Royals Lose Season Opener to Angels, 0-5

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals opened the 2012 season with strong pitching, but couldn’t withstand the arms of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after losing 0-5 in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday night.

Royals lefty Bruce Chen pitched six innings and struck out four.

Angels ace Jered Weaver went eight innings, struck out ten, and gave up only four hits.

In the seventh inning, Royals reliever Aaron Crow struck out the side, including newly acquired Angels slugger Albert Pujols.

Crow’s eighth inning was less than stellar. Three base hits by the Angels loaded the bases before Crow was relieved by Greg Holland.

Angels shortstop Erick Aybar hit a three run RBI triple off Holland to give the Angels (1-0, 1-0 home) a 4-0 lead. Kansas City (0-1, 0-1 away) wouldn’t come back.

Aaron Crow (0-1) was credited with the loss.

Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will make his season debut today against Angels right-hander Dan Haren for game two in Anaheim.

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