Royals fall to Sox 1-0 in season opener
CHICAGO — All went well for the Royals in their 2013 regular season opener against the White Sox in Chicago with two exceptions: They didn’t get anywhere near enough offense, and newly acquired pitcher James Shields made one mistake on one pitch that allowed the White Sox to secure a 1-0 win.
After pitching 4 innings of scoreless baseball, Shields left a change-up too high in the strike zone to 5th inning lead off man Tyler Flowers, and that was enough to give the White Sox the win.
Shields, acquired in an off-season trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, surrendered 8 hits through his 6 full innings of work, but just the one run. Shields, (0-1), was the loser, while White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (1-0) picked up the opening day win.
The series takes a day off on Tuesday, but resumes on Wednesday with Ervin Santana getting the start for the Royals, and Jake Peavy set to go for the White Sox.
All three games in the season opening series will be played in the afternoon.
The Royals then move on to Philadelphia and open interleague play against the Phillies before they return home next Monday and host the Minnesota Twins in their home opener at Kauffman Stadium.