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USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Twins’ Josmil Pinto, middle, celebrates with his teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning Sunday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

MLB: Plouffe, Hughes help Twins stall sweep


KANSAS CITY, Mo.— It may seem strange to call any play huge with a five-run margin of victory, but that is exactly what Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire did following the Twins’ 8-3 victory over the Royals Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

“Huge,” Gardenhire said when asked about Phil Hughes getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. “You never know how a game is going to go when you get in those situations. He made some big pitches to get through that.

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