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MINNEAPOLIS -- When your starting pitcher gives up three home runs, you need to take advantage of every offensive opportunity you create. The Kansas City Royals blew a big chance Saturday night.Brian Dozier hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career, leading Tyler Duffey and the Minnesota Twins over the Royals 5-3.Tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, the Royals got a leadoff walk to Alex Gordon and a single by Alcides Escobar. But No. 9 hitter Raul Mondesi popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt, and the Twins turned a double play on a hard-hit grounder by Paulo Orlando to get out of the inning.That was a big play because if we get the bunt down, Paulos ball -- probably, if they play the infield in -- goes through for two runs, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Hes an excellent bunter. It just shows you though theres nothing in this game that is a sure thing no matter how good you are at it.For the second time this season, the Twins homered three times off Royals starter Dillon Gee (4-6), who gave up five earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.The first five innings ... we were battling pretty good and the curveball was good, Gee said. We were able to battle our way through five, and in the sixth it just fell apart.Robbie Grossman homered in the fifth inning to put Minnesota ahead 2-1. In the sixth, Kurt Suzuki hit a one-out single and Eddie Rosario drove a belt-high fastball into the bullpen in left-center for his eighth home run of the season.Dozier then hit the same pitch deep into the second deck in left, ending Gees night.The ball just started elevating and I wasnt commanding it very well, Gee said. They put good swings on mistakes.Duffey (8-8) won for the third time in three starts this month. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out six. His outing was especially timely given the recent troubles of Minnesotas starting staff. In the previous three games, Twins starters lasted a combined 10 innings.The more that the short outings get compounded, the more that it taxes your team collectively, Molitor said. You need a little relief. Long starts are right up there with off days.Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth and Brandon Kintzler allowed an unearned run in the ninth but held on for his 11th save in 12 chances.Cheslor Cuthbert hit his 10th home run of the season in the third inning to tie the game 1-1. But Grossman hit a leadoff home run in the fifth to put the Twins on top for good.CUTHBERT CRUSHINGCuthbert took over third base for the injured Mike Moustakas in late May, and the rookie has been on a tear since the All-Star break. After going 1-for-4 on Saturday hes hitting .336 since July 15. He also had four straight multi-hit games earlier this week and hasnt gone hitless in consecutive games since June 15-16.UP NEXTLHP Hector Santiago will try to earn his first victory for the Twins on Sunday. Santiago (10-6), acquired from the Angels in a four-player trade on Aug. 1, has allowed eight earned runs in 10 1/3 innings in his first two starts for Minnesota, both losses. Hell face RHP Edinson Volquez (8-10), who is 0-2 with three no-decisions since July 9. Jason Spriggs Super Bowl Jersey Dexter Williams Super Bowl Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Rashan Gary Super Bowl Jersey . LOUIS -- St. Davante Adams Super Bowl Jersey . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. Match factsSeptember 25, 2016 Start time 1430 local (0830GMT)Big PictureBangladesh and Afghanistan head into the first of three ODIs in Mirpur with different objectives. Afghanistan,playing in their first-ever bilateral series against Bangladesh, will be eager to extend their good form across formats in 2016 - they have won 14 out of 23 matches this year. With a young squad that has a number of senior players making way, they would want to more than just compete.Bangladesh havent played international cricket since the World T20 in March-April. Their last ODI came more than 10 months ago. Considering they did so well in ODIs in 2015 - they qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals apart from series wins at home against Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe - the forced rest is seen as a setback within the cricketing circles at home.Their landmark maiden series wins against three big sides may have brought about hope of playing more regularly, but opportunities have been far and few. Even their last A tour came about more than a year ago, in India. Therefore, this series is important to identify their combinations ahead of the bigger challenge against England at home.For starters, they will welcome the return of fast bowler Taskin Ahmed, whose bowling action has been cleared by the ICC.With not much international exposure, the other players have largely been busy with domestic competitions like the Dhaka Premier League, where the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal performed well. They have also tried to replicate top-level scenarios in several practice matches, but shedding rust is a major worry for the team management, which has also been revamped with the addition of former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh (bowling coach) and former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera (batting consultant).Afghanistan have left out the experienced Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran. Youngsters who showed glimpses of their ability in their three-week camp in India have been picked, and they impressed in the practice match against BCB XI. The onus, therefore, is on Asghar Stanikzai, the captain, and Mohammad Nabi would have to guide youngsters likes Rashid Khan and Karim Janat, fresh off the Afghanistan U19s.The contest promises to be intriguing, weather permitting.Form guideBangladesh WWWWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)Afghanistan LWLWWIn the spotlightSince his match-winning scores in the ODI series against South Africa last year, Soumya Sarkar has averaged just 17.82 in 49 matches in all competitive ccricket, including the Asia Cup T20, World T20 and domestic competitions.ddddddddddddohammad Shahzad has earned the reputation of being a crowd-puller with his exuberance, both with his celebrations and with the bat. He showed his capability at the World T20 in India earlier this year, and will once again be relied on to get the side off to pulsating starts.Teams newsBangladesh will have to choose between Imrul Kayes and Mosaddek Hossain to shore up the top order, which means Nasir Hossain may have to make way. Shafiul Islam, returning to the side after nearly two years on the fringes, could play ahead of Rubel Hossain.Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes/Mosadek Hossain, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Shafiul Islam, 10 Taijul Islam, 11 Taskin AhmedAfghanistan will make at least three changes from their last ODI, as Javed Ahmadi, Gulbadin Naib and Yamin Ahmadzai arent in the squad. Nawroz Mangal could open with Mohammad Shahzad while Hashmatullah Shahidi, who struck a half-century against BCB XI on Friday, could be slotted into the middle order. Either one of Fareed Ahmed or the uncapped Karim Janat may open the bowling with Dawlat Zadran.Afghanistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Nawroz Mangal, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 5 Asghar Stanikzai (capt), 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mirwais Ashraf, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Karim JanatPitch and conditionsThe surface at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium was mostly under cover due to the heavy rain in Dhaka. The ball has tended to move around a little more than usual under lights at this time of the year, which means chasing could be tricky. But the captain who wins the toss may have a difficult decision to make, considering rain could make an appearance in the second-half, which could bring Duckworth-Lewis calculations into the picture.Stats and triviaShakib is two wickets away from becoming Bangladeshs highest ODI wicket-taker, taking over from Abdur Razzak who has taken 207 wickets.This is Bangladeshs first bilateral ODI series against an Associate Nation at home since 2008 when they played against Ireland in a three-match ODI series.QuotesWe have got the ammunition so lets see if they can surprise the Bangladesh batsmenAfghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput We have upset many good teams on the world stage. We take them very seriouslyBangladesh coach Chandika Hathurasingha ' ' '

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