Weather Forecast


Fargo officer shot in standoff, has non-survivable wound

Royals put away Twins

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
sports Jamestown,North Dakota 58401
Jamestown Sun
Royals put away Twins
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

MINNEAPOLIS (TSX) — Jason Vargas continued his domination of Minnesota with seven innings of one-run ball as visiting Kansas City won three of four in the series.

Erik Kratz homered twice, Salvador Perez had two hits and two RBIs and Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single as the Royals made it 21 wins in 26 games to take a two-game lead atop the American League Central. Vargas (10-5) scattered four hits to improve to 3-0 in four starts this season against the Twins, during which he’s allowed three runs over 28 innings.

Trevor Plouffe clubbed a three-run homer in the ninth and Oswaldo Arcia added a solo shot for Minnesota, which is 5-11 at home since the All-Star break. Rookie Trevor May (0-2) gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in his second career start.

May dug himself a hole by walking the bases loaded in the fifth and Perez made him pay with a two-run single before Butler followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 edge. Kratz belted a pinch-hit homer in the seventh but Arcia answered with a towering blast in the bottom of the inning - his fifth homer in 11 games - to snap Vargas’ 17-inning scoreless streak.

The Royals added what turned out to a pair of necessary insurance runs on Jarrod Dyson’s RBI single in the eighth inning and Kratz’s second solo shot in the ninth to make it 6-1. Plouffe’s three-run shot off Aaron Crow forced Kansas City to bring in closer Greg Holland, who got the final two outs for his AL-best 38th save.


Royals DH Josh Willingham had three hits, LF Alex Gordon recorded his fourth straight two-hit game of the series and Butler extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... May has struggled with his control in each of his first three major-league appearances, issuing 13 bases on ball in only nine innings. ... Royals C Perez came out of the game in the seventh due to discomfort in his right knee but the team called it a “precautionary measure.”

The Twins open a series at home tonight against the Cleveland Indians. Trevor Bauer (4-7) pitches for Cleveland against Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (11-9).

Buxton’s season over

Minnesota Twins No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton’s season is over.

Buxton suffered a concussion when he collided with Double-A New Britain outfielder Mike Kvasnicka last week and is still experiencing headaches as well as a stiff neck.

The Twins remain hopeful Buxton will be ready for the Instructional League and Arizona Fall League.

The 2014 season ended up being somewhat of a lost season for Buxton, who hit just .234 across 31 games between High- and Double-A.