Roy­als re­main un­beaten with 12-3 win over Twins

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T h e Kansas C i ty Roy­als be­came t h e only un­beaten team in Ma­jor League Base­ball as Danny Duffy pitched into the sev­enth in­ning and Kendrys Mo­rales home­red in a 12-3 romp over Min­nesota, spoil­ing the Twins’ home opener Mon­day.

The de­fend­ing Amer­i­can League cham­pi­ons im­proved to 7-0. It’s the sec­ond-best start in Kansas City’s his­tory, be­hind the 2003 club that won nine in a row to begin the sea­son.

Detroit, which had been the only other un­de­feated team in MLB, lost 5-4 at Pitts­burgh ear­lier in the day.

Duffy ( 1- 0) went 6 1/ 3 nings, giv­ing up three runs.

In other games, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers ral­lied for a 6-5 win over Seat­tle in 10 innings, Bos­ton beat Wash­ing­ton 9-4 in their home opener, the New York

in- Yan­kees beat Bal­ti­more 6-5 for their first win­ning streak of the sea­son, and Colorado spoiled San Fran­cisco’s World Se­ries cham­pi­onship cel­e­bra­tion with a 2-0 win.

Alex Guer­rero hit a bases­loaded sin­gle with two outs in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning, com­plet­ing the Dodgers come­back from a four-run deficit for a victory over the Mariners.

Yasiel Puig home­red and Howie Ken­drick had a ty­ing RBI sin­gle in the fifth for Los An­ge­les.

Nel­son Cruz hit two of Mariners’ four home runs Bran­don McCarthy.

Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer, jumped to take away a home run from Bryce Harper and stole two bases on the same pitch to lead Bos­ton to the win.

Rick Por­cello ( 1- 1) won his Fen­way Park de­but, al­low­ing four hits in eight innings. The Red Sox rolled to an 8-0 lead af­ter three innings against Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann (1-1).

Stephen Drew the off


a pinch-hit grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning for the Yan­kees.

Down 4-2, the Yan­kees loaded the bases with two outs be­fore Drew con­nected on a 3-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter (0-1). It was his sec­ond homer in two games and New York’s first pinch-hit slam since Jorge Posada did it in 2001 against the Ori­oles.

Ed­die But­ler out­pitched fel­low rookie Chris He­ston to lead Colorado to victory at the Gi­ants’ home opener.

Troy Tu­low­itzki hit an RBI sin­gle in the fourth in­ning against He­ston. But­ler ( 1- 0) tossed 5 1- 3 innings of five- hit ball, walk­ing six.

San Fran­cisco raised its third World Se­ries win­ning flag in five years be­fore the game.

In Pitts­burgh, Gerrit Cole shut down base­ball’s top- hit­ting team, al­low­ing one run in six­plus innings as Pitts­burgh beat Detroit.

The Tigers were try­ing to match the 7-0 start set by the 1984 club that went on to win the World Se­ries.

Cole (1-0) struck out eight and walked two while giv­ing up three hits in the Pi­rates’ home opener.

In Toronto, Jake Odorizzi pitched eight im­pres­sive innings and Tampa Bay scored on two bases-loaded walks by R.A. Dickey to beat the Blue Jays 2-1.

Odorizzi (2-0) al­lowed one run and two hits, im­prov­ing to 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four ca­reer starts against the Blue Jays.

Na­tional League Rookie of the Year Ja­cob deGrom and the New York Mets won their home opener, shut­ting down Philadel­phia 2-0. DeGrom (1-1) gave up seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Matt Garza over­came five walks to earn his first ca­reer win in St. Louis and Car­los Gomez had two hits and an RBI as Mil­wau­kee beat the Car­di­nals 5- 4.

Else­where, Oak­land beat Hous­ton 8-1, the Los An­ge­les An­gels de­feated Texas 6-3, the Chicago Cubs edged Cincin­nati 7-6 in 10 innings, At­lanta out­lasted Miami 3-2, and Ari­zona de­feated San Diego 8-4.


San Fran­cisco Gi­ants pitcher Madi­son Bum­gar­ner car­ries the 2014 San Fran­cisco Gi­ants World Se­ries ban­ner be­fore hand­ing it to team­mate Matt Cain in right cen­ter for the Gi­ants’ home-opener base­ball game against the Colorado Rock­ies in San Fran­cisco, on Mon­day, April 13.

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