KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One week ago, Kauffman Stadium was filled with boos intended to support the Royals' hometown guy. On Monday night, the hometown guy was the recipient.
Jonathan Sanchez allowed the first five Seattle batters he faced to score and gave up seven runs before getting yanked in the second inning. The Mariners took advantage of the rare offensive outburst and cruised to a 9-4 victory over Kansas City in their series opener.
"I just got hit around," said Sanchez, who has become the biggest target for vitriolic fans who see a season that began with such promise quickly slipping away.
They voiced their displeasure as Sanchez trudged off the mound. The wave of boos that they cast forth from the stands was eerily similar to the sounds directed at Yankees slugger Robinson Cano during last Monday night's Home Run Derby, when Kansas City fans were filled with angst over his decision not to select a Royals player for his American League lineup.
The fans booed that night...