White Sox blown out by the Royals in season opener


Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hits a home run off Jeff Samardzija in the bottom of the fifth inning in the White Sox opening day loss in Kansas City.

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KANSAS CITY - Opening days are all about optimism and for White Sox fans there was a lot of it.

New acquisitions and blossoming young talent had fans thinking about big things for the squad once October rolls around.

But on the sixth day of April hope was cooled a bit on a misty day in Kansas City.

New White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija was hit up for five runs in his first start for the team against the Royals and it only got worse after he left. The bullpen surrendered five more while the hitters were silent most of the game in an 10-1 loss at Kauffman Stadium Monday afternoon.

The defending American League champions scored runs in six of the nine innings and never trailed to open the season with a victory. Samardzija took the loss for the White Sox after allowing five earned runs on six hits.

Salvador Perez opened the scoring in the second inning with a double to right field that made it 1-0. Lorenzo Cain made it 2-0 with an RBI hit of his own and then he scored on a wild pitch by Samardzija to up the lead to three.

Mike Moustakas make it 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot but Jose Abreu countered with a seventh-inning blast to cut the lead to three.

But the bottom dropped out for the White Sox in the seventh. Alex Gordon's two-run single pushed the lead to 6-1 before Alex Rios delivered the big blow. The former White Sox outfield smacked a three-run homer off Kyle Drabek to put the game out of reach.

Eric Hosmer finished the scoring with an RBI single in the 8th off Drabek to make it 10-1 and cool some preseason enthusiasm for the Sox for at least a day.


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