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Duffy, Royals burned by HRs on Opening Day

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KANSAS CITY -- For three innings, all seemed right for left-hander Danny Duffy and the Royals, who staked him to a four-run lead on Thursday. But after striking out five through three scoreless innings, Duffy was roughed up for five runs in the fourth and the White Sox never looked back, cruising to a 14-7 win on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium.

Duffy went four innings and gave up seven hits and five runs. He threw 78 pitches.

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KANSAS CITY -- For three innings, all seemed right for left-hander Danny Duffy and the Royals, who staked him to a four-run lead on Thursday. But after striking out five through three scoreless innings, Duffy was roughed up for five runs in the fourth and the White Sox never looked back, cruising to a 14-7 win on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium.

Duffy went four innings and gave up seven hits and five runs. He threw 78 pitches.

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But the bigger question, obviously, is Duffy's health. Duffy left his last Spring Training start with shoulder tightness. But Duffy reported the shoulder was fine.

"It's all good," Duffy said. "I felt like I had a couple more innings in me. I obviously wanted to go back out there [in the fifth], but they were being cautious. I just didn't have it in that fourth inning.

Video: CWS@KC: Yost discusses Duffy's outing, 14-7 loss

"Any time you have a 4-0 lead with me on the mound, you think you get a win out of that. I'm better than that."

But the Royals were no match for the power of the White Sox, who tied an Opening Day record with six home runs -- three by Matt Davidson. Davidson became the fourth player to hit three homers on Opening Day.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Sox dig the long ball: A 4-0 deficit quickly turned into a 5-4 White Sox lead in the fourth courtesy of South Side power. Jose Abreu started the scoring with a two-run homer off Duffy and Davidson then gave the Sox their first back-to-back homers in franchise history on Opening Day to cut the lead to 4-3. Tim Anderson tied the game three batters later, before Yoan Moncada's double put Chicago in front to stay. More >

Video: CWS@KC: Duda launches his first Royals home run

Duda goes deep: First baseman Lucas Duda, who signed during Spring Training, belted a three-run home run in the first inning, becoming the first player to homer in his first at-bat with the Royals since Adam Moore in 2012. Duda hit a 2-0 cutter from Shields a projected 410 feet from the plate, according to Statcast™, into the right-center-field seats, giving Kansas City a 4-0 lead at the time. More >

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The only other team to hit six home runs on Opening Day was the 1988 Mets, who accomplished the feat against Montreal.

Video: CWS@KC: White Sox hit six homers on Opening Day

KELLER, HILL MAKE DEBUTS
Royals right-hander Brad Keller, a Rule 5 Draft acquisition, made his Major League debut in the sixth inning. Keller put the White Sox down in order, and he struck out one.

Left-hander Tim Hill also made his MLB debut in the seventh. Hill came on with one out and one on and hit the first batter he faced. He then got a weak groundout before exiting.

WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: Lucas Giolito makes his season debut in the middle game against the Royals at 6:15 p.m. CT on Saturday. The right-hander posted a 2.38 ERA over seven starts for the White Sox last season.

Royals: Right-hander Ian Kennedy will get the start against the White Sox on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. Kennedy went 5-13 with a 5.38 ERA in 2017. He posted a 7.65 ERA in four starts against the White Sox.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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