Royals continue to roll, as they rout Minnesota

The KC Royals are now 7-0, as they battered Minnesota in the Twins home opener by a 12-3 score.

The Royals are now the ONLY undefeated team left in Major League Baseball. Right before the Royals kicked off their game in Minnesota, Detroit lost in Pittsburgh.

DH Kendrys Morales at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

DH Kendrys Morales at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals now have a home run and a hit batter in each of their first seven games. Today, Kendrys Morales tied the game in the 2nd inning with a solo homer. In the Royals six-run 8th inning, both Alex Gordon and Alex Rios were hit by pitches.

Gordon, who was also intentionally walked, is now hitting just .063. He was hit by Brian Duensing, who was in his wedding. Rios was hit by rookie JR Graham and left the game with a bruised left hand.

Jarrod Dyson made his season debut and singled in his only at-bat. He also scored a run.

The Royals offense was once again clicking (13 hits), but they were also helped out by some shaky defense by the Twins (two errors and a passed ball). Five Royals had multi-hit games: Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Morales, and Salvador Perez. Esky and Hosmer each had two RBIs.

Lorenzo Cain celebrated his 29th birthday by going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Danny Duffy allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. He was pulled one out after allowing a solo home run to Brian Dozier in the seventh.

Ryan Madson made his second appearance of the season and threw 1.2 scoreless innings. He entered in the seventh and struck out both batters he faced. In the eighth, Madson allowed a single, but struck out Dozier and got Joe Mauer to ground into an inning ending double play. Madson threw 25 pitches, 19 for strikes.

Franklin Morales made his first appearance of the season and it was perfect. He threw just 11 pitches.

 

The Royals will enjoy their Tuesday off, before continuing their series at Target Field. Edinson Volquez will get the start in that game against Kyle Gibson.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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