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• The 2013 season opener on April 1 at Chicago will be the seventh against the White Sox. Two others were in Chicago, 1976 and 2009. The Sox opened in Kansas City in 1972, '87, 2003 and '04.

• The Fox Sports Kansas City telecast on Tuesday night set a September record with a 5.2 household rating in KC. TV ratings are up 12 percent this year, according to the club.

• Will Smith, in Tuesday night's 9-1 victory, became the first Royals rookie to have at least seven shutout innings with at least seven strikeouts in a start since Kevin Appier shut out the Red Sox with 10 K's on July 20, 1990.

• The 2013 season opener on April 1 at Chicago will be the seventh against the White Sox. Two others were in Chicago, 1976 and 2009. The Sox opened in Kansas City in 1972, '87, 2003 and '04.

• The Fox Sports Kansas City telecast on Tuesday night set a September record with a 5.2 household rating in KC. TV ratings are up 12 percent this year, according to the club.

• Will Smith, in Tuesday night's 9-1 victory, became the first Royals rookie to have at least seven shutout innings with at least seven strikeouts in a start since Kevin Appier shut out the Red Sox with 10 K's on July 20, 1990.