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The Royals pitchers did not cooperate, and the Tigers failed to launch.
Zack Greinke continued Kansas City's outstanding pitching, allowing one run in seven innings as the Royals finished off a season-opening sweep with a 4-1 win on Thursday.
The Tigers and their $138.7 million payroll managed five runs in the series, including just one in the final 21 innings.
"We stunk," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We look like we're just going up there and giving at-bats away without any purpose. The manager's responsible for the preparation and the performance of the club, and right now, we don't look very prepared.
"We just look like dead."
Detroit is hitting .206 with 24 strikeouts in three games.
"That's not going to happen too many times to that team," Greinke said. "They might not have another stretch like that all year."
Kansas City is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first nine games in 2003. Last year, the Royals didn't win a series until their sixth try, when they took two of three against Minnesota from April 20-22.
"Obviously, we're very pleased by this -- especially with our pitching," rookie manager Trey Hillman said. "It's nice to come in here and play this well against a team like that."
"We know that Detroit's going to be very good, so we're going to celebrate this sweep," Gordon said. "Hopefully, we can go to Minnesota and do the same thing."
As a highly touted rookie last season, Gordon didn't hit his second home run until April 21.
"We all know that he's got that power in him," Hillman said. "It's nice to see it coming out in the first series of the year."
The Tigers lost their first three games for the first time since 2003, when they began 0-9 and finished with an AL-record 119 losses.
"It's early, but you still care about it," said Placido Polanco, who is 1-for-14. "We're not hitting, and if you don't score runs, you don't win. You worry when you don't win games."
Already missing Curtis Granderson because of a broken hand, the Tigers played without Miguel Cabrera, who is day to day with a quadriceps strain, then saw designated hitter Gary Sheffield tear a tendon in his left ring finger on a play at second in the eighth inning.
"He would have not been able to hit if we came around to him in the ninth," Leyland said. "I don't know how serious it was, but he couldn't bend it."
Brandon Inge ended Detroit's 18-inning scoreless streak with a solo homer in the seventh.
Jeremy Bonderman (0-1) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had been 5-0 in eight previous starts against Kansas City dating to April 2006.
"I threw the ball, but I made two mistakes and they punished me," he said.
Detroit had runners in four of the first five innings, but couldn't get anyone past second base.
Teahen made it 3-0 with a two-out homer in the sixth. Magglio Ordonez led off the bottom half with a long double to center, but Greinke got infield popups from Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez before Edgar Renteria grounded out.
Jose Guillen had an RBI single in the seventh. Rodriguez struck out to end the eighth with a runner on third.
|Zack Greinke allows just one run in seven innings as K.C. starts 3-0 for the first time since '03. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Joey Gathright, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.231|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.214|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||0||1||1||1||1||1||.167|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.308|
|Mark Teahen, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||3||.364|
|Ross Gload, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.364|
|John Buck, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.167|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.077|
|HR - Alex Gordon (2, Bonderman), Mark Teahen (1, Bonderman)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (4), Jose Guillen (2), Mark Teahen (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (2), Mark Teahen (2)|
|SB - Joey Gathright (1, 2nd base off Lopez/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Mark Teahen 1|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (W,1-0)||7||6||1||1||2||3||1||1.29|
|Ramon Ramirez (H,1)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Joakim Soria (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|WP - Zack Greinke (1), Ramon Ramirez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 99-60, Ramon Ramirez 15-10, Joakim Soria 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 5-13, Joakim Soria 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 29, Ramon Ramirez 4, Joakim Soria 3|
|Clete Thomas, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.400|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.071|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.143|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Carlos Guillen, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.455|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.083|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.308|
|Marcus Thames, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.333|
|2B - Magglio Ordonez (2, Greinke), Carlos Guillen (2, Ramirez)|
|HR - Brandon Inge (1, Greinke)|
|RBI - Brandon Inge (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Jeremy Bonderman (L,0-1)||6.1||8||4||4||2||1||2||5.68|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 89-53, Bobby Seay 2-1, Aquilino Lopez 35-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 11-7, Aquilino Lopez 2-4|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 29, Bobby Seay 1, Aquilino Lopez 10|
|Attendance - 32735|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether|