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Crown points

• The Royals' home opener tomorrow will begin a year-long celebration of 40 years of baseball at Kauffman Stadium, which was known as Royals Stadium when the park opened in 1973. The Royals are 1,648-1,521 at home in their history.

• Friday's run of crooked numbers from the fifth through the ninth innings was one of historical proportion according to the folks at the Elias Sports Bureau. The Royals became just the third team in Major League history to be held scoreless through the game's first four innings and then record at least two runs in each of the next five innings. The only other teams ever were the 1896 Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the 1930 Chicago Cubs.

• The Royals entered Sunday one of only four teams in the majors without an error (Boston, Detroit and Tampa Bay are the others). The Royals handled 168 chances without error in the five games -- the first time in franchise history they've gone the first five games of a season without an error.

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