Royals Win Season-Opening Series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are World Series contenders, but that didn’t stop the Kansas City Royals from winning two out of three games to start the season in Anaheim, Calif. this weekend.

The Royals (2-1, 2-1 away) beat the Angels (1-2, 1-2 home) 7-3 on Sunday to win their first series of the season.

Royals lefty Jonathan Sanchez (1-0) got his first win as a Royal. Sanchez threw five innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four, and walked three.

Angels starter Ervin Santana (0-1) got the loss.

In the first inning, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler drilled his first home run of 2012, a two-run shot to center field that sailed over the glove of Angels CF Peter Bourjos.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer racked up his second home run of 2012. Hosmer couldn’t help but smile after his two run HR in the fifth gave the Royals a 5-2 lead.

Royals lefty Jose Mijares, Kelvin Herrera, and Aaron Crow all combined for clutch relief pitching in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.

The Royals bullpen went three innings, struck out three, walked one, and gave up one run on seven hits.

Royals closer Jonathan Broxton earned his first save as a Royal. Broxton put the hammer down in the ninth inning as he struck out the side, sealing a huge season-opening series win for Kansas City.

The Royals continue their West Coast trip tonight in Oakland, Calif. to take on the Oakland Athletics (1-3) and A’s general manager Billy Beane.

Royals starter Luis Mendoza is scheduled to start against A’s lefty Tom Milone.

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