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The Royals have been playing more than their share of close games with 60 of their first 108 games decided by one or two runs. New Balance 998 España . That was not the case Monday night. Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help the Royals rout the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Monday night. The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs. "Quite frankly tonight was probably the least stressful game that weve played all year long," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It was literally a stress-free game. It was a combination of good pitching, solid defence and great hitting. Jeremy made it look easy. Six runs in the second was huge. Thats a big cushion right there." Guthrie (12-7) won his fourth straight start to log his 12th victory, which is a career high. It was his second career shutout and he lowered his earned run average to 3.94. The right-hander retired the final 13 batters, did not allow a Twins runner to reach third base and only two touched second base. He struck out seven and walked one. "Unfortunately Ive had big leads and have not pitched as well," Guthrie said. "So I probably stayed focused. Runs can really pile up in a hurry, so even with a 6-to-nothing lead, I felt though I was pitching with a two- or three-run lead, trying to avoid a leadoff hit and a drive because this team the guys can drive it. Theyve got some hitters throughout that can do damage if you lose focus." The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run second inning, which was highlighted by Mike Moustakas and Hosmer stroking two-run singles. Moustakas collected two hits in the inning. "They both feel very, very confident when the walk to the plate now," Yost said. "Its evident when you see them up there. Theyre stepping into the box with a lot of confidence. They feel good about themselves. Both of those kids have worked very hard to get back to where theyre at right now. "Moose is up to .234 from .175 two months ago. Thats a big climb back. Im happy to see it for him." The inning, also, included Lorenzo Cain walking with the bases loaded and a Billy Butler run-producing single. Hosmer hit his 12th home run, 11 of them after June 13, in the sixth with Jarrod Dyson and Cain aboard. Moustakas, who had two hits in the second inning, went 4-for-5, matching his career high for hits. "I dont think we need to spend a lot of time talking about this one," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Kevin Correia (7-8) was pulled after two innings and 16 batters faced, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. Correia has been rocked lately, not lasting more than two innings in two of his past three starts. He has given up 14 runs and 24 hits in just 9 2-3 innings. It got so bad that infielder Jamey Carroll pitched the eighth for the Twins, his first career big league outing on the mound. He retired the Royals in order. "I got out pitched by a 38-year-old (actually 39) middle infielder," Correia said. "Thats never good. I was just not able to get anybody out. I dont think Ive every started a game where a position player pitched. I just didnt have good command of my stuff tonight. I didnt really have it, my location. They were swinging early and jumped on some first-pitch strikes. You can always figure it out but it just didnt happen tonight." Notes: Royals 2B Miguel Tejada went 0-for-3 with a walk to snap his season-high eight-game hitting streak. ... Royals OF David Lough was held of the lineup with soreness in his left quadriceps after leaving the game Sunday with the injury. ... Royals RHP Wade Davis, who is on the family emergency leave list, is still penciled in as the Wednesday starter, but that could change with the death of his step-brother. ... Twins OF Josh Willingham, who had left knee surgery on July 3, began a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Class AAA Rochester, going 0-for-3. New Balance 574 España .C. -- After a listless first half, the Washington Wizards used a big third quarter run to beat the Charlotte Bobcats Bradley Beal scored 21 points and the Wizards used a 17-0 run in the third quarter to take control of what had been a close game and beat the Bobcats 97-83 on Tuesday night. New Balance 999 España .C. -- Rodney Hood connected from all over the court while freshman Jabari Parker was busy swatting shots and scoring in transition. . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. Bruce Bochy and Dave Roberts manage rival teams in the NL West, but they can probably agree on one thing: A no-hitter is no easy spot for a manager.Roberts caused quite a stir Saturday night when he pulled Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rich Hill after seven innings, even though the left-hander was working on a perfect game. Hill has been bothered by a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The Dodgers eventually allowed two hits after Hills departure.Last month, Bochy was pacing around the dugout as San Franciscos Matt Moore closed in on a no-hitter. Bochy let Moore -- who missed most of the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery -- stay in until he allowed his first hit with two outs in the ninth. Moore threw 133 pitches.Now that managers are more sensitive to high pitch counts, a no-hitter in progress can become pretty stressful.Theyre not used to throwing 120, 130 pitches. You have guys that sometimes have had injuries in their career that youre concerned about, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Sometimes as a manager, you want to see it take place, you want to see a guy have a perfect game and you want to see a guy have a no-hitter. But theres part of you that says you dont want to be in that situation.Roberts had to take into account Hills health problems and the Dodgers playoff prospects, weighing all of that against Hills opportunity to accomplish something special. Managers around baseball understood the move -- and so did Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.Its probably disappointing at that point in time, but theyre playing for more than just one game, Kluber said. Theyre trying to get him lined up to be a big part of their team for the playoffs, Id imagine. I think that ultimately when you look at it, thats the reason, and its hard to argue with it.Detroit manager Brad Ausmus pulled lefty Daniel Norris after five perfect innings last year, but there was little controversy abouut that because Norris was on a pitch count following an oblique strain. New Balance 574 Mujer Burdeos. Ausmus said the score can also factor into the decision.If its a close game and its a guy thats pitch count is climbing, I think ultimately youve got to make the decision if you think its the best way the team can win a game, Ausmus said. Its about amassing wins, not amassing no-hitters.Hill had thrown 89 pitches when he was taken out.Here are a few other developments from around baseball:DOWN TO THE WIREOnly five of the 15 teams in the American League are under .500, so theres quite a race on for the postseason spots. The AL East is particularly wild, with Boston leading Toronto and Baltimore by two games. The New York Yankees are another two games back.The Blue Jays and Orioles currently occupy the wild cards, but Detroit is a couple games behind, tied with the Yankees. Seattle and Houston are 1 1/2 games further behind, and its another half-game back to Kansas City.So thats 10 teams either occupying a postseason spot or within four games of one.CLINCHING TIMEThe Chicago Cubs have a chance to wrap up the NL Central in St. Louis at the home of the rival Cardinals. Chicagos magic number is five heading into a three-game series at St. Louis that starts Monday.FANTASY FOCUSFantasy owners probably didnt mind that much when Hill was pulled from his perfect game bid. It was only his third start since the beginning of August -- and the first time hed thrown seven innings since May 23. A step in the right direction, to say the least.LINE OF THE WEEKHill is the pick here, although Colorados Chad Bettis earns an honorable mention for his two-hitter against San Francisco on Monday.---AP Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick in New York and AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '