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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Bill Laimbeer Pistons Jersey . -- Alex Gordon has been battling most of the season to raise his average above .200. Now he is the hottest hitter on the American Leagues hottest team.Gordon hit a grand slam, Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Thursday night.The Royals have won five straight and eight of nine to move above .500 for the first time since July 22. Royals starting pitchers have a 1.61 ERA in the five-game winning streak, allowing 23 hits and six earned runs in 33 2/3 innings, while striking out 27 and walking seven.Gordon, who was hitting .199 with 16 RBI on Aug. 9, extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games, hiking his average to .219. Gordon has homered in three consecutive games.I was probably trying to do too much, trying to get out of a slump, which its hard not to do, Gordon said. Im just trying to stay with the basics and put together good at-bats and luckily its been happening a little bit more lately.Gee (5-6) picked up the Royals first victory from a No. 5 starter since May 31. The Royals are 9-21 is games started by the fifth starter.I felt like I was throwing everything pretty good tonight, Gee said. I had command of the off-speed stuff and the fastball command got better throughout the game. I just felt like a lot more free and easy. The curveball was good, the slider was good. It was just a good night.Gee, who is 3-6 in 10 starts, gave up a home run to Brian Dozier on his third pitch. It was Doziers 14th career leadoff homer and his 27th for the season. He has homered in five straight games against the Royals.That was the only run Gee would allow as he limited the Twins to four singles after the home run, walked one and struck out seven. Gees seven innings were a season high.He didnt throw too many heaters, Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman said. He really kept us off balance, threw his off-speed for strikes. That was a key for him.Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey (8-9) retired the first 10 hitters, but only one of the final seven batters he faced before being removed by manager Paul Molitor. After Cheslor Cuthberts single with one out in the third, Duffey walked three and hit a batter with Gordons third career grand slam punctuating the inning. Duffey was replaced by Michael Tonkin after 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs.I think I tried to adjust by being better, and ultimately being worse, Duffey said. Just kind of missing arm side with a fastball, then I end up yanking a curveball and then the one that Gordon hit out wasnt necessarily a good pitch to hit. It just went right into his swing path. And then, giving up a grand slam, thats what happens when you walk a guy and hit a guy. Thats a really good lineup. I gave them some chances and they took full advantage of it.The Royals added three runs in the eighth with Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer both driving in a run. The other run scored on a throwing error by center fielder Eddie Rosario.Cuthbert had three of the Royals seven hits, bringing his hit total to 100, which ranks second among AL rookies.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: LHP Jason Vargas, who has not pitched this season after Tommy John surgery in July 2015, made his third rehab start Wednesday, giving up three runs and four hits, including two home runs, in 2 1/3 innings for Northwest Arkansas against Corpus Christi. He threw 42 pitches, 27 for strikes, while striking out one and walking none.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Jose Berrios yielded six runs, eight hits and a walk in two innings in his previous start, a 15-7 loss to Houston.Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three 2016 starts against the Twins. Tracy McGrady Jersey . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. Tony Snell Pistons Jersey . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. https://www.pistonsrookiesshop.com/Joe-Smith-City-Edition-Jersey/ . - Derek Wolfe says hes finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason. Lewis Hamilton says an incident with Daniel Ricciardo on the grid at the Japanese Grand Prix highlighted the F1s current rulebook being very grey and needing clarification in several areas.This weekend the FIA has sought to clarify rules about moving under braking after numerous complaints about Max Verstappens aggressive tactics. After a drivers briefing in Austin, FIA race director Charlie Whiting issued a clarification on what is now considered fair racing.Hamilton says another issue was raised at the drivers meeting around Ricciardo lining up with two wheels out of his grid slot before the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, something Mercedes had been told was not allowed. However, Charlie Whiting put it down to common sense as Ricciardo had been on the side of the grid with a damp patch.When asked if he felt F1 was now over-regulated, Hamilton said: I dont see the rules being an issue, its just rules being very grey. Its what we discussed... Something as simple as we discussed the start of the last race. The rule has always been youve got to pull up into the grid spot, you cant be half car out, half car in. You can rotate a little bit within the grid slot but you cant have two wheels out and two wheels in, half a car width to the other side.However Daniel Ricciardo had done in the last race because water was in our side, so he placed the car two wheels out, two wheels in. Charlie said, I assumed you would use common sense and thats what you could do. So for us it needs to be clear. Because if thats now allowed and common sense is allowed to prevail, all of us will just do that, cars will be staggered all down the grid. Its never been a rule.HHamilton started that race in front of Ricciardo, on the same side of the track with damp patches. Mateen Cleaves Pistons Jersey. His slow getaway cost him a shot at victory and, though he said it would not have made a difference to his tardy start, Hamilton says he would have done the same as Ricciardo if he knew it was allowed.If Id known actually in the last race, not that it would have made a difference, but I would have also put the car on... But we had asked, and they said no. So if its inconsistent, some people will exploit, some people may not get penalties and some may not.So it just needs to be clear. Always have to be in your box, no questions asks, unless you ask and they say you can start outside the box -- you know what I mean?Hamilton also brought up the issue of yellow flags, which needed clarification earlier this season after Nico Rosberg set a pole lap in Hungary despite encountering double-waved yellows -- which everyone else responded too by aborted their laps.Just like with the yellow flags, you can have a small lift but it wasnt very, very clear. So people have got away with some things and some people have got penalised -- it should be the same all the time. The clearer you make it the easier it is, and we wont try and exploit it.You know its a yellow flag, its a lift, you know its a double yellow flag, you cannot finish your lap. You cant just lift a little bit more and then accelerate faster through the corner where the danger zone is, and get away with it, because people have done it. So thats what its about. ' ' ' 

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