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Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, middle, takes out starting pitcher Kevin Slowey, left, during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. Twins catcher Joe Mauer, right, watches the exchange. (Associated Press)

Royals avoid sweep by Twins


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Brian Bannister loves to look at stats, every aspect of his motion and needs to know precisely why something does or doesn't work.

So when the Minnesota Twins started jumping on a certain pitch, Bannister put his analytical mind together with Royals catcher Jason Kendall to see if they could figure out how to get Minnesota's lineup of bashers to back off.

They did and it kept Kansas City from being swept.

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