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Royals Don’t “Open”, but could be closers
Opening days haven’t been good for the Kansas City Royals, who have lost their last five.
Monday’s 1-0 loss to the White Sox was their second straight shutout to open a season, last year falling 5-0 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
For starter James Shields (0-1), it was his first April loss since April 2, 2011 against Baltimore while a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
But this Royals team is coming off a franchise-best 25-7 spring training–also the best record in the majors this spring.
“We’ll find out if it carries over,” manager Ned Yost said. “We had a very, very good spring training. We pitched very well. We swung the bats very well. We played good defense. We’re a talented team.
“Defensively, we’re very athletic. We can catch the ball. We can turn two. We can run it down in the outfield and throw guys out.
In the infield, we’ve got guys with range and sure hands.
“The starting rotation is very, very solid. Our bullpen is dynamic and we swing the bats well.
“When you’ve got talent, that always carries over.”