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RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-10, 3.80) on Saturday night

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ed Davis Lakers Jersey . -- This season has not gone the way the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins wanted or expected.The 2015 World Series champion Royals are on the cusp of being mathematically eliminated from the American League wild card. Their tragic number is one with six games left. Kansas City still needs three victories to assure a winning season.The young Twins were a surprise in 2015, finishing above .500 and in second place in the AL Central. Instead of taking a step forward, the Twins lost their 100th game on Sunday, falling 4-3 to the Seattle Mariners. It is just the Twins second 100-loss season since moving to Minnesota in 1961. The other was 1983.The Twins and Royals, who were both off Monday, open a three-game series Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals outslugged the Detroit Tigers on Sunday 12-9, with Raul Mondesi, Cheslor Cuthbert, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon going deep for Kansas City.That game really felt like it was a catfight, kicking and scratching, biting, clawing, eye-gouging, Royals manager Ned Yost said.Wade Davis picked up his 26th save in the victory. While the Royals bullpen is not as strong as in the past two seasons, when it won back-to-back AL championships, it still remains one of the best in the majors. Other clubs are attempting to emulate the Royals by building stalwart bullpens.Teams are seeing the value of it, Yost said. I think that we proved last year that with a real strong, lock-down bullpen you can go a long way and win a world championship. It takes a lot of pressure off your starting pitchers; starting pitching is where you spend most of your money. I think we showed there are alternative ways you can be successful.Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who reached 100 RBI for the first time on Saturday, received a rare day off on Sunday, but almost certainly will be in the lineup Tuesday.Hes had one day off all year long, Yost said. Like some guys, hes a little beat up. Its a perfect day for it. He got his 100th RBI (Saturday). Its a good day to just take a break.The Twins wrap up their dismal season with six road games, three each at Kansas City and Chicago. They drew 1.963,912 fans to Target Field, where they lost 50 of 81 games.Despite the year, we felt supported by our fans, drawing close to two million fans in a year in which things did not go particularly well, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. I just wanted to acknowledge that on behalf of the team. We appreciate the people coming out.The Royals have had their way with the Twins this year, winning 13 of 16.Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy will start the series opener. Kennedy, who has a 3.52 ERA in four September starts, is 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA against Minnesota this year. He is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA in six career starts versus the Twins.Kennedy lost his previous start, 4-3 Wednesday at Cleveland, allowing three runs and a season-high 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings for his first road defeat since July 1. Kennedys 2.36 ERA since July 30 leads the American League, giving up 18 earned runs in 68 2/3 innings. He is 5-1 since that date after an 0-3 record and 4.96 ERA in July.The Twins will counter with Jose Berrios, who has endured a rough rookie indoctrination -- 2-7 with an 8.88 ERA and only one quality start in his first dozen starts. Berrios threw three scoreless innings Wednesday against Detroit before rain washed it out. Prior to that, Berrios gave up two runs on four hits and three walks in four innings in a 3-0 loss at the New York Mets.This will be his third start this year against the Royals. Berrios is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in the first two, yielding nine runs in nine innings. He has walked 31 and struck out 46 in 48 2/3 innings this year. Louis Williams Lakers Jersey . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. Byron Scott Lakers Jersey . Varlamov made 33 saves and Ryan OReilly had a goal and scored in the shootout as the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night. http://www.lakersbasketballshop.com/Larry-Nance-Jersey/ . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. PHILADELPHIA -- Neil Walker said the first game after the All-Star game always can be a little tough. The Mets second baseman made things a little easier, though, with one powerful swing.Walker hit a three-run home run and Juan Lagares also went deep to lead the New York Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.I think this is one of the hardest games of the year, the first game after the All-Star break, Walker said. Basically four days of not much of anything. Usually the first couple of innings go pretty quick because youre getting your rhythm back.Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. New York won without All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who missed his third straight game with a right quad strain. Lagares started in his place.Peter Bourjos had an RBI triple for Philadelphia, which had won 10 of 13 prior to the break.Bartolo Colon (8-4), one of four Mets chosen for the All-Star game, started out sensational before a rocky sixth inning ended his night early.He really pitched well, Mets manager Terry Collins said.Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save while extending his club record for consecutive saves to 48, dating back to last Aug. 1. Collins, who managed the NL All-Star team, didnt call on his closer to pitch in Tuesdays All-Star game.Jeremy Hellickson (6-7) was roughed up for four runs and seven hits in six innings.New York, which entered second in the NL in home runs, upped its season total to 124. The Mets are particularly fond of Citizens Bank Park, where they have cleared the fences 14 times in four games this season.Colon was perfect through 4 1/3 innings until Cameron Rupps one-out single to center. Colon was still rolling along with one out in the sixth when first baseman James Loney went to his right for a nifty stop of Odubel Herreras grounder. Loneys throw to Colon, who was covering first, went over the pitchers head. Loney was charged with an error although it looked as if Colon should have made the catch.The Phillies capitalized by scoring three unearned runs in the inning on Bourjos triple, Maikel Francos groundout and Cody Asches single.Colon departed with two outs in the inning and ended up allowingg three unearned runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Roy Hibbert Jersey. Everything worked out, Colon said through an interpreter. I just got a little tired.The 43-year-old right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in his last 10 starts.Colons tough, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. Hes not the guy I wanted to see, coming out of the break, because hes such a good pitcher. He knows what hes doing, and he just kind of stifled us for a while there.Lagares led off the third by hitting the first pitch over the fence in left-center for his third homer of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.New York went in front 4-0 in the sixth on Walkers three-run homer. It was the 16th homer of the season for the Mets second baseman, tying his mark for all of last season. The homer drew loud cheers from the large contingent of Mets fans, who made Citizens Bank Park sound more like Citi Field at times with their chants of Lets go Mets! Lets go Mets!After Philadelphia closed within a run in the bottom of the inning, New York took a two-run lead in the seventh as Lagares scored on Jose Reyes grounder, sliding under Rupps tag at home.TRADE BAITHellickson, thought to be a pitcher a contender may consider at the July 31 trading deadline, hadnt allowed a homer in three straight games, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA before Fridays start.The right-hander said the trade rumors are hard to ignore at times.Yeah, its on my mind, just when I see it on Twitter and talk to (the media) about it, Hellickson said. Other than that, Im focused every day on doing what I have to do for the next start. Like Ive said all along, I love it here and would love to be here the rest of the year, but obviously Ive been through it before and know that side of the game. My focus is here and on my next start right now.STREAKINGBourjos has reached base safely in 22 consecutive games, which is the longest streak by any Phillies player this season.TRAINERS ROOMMets: Collins said Cespedes is day to day, and was available to pinch-hit on Friday.UP NEXTMets RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.34) opposes RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-10, 3.80) on Saturday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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