Junis impressive as Royals beat Tigers 1-0 for 1st win

DETROIT (AP) With another postponement looming as a possibility, Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals breezed to their first victory of the season.

Junis took a shutout into the eighth inning, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday. On a chilly, rainy day - with snow a possibility on Wednesday - Kansas City and Detroit played nine innings in 2 hours, 17 minutes.

The Royals were the last team in the American League to earn their first win. They already had one game called off because of the weather, on Sunday at home against the White Sox. This one had the potential to be dicey, but although some light rain had fans leaving the lower bowl of seats in the third inning, there were no delays.

''At the beginning, the wind was blowing right in my face, but that kind of helped me out a little bit, to get some more movement on my pitches,'' Junis said. ''Later in the game it still wasn't great, but at least the wind had died down a little bit. I pitched in a lot of that type of stuff back in high school, being from Illinois.''

The temperature at game time was 40 degrees.

''Those conditions out there are miserable for everybody,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''When it's misty like that it helps you a little bit, because you get a little bit of moisture on your fingers. When it's super ice cold, the ball feels like you're throwing an ice cube.''

Jorge Soler, who still doesn't have a major league hit since July 2, drove in the game's only run with a sacrifice fly in the second.

Junis (1-0) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings . The 25-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out six before being lifted following Mikie Mahtook's leadoff single in the eighth.

Justin Grimm finished the inning, and Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a perfect ninth for his first save.

Matthew Boyd (0-1) was sharp for the Tigers, allowing a run and four hits in six innings. A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Boyd said he, too, has some experience with conditions like this.

''I think I had an advantage, because I grew up pitching in weather like this,'' he said. ''In my opinion, it is much easier to pitch in this weather than to hit in it.''

The only run came after Cheslor Cuthbert led off the second and let go of the bat while swinging. The result was a flare that dropped over first baseman Miguel Cabrera and bounced down the line. By the time Cabrera retrieved the ball, Cuthbert had a double. He went to third on a flyout and scored on Soler's flyball.

Soler went 0 for 2 and is hitless in his last 31 at-bats in the majors.

Cabrera struck out with two on in the third, and the Tigers missed a scoring chance in the fourth when James McCann hit what looked at first like a clean line drive up the middle. Second baseman Whit Merrifield was shifted over, however, and made the diving catch - then doubled Nicholas Castellanos off first .

SMOOTH

Detroit SS Jose Iglesias made a diving stop on Cuthbert's grounder in the ninth, the start of a nifty 6-4-3 double play that helped the Tigers stay within a run.

''That's a great play, especially in this weather,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It's wet, so the ball is skipping on you, and then you've got to make a toss without a dry grip.''

ZIMMER'S STATUS

The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on RHP Kyle Zimmer, who was designated for assignment March 29.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda sat out after leaving Monday's game with right hamstring tightness.

Tigers: Gardenhire said RHP Mike Fiers (lumbar strain) felt good after throwing around 80 pitches Monday at the team's spring training facility in Florida.

UP NEXT

Detroit's Daniel Norris faces Kansas City's Danny Duffy (0-1) on Wednesday, weather permitting.

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  • W: J. Junis (1-0)L: M. Boyd (0-1)S: K. Herrera (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay DH30100101.267.389.267.6562.0
W. Merrifield 2B40100002.188.278.188.4651.0
M. Moustakas 3B40100002.250.294.438.7321.0
C. Cuthbert 1B41100003.400.462.500.9623.0
P. Orlando CF40000001.083.083.083.1670.0
J. Soler RF20010000.000.182.000.1821.0
A. Gordon LF30000010.143.143.214.357-0.5
A. Escobar SS30100020.231.286.462.7470.0
C. Gallagher C30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000022.176.300.235.535-1.0
    J. Candelario 3B40100020.190.320.333.6530.0
    M. Cabrera 1B40000012.286.375.571.946-0.5
    N. Castellanos RF40000020.333.417.571.988-1.0
    V. Martinez DH30100001.214.200.286.4861.0
    J. McCann C30000002.250.333.313.6460.0
    M. Mahtook LF30100011.167.250.222.4720.5
    J. Iglesias SS30000001.063.118.125.2430.0
    D. Machado 2B20000101.250.286.400.6861.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cuthbert
      • SF - J. Soler
      • RBI - J. Soler
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Moustakas
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 1-0)7.03001600.000.5730.0
      J. Grimm (H, 2)1.00000003.860.863.0
      K. Herrera (S, 1)1.00000200.000.4311.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 1-0)7.0
      J. Grimm (H, 2)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (L, 0-1)6.04110101.500.6711.5
      A. Wilson1.20000205.060.944.0
      D. Stumpf0.11001000.001.50-2.0
      D. VerHagen1.00000006.000.673.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (L, 0-1)6.0
      A. Wilson1.2
      D. Stumpf0.1
      D. VerHagen1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 87-62, J. Grimm 6-4, K. Herrera 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-8, J. Grimm 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, J. Grimm 3, K. Herrera 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 88-56, A. Wilson 18-13, D. Stumpf 10-5, D. VerHagen 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 2-15, A. Wilson 2-1, D. VerHagen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 22, A. Wilson 5, D. Stumpf 3, D. VerHagen 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay DH30100101.267.389.267.6562.0
      W. Merrifield 2B40100002.188.278.188.4651.0
      M. Moustakas 3B40100002.250.294.438.7321.0
      C. Cuthbert 1B41100003.400.462.500.9623.0
      P. Orlando CF40000001.083.083.083.1670.0
      J. Soler RF20010000.000.182.000.1821.0
      A. Gordon LF30000010.143.143.214.357-0.5
      A. Escobar SS30100020.231.286.462.7470.0
      C. Gallagher C30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF40000022.176.300.235.535-1.0
        J. Candelario 3B40100020.190.320.333.6530.0
        M. Cabrera 1B40000012.286.375.571.946-0.5
        N. Castellanos RF40000020.333.417.571.988-1.0
        V. Martinez DH30100001.214.200.286.4861.0
        J. McCann C30000002.250.333.313.6460.0
        M. Mahtook LF30100011.167.250.222.4720.5
        J. Iglesias SS30000001.063.118.125.2430.0
        D. Machado 2B20000101.250.286.400.6861.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Cuthbert
          • SF - J. Soler
          • RBI - J. Soler
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Moustakas
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 1-0)7.03001600.000.5730.0
          J. Grimm (H, 2)1.00000003.860.863.0
          K. Herrera (S, 1)1.00000200.000.4311.0
          Total9.0300180---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 1-0)7.0
          J. Grimm (H, 2)1.0
          K. Herrera (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (L, 0-1)6.04110101.500.6711.5
          A. Wilson1.20000205.060.944.0
          D. Stumpf0.11001000.001.50-2.0
          D. VerHagen1.00000006.000.673.0
          Total9.0511130---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (L, 0-1)6.0
          A. Wilson1.2
          D. Stumpf0.1
          D. VerHagen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 87-62, J. Grimm 6-4, K. Herrera 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-8, J. Grimm 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, J. Grimm 3, K. Herrera 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 88-56, A. Wilson 18-13, D. Stumpf 10-5, D. VerHagen 6-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 2-15, A. Wilson 2-1, D. VerHagen 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 22, A. Wilson 5, D. Stumpf 3, D. VerHagen 2
          • 2ND INNING
            Soler hit sacrifice fly to left, Cuthbert scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. Stumpf Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas singled to center
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • P. Orlando: Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Justin Grimm
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Candelario struck out on foul tip
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera lined out to right
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Wilson Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher flied out to center
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook singled to center
            • Justin Grimm relieved Jake Junis
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias flied out to left
            • D. Machado: Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop, Mahtook to second
            • L. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Martin flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Alex Wilson relieved Matthew Boyd
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to center
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallagher flied out to right
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Jay singled to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop, Jay to second
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas fouled out to right
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Martin popped out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias flied out to left
            • D. Machado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Machado grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas fouled out to first
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to shallow center
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error
            • V. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann lined into double play second to first, Castellanos out at first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to right center
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gallagher flied out to deep center
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jay popped out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to center
            • D. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
            • L. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Candelario singled to right center, Machado to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert doubled to shallow right
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Orlando lined out to center, Cuthbert to third
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler hit sacrifice fly to left, Cuthbert scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Castellanos struck out on foul tip
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to right center
            • J. McCann: McCann fouled out to first
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mahtook popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay lined out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to first
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)