A's to face KC in emotional home opener for Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The A's are at Kauffman Stadium for what will be an emotional home openerfor the Royals on Monday.

The Royals were shut out in their home opener for the first time since Bert Blyleven blanked them in 1971.

It has been 78 days since the tragic death of former Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, but perhaps the most poignant tribute, remembrance and celebration of life for the Dominican Republic Ace came at the Royals home opener Monday.

The simple wooden locker is where his good friend, Yordano Ventura, once dressed for games. It wasn't a bad outing, but A's youngster Jharel Cotton outdueled the veteran right-hander with seven shutout frames to grab the win in Kansas City's home opener.

Cotton (1-1) threw seven scoreless innings, walked three and struck out six, including the side in the fourth.

In the ninth against A's closer Sean Doolittle, Lorenzo Cain drew a walk and advanced to third on a hit by Salvador Perez, but Moss struck out to end the game.

Davis provided all the offence Oakland needed when he followed a leadoff single by Ryon Healy with his fourth homer of the year. The shot to right on a 3-0 pitch from Ian Kennedy (0-2) barely scraped the wall, but it gave Cotton the only help he needed a sun-splashed afternoon.

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Ventura's mother, Marisol Hernandez, took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, wearing her son's No. 30 jersey. The young pitcher, an instrumental part of back-to-back World Series trips, was killed in an off-season auto crash in the Dominican Republic. A's RHP Sonny Gray, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, threw a bullpen session and will face hitters Thursday before the game against the Royals.

Kansas City has scored one run or fewer in three of its five losses this season. After an off-day, A's RHP Andrew Triggs and Royals RHP Jason Hammel are the Wednesday starters.

  • Julie Sanders