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Duffy Brilliantly Outduels Verlander in 2-1 Royals Win

Happy Duffy Day! Danny flirts with a no-no for five innings and shuts down the Tigers for a victory in Game One.

Leon Halip
Well that's more like it!

Danny Duffy showed shades of why some Royals fans get excited about him by dominating the Tigers in a 2-1 victory in Game One of the doubleheader. It looked like Danny's second start might go the way his first start of the year did when he walked Austin Jackson to lead off the game, then after a double play erased him, he walked Miguel Cabrera for his second walk of the inning. But he would escape the first, and would only walk three hitters the entire day.

Meanwhile, he confounded Tigers hitters, holding them hitless until the sixth when Miguel Cabrera singled with two outs. Duffy relied less on the strikeout today, with only three punchouts, and instead got eight groundball outs. He lasted six innings, gave up just one hit, and left with a 1-0 lead after a solo home run by Eric Hosmer.

New acquisitions Justin Maxwell and Emilio Bonifacio hit back-to-back-doubles in the seventh for an insurance run that the Royals would need after pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago homered off reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth. But Greg Holland would work around a walk to Prince Fielder by inducing a double play to end the threat and the game.

The Royals end a three game losing streak and we're back to winning baseball. I'm on a total yo-yo of emotion now. Every win means the season is over. Every win and I'm planning my seat for the Plaza Parade. I'm in a glass cage of emotion.