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CLEVELAND – Danny Duffy’s days of being bullied by the Indians are over. He strikes back.

Duffy, who went more than two years without a win over Cleveland, threw six innings with two hits to defeat a longtime enemy, and Whit Merrifield drove a homer and sacrifice fly in all of Kansas City’s runs, leading the royals over the Indians 3-0 on Monday.

Duffy (1-0) came into the game with 12 career losses against the Indians – his most against any team. But the left-hander was in control from the start and gave the Royals the best start to the young season.

“There’s a whole new Danny Duffy out there,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “It just looks like he’s on a mission.”

The Indians played their home opener in front of fans for the first time since 2019. The announced participation of 8,914 spectators – 30 percent of the ball park capacity was allowed – was a nice change from last season when the fans were unable to participate due to the COVID. 19 Pandemic and Health and Safety Protocols.

“Having people in the seats gives you that extra adrenaline rush,” said Merrifield, who bonded two runs on the second for a homer and added a prey fly on the seventh. “Even the boos were missed last year.”

Merrifield is the first Royals player to play homer three times in the first four games and his nine RBIs in the first four games are a club record.

Scott Barlow threw two perfect innings and Jesse Hahn put two in ninth before Royal’s first baseman Carlos Santana, who signed as a free agent with the club after ten seasons in Cleveland this winter, stopped diving at Eddie Rosario’s punch to start one double game.

“I’m trying to go over in my head how many first basemen in the league are doing this game, or maybe even trying to make this game,” said Matheny. “It was amazing how a game can steal the air from the opposition. We’re in a bad place right there if that ball comes through. It’s a groundbreaking defensive game. “

Hahn then pulled Franmil Reyes back on a tough comebacker who bounced off the right-handed to complete Kansas City’s three-hit shutout and get the save.

Duffy has won three of his last four starts against the Indians since losing eight straight times, and has scored 11 2/3 consecutive goalless innings in his last two games against Cleveland.

“Every year is a new year,” said Duffy. “I had a track where they had my number, especially in this place. I had a lot of things to find out, it just took a while. “

Merrifield joined up for his third homer in the second inning from Indian starter Logan Allen (0-1), who scored a 3-0 pitch on which Kansas City’s second baseman pounced.

A three-run deficit was too much for the Indians, who scored two runs or fewer in three of their first four games.

“We don’t string them together,” said Indian manager Terry Francona. “We hit some balls hard. And I never want to talk about our offense, because that’s not what we’re here for. But we have to string a few together. “

The last time Cleveland played in front of fans at Progressive Field was a 10-1 win over Philadelphia on September 22, 2019.

“It’s nice to have people in the stands, there’s no getting around that,” said Francona. “I’ll enjoy it more when we’re up front on the scoreboard. The closer we get to normal, the happier everyone is. Not just in baseball, but everywhere. “

NAME PROTEST

More than a dozen protesters gathered outside the stadium to express their displeasure at the Indians’ delay in changing their names. Cleveland owner Paul Dolan announced in December that the ball club would drop Indians, its name since 1915.

That’s not early enough for Native American groups who have classified the name as racist.

“It’s absolutely disappointing, disheartening, but not surprising,” said Jeff Pierce, president of People Not Mascots. “You have said for the past 30+ years that you will do what has never been done. I’ll believe it when I see it. “

ON THE OTHER HAND

It wasn’t long before Santana made a strong impression on the royals who signed him to a three-year $ 17.5 million deal.

“Just because a child changes uniforms doesn’t mean they’ll change their behavior or behaviors,” Francona said. “I sure can’t make him beat us, but we don’t like him any less because he wears a royals uniform.”

NEXT

After a day off, Cy Young winner Shane Bieber will make his second start into 2021 on Wednesday against the Royals, who have not yet announced a starter. Bieber finished 12th in his season debut in Detroit last week.

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