Bieber strikes out 14 as Indians blank Royals 2-0 in opener

Shane Bieber
Posted at 9:35 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 22:35:14-04

CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber dominated Kansas City's hitters, striking out 14 in six innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Royals 2-0 in their delayed home opener.

Bieber has become Cleveland's ace in no time. The 25-year-old began last season as the club's No. 5 stater but appears ready to take over as the staff leader after two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was traded last winter.

Oscar Mercado and César Hernández drove in runs for the Indians.

Cleveland's players wore their blue road jerseys to make a statement for minorities as the Indians consider changing their name after 105 years.

Right-hander Tyler Zuber made his big league debut. He pitched two scoreless innings, the seventh and eighth, working around a walk with no hits allowed.