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First-inning explosion leads Royals to big win over Twins

After all the years of the Twins terrorizing the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, that first inning felt pretty good.

The Royals put up a nine-spot in the first inning and never looked back, running away from the Minnesota Twins, 14-5. It was over in a matter of moments, and that’s a wonderful thing when it’s in this context.

The nine-run first: Whit Merrifield singled, Carlos Santana walked, Andrew Benintendi RBI doubled (1-0), Salvador Perez RBI singled (3-0), Hunter Dozier walked, Kelvin Gutierrez K’d, Jorge Soler reached on catcher’s interference, Michael Taylor RBI singled (5-0), Nicky Lopez RBI singled (6-0), Whit Merrifield three-run homer (9-0).