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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor labeled it unraveling.Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey (8-9) retired the first 10 hitters, striking out four. But he only got one out from the final seven batters he faced before being removed by Molitor in an 8-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.After Cheslor Cuthberts single with one out in the fourth, Duffey walked three and hit a batter with Alex Gordons third career grand slam punctuating the inning. Duffey was replaced by Michael Tonkin after 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs.Unraveling, thats one word you can use, Molitor said. He had a nice start to the game. He rolled through the first 10 hitters. But, you know, its just one of those things, the young guys, they get in certain situations where, as much as you preach to them to slow down, they just have trouble doing it.After Cuthberts hit, Duffey walked Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales and hit Salvador Perez with a pitch with the bases loaded.Gordons been hot ever since he left our park, Molitor said. He just misplaced a fastball and youre looking at five runs on two hits. So, it was tough.The Royals have won five straight and eight of nine to move above .500 for the first time since July 22. Royals starting pitchers have a 1.61 ERA in the five-game winning streak, allowing 23 hits and six earned runs in 33 2/3 innings, striking out 27 and walking seven.Gordon, who was hitting .199 with 16 RBI on Aug. 9, extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games, hiking his average to .219. Gordon has homered in three consecutive games.I think I tried to adjust by being better, and ultimately being worse, Duffey said. Just kind of missing arm side with a fastball, then I end up yanking a curveball and then the one that Gordon hit out wasnt necessarily a good pitch to hit. It just went right into his swing path. And then, giving up a grand slam, thats what happens when you walk a guy and hit a guy. Thats a really good lineup. I gave them some chances and they took full advantage of it.Dillon Gee (5-6) picked up the Royals first victory from a No. 5 starter since May 31. The Royals are 9-21 is games started by the fifth starter.Gee, who is 3-6 in 10 starts, gave up a home run to Brian Dozier on his third pitch. It was Doziers 14th career leadoff homer and his 27th for the season. He has homered in five straight games against the Royals.That was the only run Gee would allow as he limited the Twins to four singles after the home run, walked one and struck out seven. Gees seven innings were a season high.He didnt throw too many heaters, Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman said. He really kept us off balance, threw his off-speed for strikes. That was a key for him.The Royals added three runs in the eighth with Morales and Eric Hosmer both driving in a run. The other run scored on a throwing error by center fielder Eddie Rosario.Cuthbert had three of the Royals seven hits, bringing his hit total to 100, which ranks second among AL rookies.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: LHP Jason Vargas, who has not pitched this season after Tommy John surgery in July 2015, made his third rehab start Wednesday, giving up three runs and four hits, including two home runs, in 2 1/3 innings for Northwest Arkansas against Corpus Christi. He threw 42 pitches, 27 for strikes, while striking out one and walking none.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Jose Berrios yielded six runs, eight hits and a walk in two innings in his previous start, a 15-7 loss to Houston.Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three 2016 starts against the Twins. Nike Shox Gravit Release . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. Nike Shox r4 Womens Shoes .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. Nike Shox For Sale Cheap . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Nike Shox Nz Black . At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence nearly every day to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a "witch hunt" to ruin Rodriguezs reputation and career. He said the defendants went "way over the line. LOS ANGELES -- One win away. The Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series since the Harry Truman administration. Drink in those words.One win away.But also feel free to ask yourself: Are those the most beautiful words in the universe? Or are they the most scary words in the universe?Theyre beautiful and special because the last World Series to stop by Wrigley Field happened in 1945. In the 70 years since, only two other Cubs teams have ever found themselves where this team finds itself.One win away.But thats also the scary part. The 1984 Cubs were one win away too. And then jumped out to the lead in each of the next three games. Only to get swallowed up by Steve Garveys homer, Leon Durhams error and the weight of history.Nineteen years later, the 2003 Cubs also found themselves one win away. Then Josh Beckett happened. And Steve Bartman happened. And, well, you know how that turned out.So in Chicago, those magic words, one win away, come with a history lesson. And we regret to inform these Cubs, the 2016 Cubs, that theyll be hearing all about that history lesson right up to the first pitch of Game 6 at Wrigley on an electrified Saturday night. Not that they recall signing up for this history class.That history thing is lost on me, joked catcher David Ross, one of the few men in his locker room who has been in this position before (with the 2013 Red Sox). I dont think I made good grades in history as a kid.Ross spoke those words Thursday evening in a clubhouse pulsing with energy after an 8-4 thumping of the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, a game that lifted these Cubs to this beautiful and scary place.The beauty was a joyous plane ride home, for the chance to play Games 6 and, if necessary, 7 at Wrigley and do something that would change the lives of millions of people. And the thought of what that would mean, for all of them, was powerful stuff.Its one of the main reasons why I signed here, said Ben Zobrist, because I knew the history, and I wanted to be part of something special that hasnt been done in a long, long time. Its been an elusive championship. But were not there yet. Oh, right. Theyre not there yet. Good point. To get there, all they have to do is beat Clayton Kershaw on Saturday and then Rich Hill on Sunday -- if there is a Sunday. That should be a blast.In the two games earlier in this NLCS in which they faced those two, the Cubs sent 46 hitters to the plate against them. And exactly four of those 46 got what the sabermetricians like to call a hit.So thats the scary half of this equation. In these next two games, they probably wont be seeing a whole lot of Joe Blanton and Luis Avilan. The mission starts with a Game 6 steel-cage match against Kershaw, who has spent this October rewriting his own postseason legacy.We know hes going to challenge us, and hell be going out there for blood, Dexter Fowler said. So we just have to do our best and see what happens.If theyd like a little slice of upbeat history, we can toss this tidbit their way. In the past decade, seven teams have been in this exact position -- heading home for Games 6 and 7, needing to win just one to make it to the World Series. All seven of those teams finished the job. And only the 2008 Rays -- a team managed by some guy named Joe Maddon -- even needed to play a seventh game to do it.On the other hand, those teams also had something else in common. None of them were the Cubs. Youu can add your own punchline.ddddddddddddh, but not these Cubs. From the day these Cubs arrived in spring training, there has always been something different about them. They had their GPS set for this place, in this moment.So this group has been shoving aside the goats and the curses for all those months in the journey to reach a game that very few men who have worn this uniform have ever gotten to play. And now they already can smell the special essence that will be in the air Saturday night. Its the best challenge in all of baseball, Ross said. Its the Holy Grail of championships, right? You win a World Series in Chicago, I mean, thats the tops right now. I just think as a competitor, you want to be on the biggest stage -- unless youre scared. Maybe if youre scared, you dont want to be. But we dont have any dudes in here who are scared.Nevertheless, they havent played a more challenging game all season than the game they are about to play Saturday night. And this is where the handful of men in their clubhouse who have known the meaning of these one-win-away moments have to make sure the young guys around them dont get overwhelmed by the magnitude of what they have a chance to do.All you can stress is the importance of winning every inning, said their assistant hitting coach, Eric Hinske, a man who played in the postseason for four teams and won World Series titles in Boston and New York. The good teams Ive been on, guys like Jason Varitek and Derek Jeter talked about winning every inning, getting to the next pitch. And thats what you do. Youve got to simplify things. You cant look at the grand scheme of everything. Youve got to stay in the moment.Ross, who won a World Series in Boston, keeps showering the young guys around him with almost that same mantra -- that this is no time to let your mind wander farther than the field youre playing on.Asked what advice he gives the phenoms in his clubhouse, he replied: Dont even think about the World Series. Youve got Clayton Kershaw on the docket for Saturday. And hes going to be as locked in as anybody. Hes one of the best in the game. So well celebrate once we go [to the Series]. But youve got to focus on the game. You start looking at the big picture and youll get lost, and itll swallow you up, and it will be gone before you know it.Ha. Tell it to the 42,000 people who will charge into Wrigley Field on Saturday night. They too have waited a lifetime to witness a game like this. But they dont need Eric Hinske or David Ross to tell them these dreams are never guaranteed to come true. Then again, you know the best part about history? You can rewrite it. And you know how close this team is to doing that?One win away.Were trying to write our own story, Hinske said. And this is us -- the 2016 Cubs. Weve been together for eight months now. But weve got to win Saturday.Four of the 25 players who will wear their uniform Saturday night have won a World Series: Ross, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Zobrist. But when Zobrist was asked if hed ever shown his teammates what that World Series ring he won last year in Kansas City looks like, he shook his head.Its something that Ill show friends and family, he said. And its something that Ill wear in the offseason, and probably when Im done with my career. But for now, were keeping these fingers free. Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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