Royals' 10-0 home start two shy of major mark


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Too bad the Kansas City Royals have to
go on the road. Then again, they're playing great in all ballparks.

Joe Randa hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and Kansas
City beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Thursday to become the first team
since 1987 to win its first 10 home games.

"This is awesome. It's really something to be proud of,'' said
Chris George, who beat the Twins' Brad Radke. "I wouldn't say we
feel invincible, but certainly confident.''

The Royals, who overcame a four-hitter by Radke (1-3), improved
to 16-3 overall and are 13 games over .500 for the first time since
the final day of the 1994 season.

Kansas City was 37-44 at home while losing a franchise-record
100 games last season. The Royals are the ninth team to start 10-0
at home, two shy of the major league record, set by the 1911
Detroit Tigers. Kansas City starts a nine-game road trip Friday at
Toronto, then returns home May 5.

"We have been playing good all the way around,'' Royals manager
Tony Pena said. "The thing about this ballclub is everybody wants
to be a hero. Everybody wants to do something.''

Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost six straight for the second time
this season. This isn't the kind of play that led the Twins to the
AL Central title last year.

"We're trying to force things right now. We can't seem to get
relaxed at the plate,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"We're just not a very good team right now and I can't tell you

George (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings,
giving up a tying single to Torii Hunter in the sixth inning in his
first complete game since last Sept. 9 against Oakland.

Mike Sweeney, in a 1-for-14 skid, had put the Royals ahead with
a fourth-inning homer.

Kansas City went ahead for good in the sixth when Carlos Febles
singled and scored on a double to center by Randa, who has seven
RBIs in the last three games.

Jason Grimsley pitched two innings of one-hit relief, and Mike
MacDougal finished the seven-hitter for his ninth save in nine

Hunter singled leading off the ninth and advanced on a wild
pitch, but Doug Mientkiewicz struck out and Michael Cuddyer flied
out to left. Hunter was doubled up off second by Raul Ibanez for
the final out.

"I was trying too hard, just wanted to get across home plate
and tie the game up,'' Hunter said. "But at the same time I
thought he was jammed and it was going to drop in. But it stayed
up. I made a big mistake, that's all.''

Game notes
When Febles stole second base in the third inning, it was
just the third base in 25 starts off Radke. ... The 1987 New York
Yankees had been the last team to start a season 10-0 at home. ...
In every series this year, the Twins have either swept or been
swept. This series was abbreviated from three to two games because
of Wednesday night's rainout, which will be made up on June 16 ...
Febles and SS Angel Berroa combined for a nifty 4-6-3 play on
Cuddyer's grounder to deep second in the seventh. ... The Royals'
16-3 record is the best for the franchise after 19 games.