P.J. Walters allowed just one run in the first four innings against the Royals last night, but he allowed six straight hitters to reach base in the fifth and he was pulled from the game. Kansas City scored five runs in the fifth to pull away for a 10-5 win over the Twins.
Denard Span returned to the leadoff spot and started in centerfield. He finished 2-4 with a triple and scored two runs. It was his first game back since late August. He was out with a sore shoulder and collarbone.
Joe Mauer missed a second consecutive game because of back spasms. Mauer had played in 131 of a possible 142 games entering Wednesday's game.