In the first seven innings, the Kansas City Royals mustered two singles — one not leaving the infield — and did not have a runner touch second base. First baseman Billy Butler and catcher Salvador Perez each drove in two runs with two out in the eighth as the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Wednesday night. With the victory and the Detroit loss, the Royals hiked their lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tigers in the American League Central. “The feeling inside the locker room is a lot different than it was earlier in the year,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
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