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Starling delivers win in opener of rookie league series

KANSAS CITY -- Bubba Starling's sacrifice fly scored Terrance Gore in the 12th inning to give the Burlington Royals a 3-2 victory over the Twins' Elizabethton team in Saturday night's opener of the best-of-three Rookie Appalachian League championship playoff.

Gore led off the 12th with a single, then sped from first to third on a sacrifice bunt to set up the winning run. Starling was the Royals' top Draft choice in 2011. Gore was a 20th-round pick the same year.

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KAN Full Game Coverage SAS CITY -- Bubba Starling's sacrifice fly scored Terrance Gore in the 12th inning to give the Burlington Royals a 3-2 victory over the Twins' Elizabethton team in Saturday night's opener of the best-of-three Rookie Appalachian League championship playoff.

Gore led off the 12th with a single, then sped from first to third on a sacrifice bunt to set up the winning run. Starling was the Royals' top Draft choice in 2011. Gore was a 20th-round pick the same year.

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