MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Redman used a new pitch to beat his old
The Kansas City left-hander tossed his first shutout of the year
-- and second complete game -- to lead the last-place Royals past the
Minnesota Twins 2-0 Tuesday night.
Redman (8-8), drafted 13th overall by the Twins in 1995, went
15-13 with Minnesota from 1999-2001. Since being traded by the
Twins to Detroit five years ago, Redman was 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in
eight starts against Minnesota.
The difference this time was a cutter he has been working on for
about four weeks with pitching coach Bob McClure. Redman said 60
percent of his pitches were cutters.
"The last start I threw it one time and the start before that I
probably threw it about 20 times," he said. "When I'm pitching
fastball-changeup they're beating me. My objective today was to use
the cutter and not walk anyone."
Entering the game he was 0-2 with a 7.77 ERA in five August
"I want to turn the page," he said.
Minnesota, which lost its second in a row and third in eight
games, is now a half-game behind Chicago in the wild-card race.
With the loss, the Twins are now 5½ games behind Detroit in the AL
Central. The White Sox beat Tampa Bay 11-8, and the Tigers were
rained out in New York.
Minnesota's Matt Garza (1-3) was almost as good as Redman.
In his fourth major league start, he allowed five hits and two
earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, striking out a career-high seven and
walking one. Garza, who gave up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings in his
previous two home starts, lowered his ERA in the Metrodome from
11.74 to 7.04. He retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced.
"I felt good about the way I threw. We just ran into some tough
luck tonight," Garza said.
Kansas City scored both of its runs in the fifth. Emil Brown and
Ryan Shealy both hit one-out singles before catcher John Buck
doubled off the center-field wall, driving in Brown. Shealy scored
on a groundout by Andres Blanco.
"It was a fastball over the plate and I just put a good swing
on it, and luckily Torii [Hunter] didn't catch it," Buck said.
"He'll track down some of those so I wasn't too confident until I
saw it hit the fence."
Kansas City has won nine of its past 13 games against first- or
"You should always be playing for something," manager Buddy
Bell said. "A lot of guys in this clubhouse are playing just to
survive in the big leagues. In a lot of ways that's a heck of a lot
more pressure than guys even fighting for a pennant."
Redman, who threw all eight innings in a 1-0 loss at Boston on
July 19, won for the first time since July 25. It was his second
career complete game shutout. The other was on May 14, 2005.
"The cutter just opened up the whole plate for him and made his
changeup a little more effective and his breaking ball a little
more effective," Buck said. "Because he was pounding them inside
with the cutter and changing speeds so well they couldn't look out
over the plate, and when he did miss over the plate they missed a
Shut out for the 12th time this year, Minnesota had leadoff
singles in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but couldn't get a
"When he hits spots with his offspeed, you can't hit that,"
said Hunter, who went 1-for-3.
Kansas City had an opportunity to take an earlier lead.
Brown doubled with one out in the second inning, but was thrown
out by Michael Cuddyer trying to advance to third on a fly out by
Shealy. It was Cuddyer's 10th outfield assist, tying him with Carl
Crawford for second-best in the league behind New York's Melky
Game Notes Team doctors examined Minnesota rookie LHP Francisco
Liriano on Tuesday and said everything looks good in his
rehabilitation. On the disabled list since Aug. 8 with a strained
ligament in his left elbow, Liriano (12-3) is scheduled to throw a
bullpen session Wednesday in tennis shoes. ... Blanco started at
shortstop for Kansas City in place of Angel Berroa, who has a sore
ankle. ... Royals 2B Mark Grudzielanek was 0-for-4, and is 3-for-28
in his last seven games. He was thrown out at first after Minnesota
3B Nick Punto made a diving stop in the sixth inning. ... Minnesota
manager Ron Gardenhire said Radke is expected to start Saturday in
New York. Radke left Friday's game at Chicago after two innings and
returned to Minnesota to receive a cortisone injection in his right
shoulder. He has been pitching with a torn labrum.