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Not even a bitter cold and steady rain could slow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Not even a bitter cold and steady rain could slow the Kansas City Royals. Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series. With the first-pitch temperature at 45 degrees, a wind chill in the mid-30s and rain most of the game, the Royals won their fourth straight and sixth in seven games to move three over .500 for the first time since May 12, 2011 -- when they were 20-17. "Horrible," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The conditions were not very conducive to playing baseball. It was cold and wet, but it played the same for both teams. It was tough to score. I didnt think anybody would be able to hit a home run tonight with the heavy air and damp air." Butler homered in the first, while Francoeur led off the seventh with a home run to extend his hitting streak to seven games. "It was cold, man," Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said. "As long as we get a W it doesnt matter how cold it is." The Royals have won their first three Kauffman Stadium games after losing their first 10 at home last April. "Thats in the past," Yost said. "Thats not in our mind anymore. We remember it, but this is a new team. Its nice to be 6-3." The Royals got another run in the seventh when Alcides Escobars single scored Chris Getz. Salvador Perez had three of the nine Kansas City hits. Davis (1-0), acquired from Tampa Bay in a December trade, held the Twins to four singles in five scoreless innings, striking out six, walking three and hitting a batter. "The first two innings, he did a magnificent job of pitching out of bases loaded jams and in the second inning with nobody out," Yost said. "He kind of settled down from that point. He got through five and his pitch count was up." Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks (0-1), who is 1-11 in 22 career starts, took the loss, although he gave up just one run -- Butlers homer -- on four hits in five innings. "I went out there and I was feeling a little disoriented," Hendriks said. "I wasnt feeling right. Once I got locked in it was better. It was just the one pitch (Butlers home run) which hurt. "I felt really good out of the stretch. The number of pitches, 96 in five innings, thats not a positive. Just the one home run, I was pleased, compared to the last time out. It was tough conditions today." Davis, who threw 52 pitches in the first two innings, struck out Aaron Hicks and Joe Mauer to start the game, before walking two and yielding a bloop single to Justin Morneau. Trevor Plouffe flied out to end the inning. Davis faced a bigger predicament in the second when the Twins loaded the bases with none out. He rebounded by striking out Hicks and Mauer and retiring Josh Willingham on an infield popup. "I got into a little trouble early and didnt make it too easy on myself," Davis said. Bruce Chen replaced Davis and worked three innings, giving up two hits, while Kelvin Herrera completed the shutout with three strikeouts to pick up his second save in as many opportunities. The Twins stranded 12 runners and went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Notes: Twins LHP Scott Diamond, who had arthroscopic surgery in December to remove a bone chip, is penciled in to come off the disabled list Saturday and start against the New York Mets. Diamond went 12-7 with a 3.54 ERA last season as a rookie. ... C George Kottaras has yet to play in the first nine Royals games. ... RHP Luis Mendoza will start Friday against Toronto, but will be skipped his next start with the Royals having four off-days in the next 12 days. ... After committing just one error in their first eight games, Escobar and CF Lorenzo Cain made fielding miscues Wednesday. ... The Twins dropped to 171-172 all-time at Kansas City. beats By Dre cyber monday 2013 . The Cleveland Indians pitcher was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Friday for "intentionally throwing" at New Yorks Kevin Youkilis, the right-handers second penalty in two years for aiming at a hitter. beats By Dre cyber monday sale . And in the second game of a day-night double-header, the Miami Marlins finally gave their first-year manager something to feel good about while wearing a different "M" on his hat. . Moving to a hockey hotbed from one where the sport was rarely in the spotlight, the Thrashers are expecting a little bit of culture shock now that theyve landed in Winnipeg. cyber monday beats By Dre deals . Running, however, is only one part of his game that makes him so good. The Texans raved this week about his blocking and receiving skills, and perhaps most importantly, his knowledge of the game. beats By Dre cyber monday deals . Francis Xavier 83 Godding, Keith WR 60 190 Bishops 85 Gore, Shawn WR 60 198 Bishops 87 Iannuzzi, Marco WR 61 198 Harvard 19 Jackson, Paris WR 63 215 Utah 25 Foord, Stuart RB 511 195 Regina Thunder 33 Harris, Andrew RB 511 200 V.I. Raiders 40 Cronk, Tim FB 60 245 Bishops 46 Lumbala, Rolly FB 62 238 Idaho 49 Doege, Steven DL 63 230 Okanagan Suns 99 Westerman, Jabar DL 62 285 Eastern Michigan 48 Conn, Justin LB 63 230 Bishops 51 Gesse, Joash LB 511 221 Montreal 45 Arakgi, Jason DB 62 205 McMaster 27 LaRose, J.MINNEAPOLIS -- Even when his Minnesota Timberwolves were down by three with 12.5 seconds to play in the game, Kevin Love never stopped believing that they would come out of there with a win. He backed up that belief with one heck of a shot to put them in position to do just that. Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left to force overtime in the Timberwolves 120-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Ricky Rubio had 13 points, 11 assists and three steals for the Timberwolves, who led by 17 in the first half and survived a major scare from a young and rebuilding team. "I personally knew wed win the whole time," Love said. "I told the guys with two or three minutes left, just keep playing through it. Its going to be a learning experience for us, but were going to win this game. They all agreed." Arron Afflalo had 28 points and nine rebounds and Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic. Orlando was playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but led by three with 12.5 seconds to play. "That was fun. That was fun to be a part of," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Id be even in a better mood if we came out victorious, but great effort by our guys to give ourselves a chance to win the ball game." Love made a 3-pointer just over two seconds later to tie the game and Afflalo missed a turn-around baseline jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game in regulation. "A little more upset about the 3 they got off," Afflalo said. "We shouldve just had a little more communication and not even been in that position. "It kind of hurts more when you feel like youve got the game won, after all weve been through last season and trying to build this season, we want to start capitalizing on these type of games." Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin hit three-point plays in overtime for a 113-107 lead with 2:36 to play, and the Wolves just breathed a big sigh of relief at the start of a season thatt begins with high expectations.dddddddddddd Corey Brewer finished with 16 points and Martin scored 23 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Jameer Nelson had 18 points and eight assists and Victor Oladipo had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for Orlando. But it was a triumphant return for Love, who played in just 18 games last season due to a twice-broken hand. The injury issues, and Loves perceived unhappiness with the organization under previous president David Kahn soured him with some fans. He spent the summer working out harder than ever to be ready to reclaim his status as the leagues top power forward. If any fans had any lingering hard feelings, they were buried with that big 3-pointer from the left elbow. "Thats why he gets paid the big bucks," Brewer said with a smile. "We knew we were going to him and he made the shot." The lead swelled to 17 points early in the second quarter, but coach Rick Adelmans concerns about this teams makeup surfaced later in the period. After a rough shooting night in the opener against the rugged Pacers, Afflalo found the groove in the third quarter. His 3-pointer cut Minnesotas lead to 69-68 midway through the quarter and the Magic trailed by seven heading into the fourth. All looked lost when Oladipo hit two free throws for a 103-100 lead with 12.5 seconds to go. Love came off a screen, rose up and swished the big shot, then hollered at the delirious crowd. The Wolves had worked on that exact play in practice on Tuesday, but Love didnt make the shot. "Id rather make it in a game than in practice," Love said with a chuckle. "So were happy we converted." NOTES: The Magic again were without Tobias Harris (sprained left ankle) and Doron Lamb (sprained right ankle). Lamb is on the road trip with the team, meaning he is likely closer to playing than Harris. ... Rubio has at least one steal in 22 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the NBA. ... Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, did not play for the Wolves. ' ' '



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