C Salvador Perez (2-for-4) collected his second multi-hit game of the current road trip. He is hitting .308 (4-for-13) in the four games on the trip. After hitting .284 prior to the All-Star break, Perez is hitting .235 (8-for-34) in the second half.
RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who starts Wednesday at Minnesota, picked up his 10th victory Thursday in a strong outing against the Orioles. He gave up one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings. Guthrie has won three of his last four starts. He is 6-3 with a 3.31 ERA in his career against the Twins. He has struck out 42 Twins in 70 2/3 innings.
2B Miguel Tejada (2-for-4) collected his second straight multi-hit game and his eighth multi-hit game of the season. Since June 29, he is hitting .320 (16-for-50) with a home run and seven RBIs in 14 games. He has at least one hit in all but two of those games.
RHP Ervin Santana allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while tying his season high with eight strikeouts Tuesday. It was his third straight start allowing three runs or fewer and his third straight of at least seven innings. The eight strikeouts were his high since he struck out eight on May 23 the Angels. He is 3-1 in his past 10 starts with a 3.04 ERA. The Royals are 7-3 in his past 10 starts.
DH Billy Butler (0-for-5) snapped his streak of hitting safely in 18 consecutive games vs. the Twins. In that stretch, he hit .457 (32-for-70). It was just his third hitless game in his last 32 games against the Twins, since September 26, 2011. Over that span, he is hitting .394 (50-for-127) with five home runs and 23 RBIs.
RHP Felipe Paulino threw a three-inning simulated game Tuesday at Surprise, Ariz. If he reports no soreness in his shoulder Wednesday, he likely would report this weekend to Double-A Northwest Arkansas to start a new rehab assignment. Paulino had Tommy John surgery last July, and he made one start for Northwest Arkansas on June 11 before he was shut down again.
3B Mike Moustakas (2-for-3) hit his eighth home run of the season in the third inning and his ninth in the eighth inning. He has three home runs since the All-Star break. The multi-homer game was the second of his career, with the other coming on June 24, 2012, vs. St. Louis. The four-RBI game Tuesday was a season high.
2B Chris Getz, who has a sore left knee, has not played since Saturday. He is day-to-day.
OF Lorenzo Cain has not played since Saturday due to tightness in his left groin. He will be put through a full workout Wednesday and could return that night against the Twins.