New-Look Royals Looking to Bounce Back
"I'm probably not going to use the infield defense a whole lot," Elarton told reporters after the game. "As you guys can see, the ball's going to be in the air, probably, and we're improved there."
Unfortunately for KC, Elarton had virtually no offensive help. A revamped lineup, featuring veteran additions such as first baseman Doug Mentkiewicz and outfielder Reggie Sanders, had just four hits.
"It was definitely a little tough, because you want to win that first game," admitted Sanders, who drove in the team's only run with a single. "But, by the same token, it's not over. It's the first game and it's all in how you bounce back."
Sanders, Mentkiewicz, and Mike Sweeney hope to bounce back, after just two hits in 10 at-bats in the home opener, at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday against the Tigers' Jeremy Bonderman.