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Ian Kennedy was stellar in his first start for Kansas City.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The first three innings were an offensive snore, but a pair of Kansas City home runs in the fourth sparked the offense as the Royals won 7-0 over the Minnesota Twins Saturday night.

In the fourth, the massacre started. Mike Moustakas stepped in against left-hander Tommy Milone, who is the type of pitcher—southpaw, soft-thrower—that historically gives Kansas City fits. Moustakas himself does not strike lefties well, but after working a deep count he golfed a pitch into the right field bullpen to open the scoring. Lorenzo Cain, coming off a miserable 0-for-4 where he struck out four times, decided that he liked the cut of Moustakas' jib, rocking away on a pitch of his own for back-to-back home runs.

With one out in the fifth, Salvador Perez walked. Infante then grounded sharply to the short stop, who couldn't get a handle on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, both runners were safe. Paulo Orlando then singled to load the bases. Alcides Escobar then hit a soft liner to Eduardo Escobar, who tried to double off Orlando at first. The throw got away from Joe Mauer, allowing Salvador Perez to score from third. Moustakas then singled to right to score Infante.

In the bottom of the sixth, My Role Darkness went yard for the first time, extending the lead to 5-0. Perez doubled and scored on a Paulo Orlando single, who came around to score on Escobar's triple.

Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy was putting in body shots all night long. He went 6.2 innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. It was a stellar way to open the season for Kennedy, whose first start was pushed back due to cramps in his hamstring earlier this week.

Things got chippy in the eighth, as apparently Glen Perkins took offense to Paulo Orlando getting hits against his teammates. He threw the first pitch of the at-bat behind the journeyman outfielder, sending a statement that the 0-5 Twins are here to fight tooth and nail, particularly against thirty year-old guys with 255 career plate appearances.

Danny Duffy pitched 1.1 innings, yielding two hits and recording one strikeout.Chien-Ming Wang made his Kansas City debut in the ninth, yielding a walk, picking up a strikeout, and throwing a lot of sinkers, as he is wont to do.

Tomorrow, Edinson Volquez (1-0. 0.00 ERA) faces off against Ricky Nolasco, who will be making his first start of the year. Kansas City will go for the sweep as Minnesota attempts to win their first game of the year.