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11.09.2018, 11:21
Jarrod Dyson will be receiving a text from catcher and former Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera.

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Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year.

Waved home by third-base coach Mike Jirschele, Butera slid in ahead of second baseman Brian Dozier’s throw for the first inside-the-park-homer by a Royals catcher since Brent Mayne on Sept. 22, 1991. The 97th inside-the-park homer in Royals history was the first since Jarrod Dyson’s on July 8, 2015.

”I’ll add it to a list of really weird things I’ve done in my career,” Butera said.

Kansas City had not swept a series since last July 24-26 at Detroit, part of a nine-game winning streak. The Royals, who are 30-68, matched their longest winning streak of the season at three games.

With the score 2-2, Lucas Duda singled off Zach Duke (3-4) leading off the seventh and Alcides Escobar walked with two outs. Butera, a slow-footed catcher with no stolen bases in nine major league seasons, hit a liner just to the right-field side of short center. As Cave landed on his stomach, the ball bounced to the warning track, where it was retrieved by right fielder Max Kepler at the base of the wall.

”It was like Evel Knievel Kam Chancellor Jersey (http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/kam-chancellor-jersey-cheap) ,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”He pulled the parachute too early. Soon as he hit third base, he looked like he was running under water.”

Butera slid in ahead of second baseman Brian Dozier’s throw.

”After I saw him dive, I thought I’d get to third, and there was no sense in sending me unless the right fielder and left fielder fell down,” Butera said.

Cave did not second-guess his decision.

”When I first made the read, I thought I had a chance for it,” Cave said. ”I just wanted to make a play for my pitcher, and it kind of went the wrong direction. Hindsight’s 20-20. Looking back at it now, maybe I should have gone another way, but I’ve played the game one way my whole life, that’s aggressive and hard, and I don’t want to stop that.”

Twins manager Paul Molitor did not fault Cave.

”I’m glad he went for it,” Molitor said. ”You’ve got a chance to make a play. We had put him playing shallow, trying to throw a guy out and moved him in a little bit closer with two strikes. It just was dying. He tried to get there. I give him credit. He didn’t back off.”

Brad Keller (3-4) struck out a career-high eight in seven-plus innings, allowing three runs and three hits. He had given up nine runs, 13 hits and nine walks over 6 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

Kepler’s home run leading off the eighth was the first off Keller in 63 1/3 innings. Wily Peralta worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs – one earned – and two hits over six innings.

Dozier hit an RBI double in the fourth and scored on Logan Morrison’s groundout. Alex Gordon hit a two-run double in the fifth after third baseman Eduardo Escobar Brandon Carr Jersey (http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/brandon-carr-jersey-cheap) , shifted into right field, allowed Duda’s grounder to bounce off his wrist for an error.


Gordon has 500 extra-base hits and only George Brett, Hal McRae, Frank White and Amos Otis have more with the Royals.


Royals: OF Brian Goodwin was acquired from the Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan. The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 in 48 games with Washington.


Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (right middle finger surgery) is to come off the DL and make his season debut Wednesday at Toronto. ”We think that keeping him on his regular turn would be good,” Twins manager Paul Molitor. Santana allowed one run in six innings Friday for Triple-A Rochester.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (oblique strain) likely will miss several turns, ending his streak at eight seasons of 30 or more starts. Kennedy has been limited to cardio activities and no throwing since going back on the DL on July 11.


Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-0) is to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester and start Monday at Toronto. He went 5-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 11 starts and three relief appearances in the International League. He lost on June 30 in his only appearance for the Twins this year, allowing four runs in four innings against the Chicago White Sox.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-1) will make his second career start in the series opener against the Tigers.

Kevin Durant is staying put for now. So are Paul George and Chris Paul.

Meanwhile, LeBron James‘ next move remains unclear.

Durant has decided to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal cannot become official until the league’s offseason moratorium ends on Friday. The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can – and likely will – become a free agent again next summer.

So much for the notion that stars would wait for James to decide his future before they would decide theirs.

Things went a very different way.

Durant, Paul and George all knew what they were going to do even before the NBA’s moratorium – and the start of free agency – officially kicked in at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday. So did plenty of other players, and by the time the moratorium was 2 hours old nearly $700 million worth of deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to AP by people involved in the various decisions.

Durant’s move is a win on multiple levels for the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal.

Durant will be paid about $30.5 million this coming season, about $5 million less than he could have commanded if the deal was structured differently. That savings will give Golden State options for other moves this summer, as the Warriors look to bolster their bench for a run at what could be a fourth title in a five-year span.

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George took the stage at a party in Oklahoma City on Saturday night and announced that he will be staying with the Thunder, a move that might have been unexpected a year ago when he was traded away by the Indiana Pacers – presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

That move isn’t happening.

Not now, anyway, and barring a trade not for at least three years in what will be considered a massive victory for the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti. George agreed to a four-year deal that will be worth roughly $135 million, though he can opt out of the final season, according to a person familiar with the terms.

”I’m here to stay,” George told the crowd at the party.

Down in Houston, Paul has told Rockets fans the same thing.

”UNFINISHED BUSINESS,” Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA’s free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.

His meaning was clear. The Rockets were tantalizingly close to a trip to the NBA Finals this spring, and Paul’s coming back to get over that hump.

Houston took Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference finals back in May. Paul missed the last two games of that series with an injury, and the Rockets wasted big leads in both of those games – then had to watch the Warriors sweep Cleveland for the NBA title.

Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden. ESPN reported he is signing a four-year deal that will be worth $160 million.

Meanwhile, James created a frenzy on Saturday without saying a word.

James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. By the time he arrived around midday – after his flight plan was tracked online – reporters and at least one news helicopter were waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers star, who decided to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt-in to a $35.6 million deal for this coming season.

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But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it’s already fairly evident that not everyone in the NBA will be thrilled by the development.

”The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe’s and Magic’s team…. Process that,” Philadelphia star Joel Embiid wrote on Twitter.

Philadelphia has been one of the teams often mentioned as a club that would pursue James this summer, and that still may be the case.

With Durant, George and Paul off the board, James is the biggest name left to decide his intentions when it comes to free agency. His agent Rich Paul was expected to meet by phone with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman early Sunday, and there has been no indication when James will announce his plans for next season and beyond.

For Dallas, persistence paid off. The Mavs finally are getting DeAndre Jordan.

Jordan agreed to sign with Dallas three years ago, then changed his mind and social media went beyond abuzz over what happened next. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official.

But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavericks.

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