Royals set franchise record in Opening Day win

Talk about a crazy way to kick off the baseball season.

In a game that took nearly 4 and 1/2 hours, the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers combined for 24 runs and 30 hits, as the Royals rallied to beat the Rangers 14-10. The Royals set a franchise record for most runs scored in an Opening Day game. Their previous record was 11 runs (1979).

The two teams also combined for 17 walks, 14 pitchers and 26 runners left on base.

Arguably the star of the game was former Nationals CF Michael A. Taylor. The veteran is entering his eighth year in MLB, his first with the Royals, after spending the previous seven seasons with Washington.

Taylor hit a home run, along with three RBI’s. He also contributed on defense, throwing out two runners at home.

Kyle Isbel, who made his MLB debut to a loud ovation for the Kaufman Stadium crowd, notched an RBI-single in his very first at-bat.

Carlos Hernandez notched his first career win for the Royals. He pitched three innings, struck out five, and allowed six runs. Because of the short outing, the Royals heavily relied on their revamped bullpen, and they delivered, as they only allowed four runs total over the next six innings.

Wade Davis, recently brought back to Kansas City, notched the save..

RHP Kohei Arihara will make his debut for the Rangers on Saturday for Game 2. For the Royals, LHP Mike Minor returns following the past three seasons with the Athletics and Rangers. In his last season with Kansas City in 2017, he finished 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA.

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