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DETROIT -- If Brian Bannister were a lefty, people would call him crafty. Instead, he'll have to settle for effective.
"That's a very good lineup, and they are going to score a lot of runs, but I also know that they have a lot more expectations than we do," Bannister said. "That's why I wanted to put them under pressure early."
Bannister doesn't try for a lot of strikeouts, preferring to induce grounders and fly balls.
"I get criticized for the way I pitch, but I believe in it, and it's working," said Bannister, who went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA as a rookie last season.
Kansas City is 2-0 for the second time in 28 years. The Royals won their first nine games in 2003 en route to their only winning season since 1993.
"This isn't the time to get cocky," new manager Trey Hillman said. "Banny pitched very well today, and this is a nice start, but that's still a very good team and we've got to face them again tomorrow."
Detroit's high-paid attack has only scored four runs in 20 innings. The Tigers moved one runner into scoring position Wednesday and are hitting .191 with 19 strikeouts through two games.
"If we got shut out by someone who was hanging breaking balls and leaving pitches in the middle of the plate, I'd be concerned," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "But when a guy locates like he did today, that's the way it goes. You aren't going to wear out good pitching that locates. You've got to take advantage of mistakes, and we didn't do that."
Edgar Renteria had Detroit's only hits, all singles.
"He was always strike one on everybody, and when you do that, you get in a rhythm," said Gary Sheffield, who went 0-for-3. "Let's just hope that was the last shutout. We'll turn around."
"I haven't gone farther than this yet this spring, and the way our bullpen is throwing, I'm happy to hand the ball to those guys," Bannister said.
Kenny Rogers (0-1) dropped to 0-5 in nine starts since he beat Cleveland on July 4. He allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.
"I'm disappointed that I didn't hold us in there close enough, but all in all, those are the type of results you'll take every time out," he said. "Over the season, this is an outing that I'll win a few times."
Rogers matched Bannister for the first five innings, allowing only a pair of singles, but got into trouble in the sixth.
"The second run was not very good pitching," Rogers said. "It was a dumb pitch, and Butler crushed it."
"If you can keep scoring runs with two out, you'll be a pretty good ball club," Butler said. "Banny was so good today that when we finally got some runs, it seemed huge."
|Billy Butler enjoys watching the arc of his sixth-inning double. He finishes 2-for-4 with two RBI. (AP)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Joey Gathright, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.571|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.111|
|Jose Guillen, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||2||.125|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||2||2||0||0||2||.333|
|Mark Teahen, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.286|
|Ross Gload, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.286|
|John Buck, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.111|
|2B - Joey Gathright (1, Miner), Mark Grudzielanek (1, Rogers), Jose Guillen (1, Rogers), Billy Butler (1, Rogers)|
|RBI - Jose Guillen (1), Billy Butler 2 (2), Mark Teahen (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (1), Billy Butler 2 (2), Mark Teahen (1)|
|CS - Ross Gload (1, 2nd base by Bazardo/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Gordon-Grudzielanek-Gload, Pena-Grudzielanek-Gload|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Brian Bannister (W,1-0)||7||2||0||0||0||4||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 85-53, Leo Nunez 11-5, Joakim Soria 23-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 7-9, Leo Nunez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 22, Leo Nunez 3, Joakim Soria 4|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.444|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Carlos Guillen, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.429|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.125|
|Jacque Jones, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Brandon Inge, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.167|
|Outfield Assists - Brandon Inge 1|
|DP - Rodriguez-Polanco|
|Kenny Rogers (L,0-1)||6||5||2||2||1||4||0||3.00|
|WP - Kenny Rogers (1), Zach Miner (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 87-54, Zach Miner 34-18, Yorman Bazardo 11-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 9-5, Yorman Bazardo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 24, Zach Miner 9, Yorman Bazardo 3|
|Attendance - 32348|
|Game Time - 2:31|
|Temperature - 51|
|Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Welke|