The Royals come out of the All Star break on a sour note losing at Minnesota 8-4. Relief pitcher Blake Wood walked three and hit another batter while being charged with four runs in the seventh inning in relief of Bruce Chen who fell to 5-3.
Chen gave up four runs on nine hits with three walks in five innings for the Royals. Trevor Plouffe hit a big two-run homer and Delmon Young had three hits to lead the Twins.
The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the fourth inning thanks to two unearned runs against Francisco Liriano who gave up just one earned run seven innings. Melky Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI.