Apr 06, 2021 4:39 AM

Danny Duffy's solid start, Whit Merrifield's bat lead Royals past Indians Monday

Posted Apr 06, 2021 4:39 AM

St. Joseph Post

CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched six innings of two-hit ball to beat a longtime nemesis and Whit Merrifield drove in all of Kansas City’s runs with a homer and sacrifice fly, leading the Royals over the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Monday afternoon.

The Indians played their home opener in front of fans for the first time since 2019. The announced attendance was 8,914. The Indians are allowing 30% of ballpark capacity.

Merrifield hit a two-run homer off starter Logan Allen in the second and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The Indians managed just three hits.

The Royals are off Tuesday and will conclude the two-game series with Cleveland on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. central. The game will be carried on KFEQ Radio - 680 AM and 95.3 FM in St. Joseph.