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Royals, Santana Win the Home Opener


-Royals (4-3) win in the home opener, topping the Twins 3-1.

-Ervin Santana made his second start of the season, and things didn't look great early. The righty struck out the lead-off hitter, but allowed four singles to the next five hitters. Minnesota was looking for fastballs, and when they got them, did a great job of not over-swinging. Joe Mauer scored on a one-out single from Ryan Doumit. 1-0 Twins.

-Doumit made a critical base-running mistake in the first inning. After Doumit's RBI single, Tyler Plouffe laced a single to left field, but as Doumit rounded second and headed for third, Justin Moreneau was held at third, leaving Doumit in no man's land. It would have been bases loaded with two out, but instead it ended the inning. It was a key mistake because Santana got into a groove after the first, so if Minnesota was going to get to him, it had to be there.

-Santana set the next nine hitters down in order, and gave the team just what it needed with Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland likely unavailable. Santana's final line was 8 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts. 

-The Royals offense managed only five hits through the first seven innings, but came alive in the eighth. 

-The 8th inning was started with a lead-off double from Lorenzo Cain (2-for-3). Chris Getz (0-for-2) followed with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, moving Cain to the third. Alex Gordon (1-for-4) continued his tremendous start by putting a beautiful swing on Twins starter Kevin Correia's 0-1 offering, smacking it over an infield that was playing in, good for an RBI single. 1-1.

-Alcides Escobar (1-for-4) delivered on a hit-and-run with a perfect first pitch knock to the right side. Gordon would come all the way from first to score, and Escobar was on with a one out double. Billy Butler (1-for-3) knocked in his 9th RBI of the season by plating Escobar with a single to right field. 3-1 Royals.

-Aaron Crow closed the door in the ninth. He struck out Plouffe, walked Chris Parmelee, but induced a game-ending 5-4-3 double play to post the Royals fourth win in the last five games.



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People : Aaron CrowAlex GordonBilly ButlerChris GetzChris ParmeleeErvin SantanaGreg HollandJoe MauerJustin MoreneauKelvin HerreraKevin CorreiaLorenzo CainRyan DoumitTyler Plouffe




 
04/08/2013 7:20PM
Royals, Santana Win the Home Opener
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