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Originally published Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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Doumit homers from both sides, Twins beat Royals

Ryan Doumit homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

The Associated Press

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Ryan Doumit homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Doumit became the third Twins player to go deep both right-handed and left-handed in a game. The others were Chili Davis (1992) and Roy Smalley (1986).

Doumit homered to lead off the second inning swinging left-handed. He opened the sixth with his ninth home run, batting right-handed against reliever Tim Collins. It was Doumit's sixth career multihomer game, the second this season.

Hitting .354 in his past 26 games, Doumit also had a two-run single with two outs in a four-run third to match his career high for RBIs.

Samuel Deduno (1-0), who made six relief appearances the past two years with San Diego and Colorado, picked up his first big league victory. He limited the Royals to one run and six singles over 6 1-3 innings.

Lorenzo Cain's sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Mike Moustakas with the only run off Deduno, who was making his third major league start.

Doumit's big day spoiled the Royals debut of right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, acquired Friday in a trade with the Rockies for Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie (3-10) yielded four runs on five hits and three walks in five innings.

Guthrie, who led the National League in home runs allowed with 21, hung a breaking ball on a 1-1 count to Doumit, who hit it out to right.

The Twins bunched three hits and two walks off Guthrie in a four-run third. Jamey Carroll led off the inning with a single and, with one out, Ben Revere and Joe Mauer walked.

It appeared Guthrie might escape unscathed after Josh Willingham's infield popup for the second out, but Doumit delivered a two-run single. Brian Dozier doubled off the left-field wall to drive in two more runs.

Kansas City's rotation had a 7.38 ERA during a 3-7 homestand. The Royals have lost 15 of 20 and are only a half-game in front of the Twins for last place in the AL Central.

Billy Butler homered, his 19th, with Moustakas aboard in the eighth against Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak. Pinch-hitter Yuniesky Betancourt also connected in the Royals' two-run ninth.

NOTES: Royals SS Alcides Escobar and manager Ned Yost were ejected in the ninth inning by second base umpire D.J. Reyburn. It was Escobar's first career ejection. ... Twins OF Trevor Plouffe remained out of the lineup with a bruised right thumb, which he hurt swinging Friday. He is still unable to swing. ... Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau, on paternity leave, is expected to rejoin the club in Chicago after his wife, Krista, gave birth Saturday to the couple's second child, Martin. ... The Royals open a seven-game trip Monday with LHP Bruce Chen starting in Anaheim. The Angels will counter with C.J. Wilson.

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