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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins started this game sloppily and never recovered against the surging Kansas City Royals. Billy Butler had two hits and drove in two runs, Lorenzo Cain stole a home run from Trevor Plouffe with a leaping catch over the centre field wall, and the Royals beat the Twins 7-2 on Thursday for their ninth straight victory. The biggest letdown of the afternoon came afterward, for Aaron Hicks and Canadian Scott Diamond. The Twins sent their starting pitcher and centre fielder to Triple-A Rochester. Corner outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will be recalled, and the Twins will make another move on Saturday to replace Diamond on the staff. A native of Guelph, Ont., Diamond (5-10) was the only one in last years rotation assured of a spot this season after going 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 starts. This year, his ERA is 5.52 and he has only 45 strikeouts in 107-plus innings. In his 20th outing, the Royals tagged him for seven runs, nine hits and three walks in five innings, rendering a homer and a double by Justin Morneau of New Westminster, B.C., moot. "If youre not impacting the team and contributing at all, you dont deserve to be here," Diamond said. "Right now I just need to go down to Triple-A and figure some things out and hopefully come back." The 27-year-old underwent surgery in December to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow. Over his last 10 starts, Diamond went 1-6. Only two of those were turns of six innings or more and three runs or less. "I just need to get back to being aggressive and clear my head and reset a little bit," Diamond said. "I think right now Im trying to do a lot. I was fearful of this actually happening so I think because of it I was just trying to do too much." Hicks, who made the opening day roster after never playing in triple-A, has had quite a time adjusting to major league pitching. After a brief improvement right before the All-Star break, Hicks has regressed again. Hes hitting .192 with 84 strikeouts in 281 at-bats. Even a rebuilding team with time to develop prospects couldnt let that continue. "It looked like at one point he was going up the ladder a little bit, and now hes going right back down. A lot of poor at-bats. The kids trying. Hes playing a great centre field. Im happy with that, but unfortunately right now his swing is not where he wants to be. He needs some confidence too," manager Ron Gardenhire said. Managing the strike zone is what Hicks needs to work on the most. "This game is just a business. You have to be able to produce and produce on a daily basis. The past couple weeks I havent really been producing that well," Hicks said. Hicks said hell try to take the positive out of his demotion. "Just relax and be able to have fun playing the game and get that competitive edge back," he said. Andrew Albers, a native of North Battleford, Sask., is the leading candidate to be summoned to replace Diamond. The left-hander is 11-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 22 starts for Rochester. The Royals last won nine straight games when they opened the 2003 season at 9-0. The last time they won more in a row was a 10-game run in 1994, according to STATS research. The Twins were swept in a series for the eighth time this year. James Shields (6-7) gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings for the Royals, but against a team that hasnt hit for power, hasnt hit with runners in scoring position and hasnt been stealing bases, he was never really in trouble. "That was an ugly series. Those guys came in here, wanted it more than us and found out ways to win games," Gardenhire said. "And we didnt. Striking out too many times. Missing too many opportunities." In the field, too. Plouffe misplayed at third a potential double-play ball to load the bases in the second inning, and Mike Moustakas and Justin Maxwell drove runs in to get the Royals on the board. "Balls off the wall. Guys not going to pick it up. Standing there watching plays. Overthrowing cutoff men. Not acceptable," Gardenhire said. The manager had a meeting after the game to address the lethargic performance with his players. "I thought that was pretty ugly. Our fans dont deserve to watch that," Gardenhire said. NOTES: Twins GM Terry Ryan said OF Josh Willingham (left knee) will leave for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester this weekend. Willingham had surgery to repair a torn meniscus July 3 and said he hoped to be back with the Twins as soon as next weekend, when they have a series in Chicago against the White Sox. ... The Twins have three more games on this homestand, starting Friday with Houston. RHP Samuel Deduno (7-4, 3.18) will start the opener against the Astros, who have never been to Target Field. Air Force 1 Alte Just Do It . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Air Force 1 Basse Italia . Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday nights game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He has a phone hearing with the department of player safety, which limits any potential suspension to five or fewer games. http://www.airforce1outletitalia.it/scontate-sf-air-force-1-mid-bianche.html . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. Air Force 1 n7 .J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. Air Force 1 Mid Just Do It . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. Warriors rising star Tuimoala Lolohea says hes frustrated by coach Andrew McFaddens decision to leave him on the bench but has pledged his future to the club.The 21-year-old has been benched in two of the last three NRL matches and is set to start from the pine again on Saturday against the Raiders.Lolohea said he was upset to be outside the first 13 but respected McFaddens decision to overlook him.He thought it was right for the players on the field to stay on as they were doing a pretty good job, Lolohea said of last weeks golden-point loss to Manly, in which he did not enter the field until the start of extra time.Im loving it here at the club and I want to be here forever.ddddddddddddI see this as my home.McFadden told reporters on Wednesday that Lolohea was a special talent and his spell on the sidelines was just a bump in the road of his career.He said rumours linking Lolohea with a move to another club were well off the mark and merely speculation.Lolohea, who prefers to play in the halves, is likely to take on the Warriors five-eighth role when Thomas Leuluai returns to Wigan at the end of the year.Lolohea said the club would benefit in the long run from strong competition for places. ' ' 'ay.It is incredible the amount of big guys they have got that are in tremendous form at the moment.I think momentum is going to be the key for us.If we can limit the amount of quick play the balls and momentum they get particularly through their back five who I think are extremely underrated probably because of the forward pack they have got.ddddddddddddIf we can stop their back five momentum it just means that guys like Jase and big Jesse Bromwich arent coming off the back fence and are getting us one-on-one.Scott said his North Queensland teammate Taumalolo loomed as the key player for New Zealand.I did try and ask for a gentlemans agreement (not to run at me) before we left, I dont know how successful that was, Scott said.Big Jase had a tremendous year and he is one of many in the Kiwis side we are going to have to try and deal with.It will be a big team effort to contain these blokes and Jase is certainly an x-factor. ' ' '