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Danny Duffy perfect through Seven Innings, Royals win 1-0

The story of the game is pretty much Danny Duffy taking a perfect game into the 7th inning. Billy Butler hit a two-out single to drive in Norichika Aoki from second base after his leadoff single and stolen base in the first inning. Duffy made the single run stand up after locking up in a pitcher’s duel with Baltimore’s Bud Norris in Kansas City’s 1-0 win Saturday afternoon.

With Bruce Chen due back from the disabled list, Duffy might have just seized a role in the Royals rotation with his performance. Duffy’s problem has always been his command and he showed yet again how far he has come by allowing no walks, and only two hits, on Saturday. At this point, the Royals cannot deny Duffy’s clear talent.

The victory evens up the Royals record at 21-21 on the season, allowing Kansas City to remain 7 games behind Detroit in the Central.

On the Mound

Duffy, Duffy, and more Duffy. Danny boy looked destined for a no-hitter until Adam Jones broke up his gem in the 7th. Still, Duffy went 7.0 strong innings giving up 2 hits, 0 walks, no earned runs with 2 strikeouts. Duffy improvd his record to 2-3, wih a 1.42 ERA.

Wade Davis came on to pitch a clean 8th inning with 2 strikeouts.

Greg Holland struck out the side in the 9th, along with allowing a single, to earn his 11th save.

At the Plate

Aside from Aoki’s single, stolen base, and Butler’s two-out RBI, there really wasn’t much to tell.

Aoki finished the day 2-4 with two singles and the game’s only run. Mike Moustakas had the only other hit in a game without any extra-base hits from either team.

This and That

The  game featured 7 total hits, 1 walk, and no extra base hits by both teams combined. Yet, the starting pitchers only struck out 3 batters.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Danny Duffy is the clear choice. A two-hit shutout will pretty much get a starting pitcher the nod.

The Orioles

Bud Norris ptched 7.1 innings while allowing 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run. Yeah, what a loser. Does any stat mean less?

Up Next

The Royals send james Shields (5-3, 2.54 ERA) against Urbaldo Jimenez (2-4, 4.02 ERA) to tie up the 4-game series against Balimore. Game time is 1:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO Nelson Cruz LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .282 .901
Chris Davis 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0 .240 .746
Adam Jones CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .278 .706
Manny Machado 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .206 .519
Nick Markakis RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 .290 .719
Jonathan Schoop 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .218 .615
Caleb Joseph C 2 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .182
Delmon Young DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .710
J.J. Hardy SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 .256 .585
   Steve Clevenger PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .254 .725
Team Totals 30 0 3 0 2 7 .100 .256
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Generated 5/18/2014.

B: M Machado; N Cruz; A Jones.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 0 for 2.
Fielding
E: M Machado (4).

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO Nori Aoki RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 .265 .641
   Jarrod Dyson CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .288 .654
Alcides Escobar SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .737
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .732
Billy Butler DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 .227 .570
Alex Gordon LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .655
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 2 0 0 0 1 0 .311 .758
Mike Moustakas 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 .162 .573
Johnny Giavotella 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .502
   Pedro Ciriaco 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Brett Hayes C 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Team Totals 28 1 4 1 1 1 .143 .343
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Generated 5/18/2014.

H: A Escobar (2, off B Norris).
HBP: A Escobar (2, by B Norris).
TB: N Aoki 2; B Butler; M Moustakas.
RBI: B Butler (15).
2-out RBI: B Butler.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 8.
Baserunning
SB: N Aoki (5, 2nd base off B Norris/C Joseph); L Cain (3, 2nd base off B Norris/C Joseph).

Tags: Alex Smith Billy Butler Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals

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