Samuel Deduno is now 3-0 against the Kansas City Royals, holding them to one run over seven innings in a 3-1 Minnesota Twins victory.
Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia each drove in runs in the fourth, Pedro Florimon adding another on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh. The Royals managed only a solo home run by Salvador Perez in the fifth.
Jared Burton and Glen Perkins relieved Deduno and each provided an inning of scoreless relief with Perkins earning his 20th save.
James Shields faces P.J. Walters in game two of the four game series at 7:10 PM Friday.