Twins Flush Royals Sunday in K.C.
Phil Hughes ended a personal losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning Sunday and helping the Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Hughes (1-1), who signed a $24 million, three-year deal in December, allowed an RBI single to Omar Infante in the fifth and a two-run homer to Alcides Escobar in the seventh while winning for the first time in 17 appearances. He had lost eight games since that victory on July 2.
Josmil Pinto homered and Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki each drove in a pair of runs for the Twins, who battered Yordano Ventura (1-1) before piling on against the Royals’ bullpen. The loss ended Kansas City’s five-game winning streak.
Corey Provus from the ballpark after Sunday’s win.
The Twins are off today and open a series against the Rays Tuesday in Tampa on WCMP, Cool Country 100.9.
Cool Country Twins Notes
The Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from Oakland and designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.
Fuld is not due to join Minnesota until its game Tuesday at Tampa Bay, leaving the club one player short for its series finale against the Royals on Sunday.
Fuld was hitting .200 with a homer and four RBIs in seven games for the Athletics. He had spent parts of the previous three seasons with Tampa Bay after breaking in with the Chicago Cubs.
The A’s designated Fuld for assignment April 12.
Twins infielder Jason Bartlett made the team out of Spring Training, but has opted to retire amid a rehab assignment, according to a report by the St Paul Pioneer Press.
Bartlett had been with the Twins minor-league extended spring training in Fort Myers on a rehab assignment, and was expected to be in the lineup for the Fort Myers Miracle before informing manager Doug Mientkiewicz of his decision to retire.
Bartlett was 0-3 in his only appearance with the Twins this season, who opted to make him part of the big-league roster coming out of spring training.
He had been on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury, and played two extended spring training games in Fort Myers before opting to retire.
If the retirement is official, Bartlett retired with a career batting average of .270, 31 home runs and 123 stolen bases over ten seasons which included stints with the Twins, Rays and Padres.
Bartlett will receive a pro-rated portion of the $1-million he was in line to earn this season from the Twins.