Kansas City Royals defeat Minnesota Twins, 9-8

It was an example of the un-Twinsness that went on at Target Field on Thursday.

"As sloppy as we've played in a long time," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Missing plays. I can't remember the last time we've had a defensive ballgame as bad as that one. Base- running pretty bad, too.''

The Royals led 3-0 in the third, thanks to the two homers off Baker. With one out, Joe Mauer flied out deep to center with Span on second and Punto on third.

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The Twins placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list following Thursday's game, because his bruised left wrist hasn't improved enough for him to contribute.

To replace Hardy, the Twins called up shortstop Trevor Plouffe from Class AAA Rochester. Plouffe will head right for the starting lineup, playing alongside third baseman and fellow rookie Danny Valencia.

Hardy, who landed on the DL and missed 12 games last month because of the same injury, will have ...