Starting pticher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the Opening Day game at U.S. Cellular Field on April 1, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Royals 1-0.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.
A dominant performance by Sale and Flowers' drive leading off the fifth against Shields were just enough to beat a team that's trying to make a big jump after finishing with a losing record 17 of the past 18 seasons. It also gave the White Sox a rare win over the Royals, who took 12 of 18 from them a year ago.
Sale (1-0) showed the form that made him a 17-game winner and an All-Star in his first season as a starter. On a chilly day when the game-time temperature was 44, he allowed just seven hits and struck out seven while walking one, and he left to a standing ovation after Alcides Escobar's single with two outs in the eighth.
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