Twins Hand Royals First Loss of '08

Gomez offense, Baker pitching ends KC's winning streak at three
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 12:04 AM CDT
Kansas City Royals second baseman Mark Grudzeilanek, left, jumps over Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer after the force out at second during the first inning on Friday, April 4, 2008, in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
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(Newser) – Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases and Scott Baker recovered from a sluggish first two innings in Minnesota's 4-3 victory over Kansas City on Friday night, the Royals' first loss of the season. Baker gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings and Joe Nathan picked up his second save, writes AP.

But the news wasn’t all good for the Twins. They lost right fielder and clubhouse leader Michael Cuddyer in the fourth inning to a dislocated and lacerated right index finger when he collided awkwardly with Alex Gordon on a head-first slide into third base. Cuddyer was 2-for-2 in the game, but was taken to a hospital for X-rays.