(Sports Network) - Ervin Santana makes his Kansas City debut on Wednesday, as
the Royals try for their first win and even their three-game set against the
Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Santana, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this
offseason, is coming off a disappointing 2012 campaign that saw him go 9-13
with a 5.16 ERA over 30 starts. He got better as the year wore on and went 4-3
with a 3.63 ERA over the final two months of the regular season.
The 29-year-old righty had spent his entire eight-year career with the Angels
with his greatest accolade coming on July 27, 2011, when he tossed the eighth
no-hitter in team history against the Cleveland Indians.
Chicago, meanwhile, will turn to righty Jake Peavy, who at times last season
resembled the pitcher who won a National League Cy Young Award with the San
Diego Padres in 2007.
Peavy, an All-Star for the third time in his career a year ago, pitched over
200 innings for the first time since his award-winning campaign and went 11-12
with a 3.37 ERA and 194 strikeouts over 32 starts.
He was rewarded this offseason with a 2-year, $29 million contract.
Chicago started its season off on a winning note Monday, as Tyler Flowers
supplied the game's only run with a solo homer to lift the White Sox past the
Chris Sale, making his first career Opening Day start, pitched 7 2/3 innings
and struck out seven batters while walking one and allowing seven hits for the
"That was fun, it was exciting," Sale said. "It was everything I thought it
would be and more. I did a real good job of kind of collecting myself and not
getting too amped up too early or too late and it ended up being a pretty good
James Shields (0-1), who was acquired with Wade Davis from Tampa Bay this past
offseason, pitched well for Kansas City, allowing one run on eight hits.
Kansas City took the season series last year, going 12-6.
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