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Sale outpitches Shields, White Sox beat Royals 1-0

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  • Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers hits a home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields during the fifth inning of the White Sox's opening day baseball game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Chicago.

      Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers hits a home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields during the fifth inning of the White Sox's opening day baseball game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Chicago.
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Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.

A dominant performance by Sale and Flowers' drive leading off the fifth against Shields were just enough to beat a team that's trying to make a big jump after finishing with a losing record 17 of the past 18 seasons. It also gave the White Sox a rare win over the Royals, who took 12 of 18 from them a year ago.

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Sale (1-0) showed the form that made him a 17-game winner and an All-Star in his first season as a starter. On a chilly day when the game-time temperature was 44, he allowed just seven hits and struck out seven while walking one, and he left to a standing ovation after Alcides Escobar's single with two outs in the eighth.

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