(AP) -- Mike Pelfrey had a splendid debut for the Minnesota Twins while winning his first start since Tommy John surgery. Jeremy Guthrie was just as strong in his first outing this season for the Kansas City Royals.
The right-handers will try to build on those efforts as their teams continue a three-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday night.
Pelfrey made three starts for the New York Mets in 2012 before elbow problems cut short his season. He underwent surgery May 1 and showed few problems in his return to the mound Thursday against Detroit.
Pelfrey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) allowed two unearned runs, five hits and two walks over 5 1-3 innings of an 8-2 victory.
"If I was a crier, I probably would've cried. But I don't do that too much. I was pretty proud, walking out there," Pelfrey said. "This is my reward for busting my butt."
Guthrie (1-0, 1.50) didn't have as many issues with health as Pelfrey in 2012, only spending one three-week stint on the disabled list for shoulder problems, ...