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Vargas shuts down Twins in Royals’ 5-0 win


Kansas City Royals’ Alcides Escobar (2) slides safely past Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki during the third inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he’d managed to wiggle out of three straight jams.
Whatever he did seemed to work.
The left-hander wound up pitching seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to ...

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