Cotton dazzles as A's spoil Royals' home opener with 2-0 win

Rosalie Stanley
April 12, 2017

The Royals started their home opener on a somber note, honoring late pitcher Yordano Ventura. Cotton's first victory of the season spoiled Kansas City's home opener, as Oakland won 2-0.

Cotton, acquired in the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick deal with the Dodgers at the trade deadline a year ago, shut down the Royals with just two hits over seven innings in front of an Opening Day Kauffman Stadium crowd that wanted to be fired up but never got the chance. His only mistake was a 3-0 fat fastball to Davis, who took advantage of the wind blowing out to right to get it over the fence.

The Royals were shut out in their home opener for the first time since Bert Blyleven blanked them in 1971.

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OUR PICK: The Royals are 5-1 in Kennedy's last six starts when he faces a team with a losing record and are 4-0 in his last four outings when their opponent allows five runs or more in its previous game. Left-hander Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his first save. Royals RHP Peter Moylan pitched two flawless innings, extending his scoreless streak to seven. The game ended with Brandon Moss striking out.

Hosmer was the third Royals player to make it as far as second base, and none made it any farther against him as Kansas City batters went 0-for-6 with men in scoring position during his time on the mound. Oakland has committed an error in six straight games and lead the American League with nine fielding miscues. The young pitcher, an instrumental part of back-to-back World Series trips, was killed in an off-season vehicle crash in the Dominican Republic. His mother, Marisol Hernandez, threw out the ceremonial first pitch after a saxophonist standing on the mound played a rendition of "Amazing Grace". Victor Baez, the Royals' Dominican Academy coordinator and a father figure to Ventura, was in the Buck O'Neil seat.

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