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Aaron Thompson

Royals beat Twins 3-2 on ninth-inning walk-off double, earn series split

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ervin Santana hadn't pitched in a major league game since last September, so all eyes were on his season debut. But the Royals Danny Duffy is working on a comeback of his own. Duffy's third start since coming off the disabled list two weeks ago was his best. He didn't get the victory but the Royals did, 3-2 over the Twins in walk-off fashion. Lorenzo Cain opened the ninth with a five-pitch walk, and up stepped Eric Hosmer to face left-handed reliever Aaron Thompson. Hosmer had been hitless when he drove a Thompson offering into the right-field corner for a double. Cain approached third and saw the windmilling arm of third-base coach Mike Jirschele. The...