Kansas City Royals defeat Minnesota Twins, 4-2

KANSAS CITY, MO. - The Twins arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Monday looking forward, finally, to a game in which they weren't shorthanded or waiting for someone to come off the disabled list.

"I'm glad," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire even said before the game.

But then third baseman Joe Crede tried to get loose and felt stiffness in his lower back. About 15 minutes before game time, the Twins pulled Crede from the lineup.

Crede said his back felt tight when he got t...

KANSAS CITY, MO. - The Twins have used interleague play as a takeoff point. They beat up on National League teams, then accelerate through the summer.

Their momentum, however, came to crashing halt Monday. Some of it was because of Royals righthander Luke Hochevar. Some of it was self-inflicted thanks to misplays in the field. Some of it was because the Royals geared up to battle their AL Central foe.

All of it turned into a 4-2 loss to Kansas City in one of the flat...