Royals Open Homestand

By: By AMY JO WALKER, STATS Writer
By: By AMY JO WALKER, STATS Writer

Sidney Ponson's first win in a Minnesota uniform left him frustrated and looking to improve, but there has been little to be unhappy about in his recent play against the Kansas City Royals.

The veteran right-hander tries to lead the Twins to a season-high fourth straight victory as they open a three-game series with the Royals on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

After a dismal debut with the Twins (10-5), Ponson (1-1, 8.18 ERA) bounced back in a 12-5 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday -- his first victory since May 27, 2006. The 30-year-old pitcher certainly wasn't spectacular, though, allowing two runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 1-3 innings.

Ponson wished he could've thrown longer.

"I'm seven (innings) and up," he said. "I didn't do my job today. We go early to the bullpen and I hate that. I bust my behind all season not to throw five innings, but to throw seven or more."

Ponson looks to reach that mark Friday versus the Royals (4-11), against whom he is 9-5 with a 4.21 ERA in 17 career starts -- tied for his most wins versus any opponent. He is 6-1 in his last nine games against them.

Ponson will be making his first road start as the Twins continue their six-game trip. They swept Seattle in three games to kick off the road stretch, capped by Thursday's 6-5 victory.


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