Scott Baker might never again come so close to immortality as he did in his last start against the Royals.
Three outs from a perfect game, he walked John Buck to start the ninth and, after a forceout, surrendered a looping single to pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney. Yet he completed a one-hit, 5-0 victory on Aug. 31 at the Metrodome.
The Royals' loser was Gil Meche in a classic case of the non-support issues he's faced this year.
This time, the Royals will start Kyle Davies, who has won his only two games for his new club against the Twins. However, he lost to the Twins earlier this year when he was pitching for the Braves.
Toughest on him has been Twins center fielder Torii Hunter, 3-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs.
KC: RHP Kyle Davies (6-12, 5.81 ERA)
It might be a good sign that Davies is facing the Twins. He's won two of seven starts he's made for the Royals, and both victories came against the Twins. In fact, his best performance was Aug. 9 at KC, when he shut out the Twins on three hits for 6 2/3 innings. On Aug. 31 at Minnesota, he went five innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits. In his last start at Texas, Davies continued to have command problems with his fastball and took his fourth loss since being obtained from the Braves.
MIN: RHP Scott Baker (8-7, 4.14 ERA)
Baker battled through five innings and gave up three runs in the first inning of his start on Wednesday against the Indians. Baker needed 27 pitches to record just the first out of the game. He allowed the leadoff batter on in each of his five innings, but only gave up runs in the first inning. Baker took a perfect game into the ninth inning the last time he faced the Royals. He ended up with a shutout and surrendered just one hit. Baker is 2-0 in his two starts against KC this season and has put up a stingy 0.53 ERA.
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Sweeney, who broke up Baker's no-hitter, is 3-for-4 against him -- all singles.
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Official game notes
Wednesday: Royals (Gil Meche, 7-12, 3.82) vs. Twins (Carlos Silva, 11-13, 4.34), 1:10 p.m. CT
Friday: Royals (Brian Bannister, 12-8, 3.46) at Indians (C.C. Sabathia, 17-7, 3.15), 6:05 p.m. CT
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.