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MINNEAPOLIS -- For almost three seasons, Josh Willinghams family was there to greet him outside the Twins clubhouse at Target Fi Antworten

MINNEAPOLIS -- For almost three seasons, Josh Willinghams family was there to greet him outside the Twins clubhouse at Target Field. Cheap New Balance Shoes From China . Willinghams family was waiting for him again on Friday, only this time the slugger came out of a different door. Willingham returned to Target Field and hit a bases-clearing double in Kansas Citys five-run fourth inning, and the surging Royals hung on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5. When Willingham popped his head out of the visitors clubhouse after the game, his three young sons ran excitedly to be with their dad in his new surroundings. "I knew it was going to be a little strange playing against your former team," said Willingham, who was traded from the Twins to the Royals four days ago. "Im just happy we won the game tonight." Danny Dufy (8-10) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings to win his third straight start. Kansas City has won 11 of 12 and sits atop the AL Central. This one didnt come easy, though. Oswaldo Arcia hit an RBI double in the ninth and pinch-hitter Chris Parmelee drove him in with a groundout to cut the Royals lead to 6-5. But Greg Holland struck out Danny Santana for his 37th save in 39 chances. After Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the third, the first six Royals hitters reached base to start the fourth off Ricky Nolasco (5-8). Willingham drilled a bases-loaded double down the left-field line to make it 3-2. Two batters later, Alcides Escobar tripled to score Willingham and Mike Moustakas. Escobar also blooped an RBI single in the eighth to make it 6-3. Nolasco made his first start since going on the disabled list July 8 with an elbow strain. He struck out three and looked sharp in every inning besides the fourth. The right-hander signed a four-year, $49 million free agent contract in the off-season, the richest free agent deal in Twins history, and now has a 5.99 ERA. "I dont think its about building confidence up with a guy like him, its about results and we need to get results out of him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We need to see him get going stronger and more consistent, and giving us a chance." After Duffy was removed, Aaron Crow and Francisley Bueno finished the sixth inning before Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Holland preserved the victory. That trio has allowed only four runs over the last 44 1-3 innings, including two by Holland on Friday. The Royals are 19-4 over that span. Kurt Suzuki had three hits for Minnesota. BACK-T0-BACK REVIEWS.ALMOST Third-base umpire Chris Segal called Trevor Plouffe safe after Royals C Salvador Perez tried to pick him off in the fourth. The call stood after a 3-minute, 23-second replay review. Two pitches later, Plouffe scored when Arcia grounded into a double play. Gardenhire wandered out of the dugout to consider challenging the Arcia call, but returned without challenging. HOLLAND TIRED "Im wearing Greg out. I cant find any way to get him a break," Royals manager Ned Yost said about his closer. "Its more my fault than it is his, but hes so good, you just have to do it." THE BODY GETS BOOED Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura was booed loudly when he and his wife were shown on the Target Field big screen for "kiss cam." Ventura has been in the news recently after winning a $1.8 million defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. Its probably the loudest Ventura has been booed since he wore a feather boa and wrestled as a bad guy at the old St. Paul Civic Center in the glory days of the AWA. TRAINERS ROOM: Twins: Top prospect Byron Buxton will head to the Twins facility in Fort Myers to rehab from a concussion suffered during an outfield collision while playing for Double-A New Britain on Wednesday night. Royals: After a Thursday X-ray showed hes not ready to return, 1B Eric Hosmer wont have his fractured right hand examined again until after the Royals current 10-game road trip ends. Once cleared, Hosmer likely would need a week or two of work before rejoining the team. UP NEXT: Yordano Ventura (9-8, 3.45 ERA) pitches for the Royals against Minnesotas Phil Hughes (12-8, 3.88) in the second game of this four-game series. . The Royals play 32 of their final 42 games against teams currently at or below .500. . After doubling in the eighth on Friday, Twins 1B Joe Mauer will try to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games. New Balance Outlet Store . In Englands first game since its worst-ever World Cup showing, Roy Hodgsons side rarely looked like scoring against unambitious opposition and the breakthrough in the friendly only came when Raheem Sterling was tripped in the penalty area. New Balance Shoes Clearance . Never caused problems. Never raised a ruckus. Never got sick or hurt while frolicking in the fields of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. . - Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II says the NFL has told the team it will not be docked a pick in this years draft for coach Mike Tomlins foray onto the field against Baltimore last November.WACO, Texas - Baylor coach Kim Mulkey no longer has All-American players Brittney Griner or Odyssey Sims on the floor like in recent seasons.Mulkey instead has a roster loaded with talented young players that makes her think about what John Calipari has with the No. 1 Kentucky men and his platoon system.I kind of like what Caliparis doing. You hate to call them bench players, you hate to call them subs, you hate to call them all that, said Mulkey, in her 15th season at Baylor. I can only play five at a time, and Im comfortable starting any of those 10. Im comfortable with any of those 10 being on the floor right now.Led by sophomore post Nina Davis, the ninth-ranked Lady Bears (8-1) have four players averaging double figures in scoring and two more with at least nine points a game. There are 10 players getting on the court for at least 15 minutes per game.We have a lot of doubters, and How can you replace this? and How can you replace an All-American and things like that? but we have a lot of different weapons on this team that I dont think people were aware of, Davis said. As the season goes on theyll start to notice that we do have other people that can step up. We do have people that can play defence and make up for the things we lost.The Lady Bears, who are outscoring opponents by 36 points a game, are in a Florida tournament this weekend. They play Syracuse on Friday night and then Michigan State on Saturday in a rematch of the 2005 national championship game Baylor won by 22 points.Baylors only loss was to Kentucky in the second game of the season. But the four-time defending Big 12 champion Lady Bears, with only one senior on their 13-player roster, havve scored at least 88 points in every other game. Cheap New Balance. .I like the way were progressing so far, Davis said. Things are really starting to fall together. The pieces are starting to fit.Only once has Baylor finished a season under Mulkey with 10 players averaging double-figure minutes. That was 2010-11, when Sims was a freshman point guard and the 6-foot-8 Griner was a sophomore, one year before the Lady Bears had an undefeated 40-win season. The only time they finished with more than three double-figure scorers was 2007-08, when they had five.An undersized post at 5-foot-11, Davis led the Big 12 in rebounding as a freshman last season and was Baylors top returning player this season. She leads the team with 23.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while playing a team-high 29.3 minutes a game.Davis and three other post players — 6-5 junior Kristina Higgins, 6-2 sophomore Khadijiah Cave and 6-2 freshman Dekeiya Cohen — are shooting a combined 62 per cent this season. Australian freshman Kristy Wallace is a sharp-shooting guard and Niya Johnson has a team-high 65 assists with an even more prominent role running the point with Sims gone.With all that help around her, Davis hasnt had to do things alone.She just kind of blends in, and when its necessary, OK, if its there, Ill do it. Ive got 10 kids that can play, Mulkey said. They all can play and they all play the same position. So theres not a lot of great separation there. And the good thing is theyre all young. Ive just got to keep figuring out who needs to play with who, who do I get the most out of at what time of the game, because they can all score and they dont lack for confidence in shooting it. ' ' '

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