White Sox edge Royals in pitching duel

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Updated: April 1, 2013

Tyler Flowers supplied the game’s only run with
a solo homer in the fifth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox past fellow
American League Central foe Kansas City, 1-0, in the 2013 opener for both
squads.

Chris Sale, making his first career Opening Day start, pitched 7 2/3 innings
and struck out seven batters while walking one and allowing seven hits
for the White Sox, who finished second in the division with an 85-77 record.

Sale (1-0) broke out in 2012 with a 17-8 record to go along with a 3.05 ERA
while making his first All-Star appearance. Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez each
had two hits in the victory.

James Shields (0-1), who was acquired with Wade Davis from Tampa Bay
this past offseason, pitched well for Kansas City, allowing one run on eight
hits.

The Royals are once again looking to make a push with young talent. Alcides
Escobar and Jeff Francoeur each supplied two hits in the setback.

Kansas City went 72-90 last season.

Flowers led off the fifth inning with a shot to left-center field on a 2-2
pitch. The Chicago weather, and a solid pitching effort, helped the White Sox
control the contest from there.

The Royals didn’t threaten until the eighth as Escobar singled with two outs.
Nate Jones then came in to replace Sale, but Escobar stole second and Billy
Butler worked a walk. Escobar took third on a wild pitch.

Matt Thornton came in to relieve Jones and did his job, striking out Mike
Moustakas to end the inning.

Addison Reed worked the ninth to pick up the save.

Game Notes

Kansas City took the season series last year, going 12-6 … Sale threw 104
pitches, 72 for strikes … Chicago had eight hits, one more than Kansas City.