• Vargas Pitches Royals to Victory, 4-0 Over Twins

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jul 2, 2014
    Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, Raul Ibanez homered in his second game for Kansas City and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 Wednesday. The Twins managed to reach second against Vargas twice, but both times occurred with two outs. With Joe Mauer missing, placed on the disabled list before the game because of a strained muscle on his right side, the Twins didn't cause Vargas any trouble. With rookie Yordano Ventura and now Danny Duffy joining the veteran trio of Vargas, James Shields and Jeremy Guthrie, who are all in the top 10 in the league in innings pitched, the Royals have a deep rotation that can keep them in the postseason chase all summer. The 42-year-old Ibanez signed Monday with the Royals, the team that first gave him a regular spot in the lineup all the way back in 2001. The right-hander gave up three straight hits to the bottom of the order Omar Infante, Mike Moustakas, and Jarrod Dyson as the Royals grabbed a 2-0 lead. Wade Davis and Greg Holland came on in relief to close it out in the eighth and ninth after neither reliever saw action in the first two games of the series.

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