Mahle exits early; Twins beat Royals for 3-game sweep
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Emilio Pagán pitched two scoreless innings after Tyler Mahle departed with right shoulder fatigue, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
Jose Miranda homered for Minnesota, which is fighting with Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox for control of the crowded AL Central. Miranda finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Nick Gordon had a run-scoring double.
After Mahle left in the third, Pagán (4-6), Griffin Jax, Jhoan Duran, Michael Fulmer and Trevor Megill finished Minnesota’s second straight shutout. A diving catch by center fielder Gilberto Celestino saved a run in the seventh.
Making his third start since he was acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, Mahle faced eight batters before manager Rocco Baldelli and a team trainer visited the mound in the third inning.
Mahle pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball, walking one. He threw 29 of his 42 pitches for strikes, but his velocity was diminished.
Mahle is going to be further evaluated and the team is expected to provide an update later Wednesday or Thursday.
On July 6, the Reds placed Mahle on the 15-day injured list with a strained right shoulder. An MRI ruled out any serious issues.
Minnesota outscored Kansas City 17-2 in the series, bouncing back nicely from an ugly 1-4 road trip.
The Royals led 2-0 in the first inning Monday, but have gone scoreless in 26 frames since.
Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino each had two hits for Kansas City, which has been shut out 15 times this season.
Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (4-8) allowed four runs — three earned — in six innings.
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