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Associated Press Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, right, takes the ball from starting pitcher Kevin Correia during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 3-1.

Royals score three in 8th inning to beat Minnesota

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals fans waited almost all afternoon to see some offense. When their team finally built a rally, it came just in time to give Ervin Santana a much-deserved win.

Santana pitched eight strong innings, Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday in its home opener.

“Better later than never,” Santana said. “I know we are going to score runs.”

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