Twins halt Royals to open series

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) celebrates with Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon (25) after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-1 in a baseball game, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) celebrates with Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon (25) after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-1 in a baseball game, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Samuel Deduno pitched seven sharp innings and one of Justin Morneau’s two doubles drove in Minnesota’s first run, sending the Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Deduno (4-2) gave up only five hits and, more importantly, one walk. He struck out three and let only eight fair balls leave the infield. Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth and Glen Perkins notched his 20th save in 22 tries with a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing a walk and a double.

The Twins even managed to beat Jeremy Guthrie (7-6). The right-hander topped them twice earlier this season and brought a 6-2 record over nine previous career matchups into the game.

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