Found April 07, 2012 on
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Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Friday night's Royals-Angels game in Anaheim, Calif., turned out to be Exhibit A of why you should almost never trust spring-training numbers.
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen, beaten and battered by opponents most of spring training, completely baffled the Angels through six dominant innings.
The Royals' offense, so powerful and productive throughout spring training, was no match for Angels ace Jered Weaver, who flipped eight shutout innings and struck out 10.
And in the end, the Royals' bullpen, purported to be the team's strength this season, caved in during a five-run Angels' eighth inning, keyed by Erick Aybar's three-run triple off Greg Holland.
The Angels went on to roll 5-0 in each team's season opener.
Yet if there was a bright spot for the Royals, the youngest team in the major leagues, it came from their oldest player the 34-year-old Chen.
Though Chen has been the team's top pitcher the past two years and was named the Royals' pitch...
BEST OF MAXIM
The 2012 season has begun for the Kansas City Royals, and the season began with a thud, rather than cheers and whistles.
Tied 0-0 as Bruce Chen left the game after the 6th inning, the Royals lost the season opener 5-0.
The Royals Bullpen
Bruce Chen threw a wonderful game. The bullpen, however, did not. Aaron Crow entered a fresh set in the 7th and proceeded to strike...
With the Royals first game of the season today, here is five things to look for against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
1. How well does Albert Pujols play for his new team?
The former Cardinals slugger signed a 10 year, 240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels back in late 2011. Albert Pujols has a lot to live up to with a contract that big. So far he is tearing up spring...
Albert Pujols is hitless (in large part due to the mastery of China-manian Bruce Chen) as an Angel and the St. Louis Cardinals are undefeated without their former MVP slugger.
This is the worst possible start to the season for those that are envious of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball franchise (see Cub fans), and the best possible outcome for goober* Cardinal enthusiast that...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jered Weaver struck out 10 in eight dominant innings of four-hit ball, Peter Bourjos' bases-loaded infield single broke open a scoreless game in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels won Albert Pujols' hitless debut, 5-0 over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Erick Aybar put a bases-loaded triple down the right field line moments after...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals got solo homers from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas against Dan Haren in a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Albert Pujols got his first hit with Los Angeles, a double in the fourth.
Hochevar (1-0) was charged with two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings...
You could see this one coming from a mile away, what with the glow of the Angels' Opening Day win shining brightly. After last night, I would have bet money the Royals were going to come out and do what they could to win. And even though I believe Dan Haren will have a great year, it was apparent from the outset that he didn't have it today. Couple that with the fact that...
Austin Wood (#30 prospect on the MWAH/LAAI Top Prospect List) looks like he’s going to be jumping up the prospect lists pretty soon. His fastball was sitting 97-98, his delivery is extremely smooth, it’s an EFFORTLESS 97-98. His slider is absolutely lethal, reminds me a lot of Jepsen’s. He loses his release point often though, and when that happens he’s dangerously...
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs in a 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The four hits lifted his season’s batting average to .714 (5-for-7). Some victories are not just won on the scoreboard, though. Morales’ victory is finally being back on the field and producing.
Line: 4 AB | 2 R | 4 H | 0 RBI; 2B
My fantasy perspective...
There is a lot of hoople and hyperbole that surrounds Opening Day that, by the third inning, usually fades into the background. Players feed off the initial adrenaline before collapsing back into the routine of the game. Tonight this effect was on full display. Some things were new. Albert Pujols got a huge ovation then went out and put up an 0-3 with an intentional walk. Vernon...
10pm - Los Angeles Angels (J. Weaver) -220 over Kansas City Royals (B. Chen)