Two errors, two wild pitches, and 8 walks from the Royals’ pitchers allowed the Twins to get an 8-2 victory tonight. Kind of how the first game against the Rangers went; Twins score a lot, opposing team doesn’t score much. We all know how that series ended.

Brad Radke apparently wasn’t throwing from the right angle in his last start, and he must’ve fixed that. 8 very good innings, allowing 4 hits with 2 ER, a walk and 6 strikeouts. He didn’t give up a homerun, either. And no runs in the 1st or 2nd inning. Radke’s first inning stats this year: 23 innings pitched, 40 hits, 17 runs (16 earned), 5 homeruns, 5 walks and 16 strikeouts.

Justin Morneau went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs, bringing his season total up to 91. His average is now at .320. I think he’ll hit .330 on the season.

Joe Mauer‘s batting average is now at .366, after going 1-for-2 last night with 3 walks (none intentional).

Josh Rabe showed power that he didn’t have in the minors, hitting his 3rd homerun of the season in just 29 at bats.

Interesting note: Jason Bartlett, although he didn’t get hit last night, has been hit by a pitch 7 times this year; he’s tied with Craig Biggio, who is the king of getting hit (280 times in his career).

The Twins continue to put runs on the board with 2 outs. They got half of their runs last night with the inning on the line. Since the All-Star break, Morneau, Mauer, and Michael Cuddyer have combined to go 29-for-78 (.354) with 79 RBIs while there are 2 outs.

Today’s game is Johan Santana (12-5, 3.11) against former Twin Mark Redman (7-6, 5.40).

It isn’t known who will start Sunday’s game. Pitching coach Rick Anderson thinks that Francisco Liriano will start Monday, not Sunday. That leaves it open for….Mike Smith. That’s the general consensus, anyways.