two-run eighth inning and the Royals won, 7-6.

Moustakas also scored a run and Billy Butler cracked a two-run homer among his two hits and three RBI, while Alex Gordon added a two-run longball and scored three times for the Royals, who have won three straight since dropping 12 in a row. Alcides Escobar added two hits and an RBI in the victory.

Jose Mijares picked up the win with a scoreless seventh inning, and Jonathan Broxton shut down the Twins in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.

"We've swung the bats very well tonight," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We got some clutch hitting, power hitting, and some pretty darn good clutch pitching and really good defense."

Trevor Plouffe cracked a solo homer, Joe Mauer ended 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI and Justin Morneau added an RBI single. Alexi Casilla knocked in two runs and Denard Span and Ben Revere collected an RBI apiece for the Twins, who have lost six straight.

Minnesota was 10-8 against the Royals last season.

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