Danny Duffy provided the clearest evidence yet with a masterful outing Friday afternoon that he just might evolve into the sort of dominant homegrown starting pitcher the Royals have long desired.
Duffy worked six scoreless innings in outpitching long-time Royals nemesis Justin Verlander in a 2-1 victory on the first game of a day/night doubleheader at Comerica Park.
“He’s handed me four of my losses in my career” Duffy said. “That was in the back of my mind too. It was definitely nice. That was a huge win for us. Now I’m excited to see (James) Shields do his thing this next game.”
Shields responded with seven shutout innings as the Royals completed a sweep with a 3-0 victory. It marked the first time since 1984 that the Royals won two games on the same day in Detroit.
Just what the Royals needed after losing their three previous games.
Duffy’s victory came in his second big-league start since returning from Tommy John surgery to replace a torn elbow ligament.
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