ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver's 10 strikeouts made him just the third Angels pitcher to have double-digit whiffs on Opening Day. And he's not the first to do it against the Royals either.
Nolan Ryan had 12 in 1973 and 1975, both against the Royals, and Andy Messersmith had 11 in 1970 at Milwaukee.
Against Weaver, the Royals got only two runners as far as second base on Friday night before succumbing, 5-0.
"The bottom line is we knew what he had. I've faced him before, and he was locating his pitches well and was executing," the Royals' Billy Butler said. "We had some opportunities, but he maximized 'em and he pitched a good game. You can't take anything away from him."
This was Weaver's 11th career start against the Royals, and he's 6-4 with a 2.12 ERA in those games.
"That's no fluke, that's what we see from Weaver every time we face him," said Royals manager Ned Yost.