MLB: Minnesota 7, Kansas City 0

Aug. 7, 2013 at 12:17 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Andrew Albers dominated the Royals over 8 1/3 shutout innings in his major league debut Tuesday, boosting Minnesota to a 7-0 whitewash of Kansas City.

Albers (1-0), called up from Class AAA Rochester Saturday to replace the demoted Scott Diamond in the Twins' rotation, scattered four hits, allowed one walk and struck out two in a dazzling performance.

The 27-year-old left-hander, who was signed by Minnesota as a minor-league free agent last year, had gone 11-5 with a 2.86 ERA over 132 1/3 innings at Rochester this season.

Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI while Justin Morneau cracked a two-run shot and Chris Colabello added a bases-empty clout for the Twins, who broke a five-game skid against Kansas City.

James Shields (6-8) was torched for seven runs on eight hits over six full innings as the Royals lost for the just the fourth time in 18 games.

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