On a clear day they could see 2nd place. Indeed, the Royals start the season today firmly in second place, a half-game ahead of the last place Indians. The Royals will turn to Scott Elarton (11-9, 4.61 ERA in '05) against the thoroughly evil Kenny Rogers for Detroit.
Buddisimo announced yesterday that Mientkiewicz and Teahen will both start against the left-handed Rogers, in part because of the special considerations of Opening Day. Hmm... making salutory gestures to two below-average players, nice. Your team, your town.
Last season the Royals went 9-10 against the Tigers, their best intra-division mark, and one of their better performances against any American League team. Only their 3-3 record against the Yankees was better, aside from a random 3-0 sweep of the Dodgers in interleague play.
Needless to say, these teams don't like each other very much.
In Buddisimo We Trust
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