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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