Raul Ibanez swats homer, Jeremy Guthrie stymies Oakland in 1-0 Royals victory

The eldest member of the Royals settled into the batter’s box against the youngest member of Oakland’s pitching staff. Raul Ibanez cocked his head and trained eyes on Sonny Gray. The 24-year-old already overran the 42-year-old with fastballs before dusting him off with a changeup. Second time up, Gray challenged Ibanez with a 93-mph fastball at the belt. Ibanez rifled it over the fence in right-center, a solo home run and the lone bit of scoring achieved in this 1-0 win by Kansas City.


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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday voted 7-3 to deny the stay of execution for convicted Missouri inmate Michael Worthington, who is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday. The decision comes as Worthington and 14 other Missouri prisoners are pursuing federal litigation over the secrecy surrounding the state’s lethal injection drug.

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Judging the Royals

KC's Jeremy Guthrie out-pitches Oakland's Sonny Gray, but not by much

The series opener between the Royals and the Athletics turned out to be a classic pitching duel between Jeremy Guthrie and Sonny Gray. Both pitchers were sharp from the start; each threw four scoreless innings to open the game. Both Gray and Guthrie did a good job of stifling their opponent’s offense by being aggressive, staying ahead in the count and forcing hitters into tough counts. It was a tightly contested, exciting game that was clearly going to be a low-scoring duel, decided by a small margin of error.