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KC@MIN: Guthrie fans five over six quality innings

For the second time in five days, Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals will face Kevin Correia and the Twins.

Less than a week removed from sweeping the series in Minneapolis, the Royals will host a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium beginning Monday.

Each team will have some momentum coming in having won its last series, but the Royals hold a 10-3 advantage in the season series.

Guthrie won the teams' last matchup, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He is 3-1 against the Twins this season, including a 2-0 record at home.

If this start follows suit, Guthrie will be in position to notch a career-best 12th win of the season. He is 11-7 with a 4.22 ERA through 22 starts. He has won three straight starts, and the Royals have won five of the last six games he has started.

The Royals enter the series with five straight series wins out of the break and a 13-3 record and 8-1 mark on their recent road trip. They return home four games over .500.

The Royals will look to extend a two-game winning streak while playing without starting catcher Salvador Perez, who was placed on the seven-day concussion list on Sunday. Perez has played in 92 of the team's 108 games this season, and he was batting .278.

The Twins are 9-7 since the All-Star break and are coming off a series sweep of the Astros.

Correia is 7-7 with a 4.49 ERA through 21 starts this season. He took a no-decision against the Royals last week as he allowed two runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts in six innings.

"I felt like I'd rather go out there and do that than what I've done a lot in the past, where I've pitched well and then give up a two-run homer," Correia said after the game. "I pitched a little better and was able to work out of jams. To be able to leave the game tied with a chance to win the game, I'll take that. I'm not trying to pad my numbers or more ERA at this point in my career. I'm here to win baseball games, and I don't really care how it happens."

He will be making his fifth career start against the Royals, and he is 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA in that time.

Twins: Bullpen offering big support
The Twins' bullpen has held opponents to just one run in its last 24 innings, for a 0.38 ERA. Minnesota relievers have pitched three or more scoreless innings in 30 games this year and have one of the top ERAs in the American League at 2.90.

A big part of that success has been long reliever Anthony Swarzak, who has given them 70 2/3 innings of work with a 3.05 ERA through 30 games.

Royals: Perez sidelined with low-grade concussion
Catcher Salvador Perez was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Sunday after a foul ball hit him in the facemask in the 12th inning on Saturday. He finished the game but was taken to the hospital with a headache. He was released from the hospital on Sunday morning and rejoined the Royals.

"Always after the game, he'll come over and give me a hug, right? But he didn't yesterday," manager Ned Yost said on Sunday. "So I said, 'What's wrong with you?' And he said, 'Uh-uh-uh,' and then he gave me a hug. He goes, 'I've got a headache, my head's hurting.' So I knew something was wrong there. We took him right into the training room, the doctors came, they took him to the hospital and they cat-scanned him. The headache had subsided, he was clear and he answered questions. But they still deemed it a low-grade concussion, and they don't play with that stuff."

The Royals called up catcher Brett Hayes from Triple-A Omaha to take his place on the 25-man roster and split time with George Kottaras while Perez is out.

Right-handed pitcher Wade Davis was placed on the family emergency List. Left-hander Will Smith was recalled from Omaha in his place.

Worth noting
• Royals infielder Miguel Tejada has hit safely in eight straight games. He's batting .429 (12-for-28) in that span.

• Justin Morneau's first-inning home run on Sunday put him in a three-way tie with Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham for the team lead with 10 long balls.

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