Royals Twins split day night doubleheader

Scott Baker had a perfect game and no-hit bid foiled in the ninth inning, as Minnesota blanked the Kansas City Royals, 5-0, earning the split in a day-night doubleheader at the Metrodome. Baker (8-6) had a chance at becoming the 18th pitcher in Major League history to toss a perfect game, but walked John Buck to open the ninth. Buck was erased on Esteban Germans ground ball to second, but Mike Sweeney, just off the 60-day disabled list for Kansas City, lofted a short fly ball that found open space in left field.