Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyler Flowers supplied the game's only run with a solo homer in the fifth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox past fellow American League Central foe Kansas City, 1-0, in the 2013 opener for both squads.
Chris Sale, making his first career Opening Day start, pitched 7 2/3 innings and struck out seven batters while walking one and allowing seven hits for the White Sox, who finished second in the division with an 85-77 record.
Sale (1-0) broke out in 2012 with a 17-8 record to go along with a 3.05 ERA while making his first All-Star appearance. Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez each had two hits in the victory.
James Shields, who was acquired with Wade Davis from Tampa Bay this past offseason, pitched well for Kansas City, allowing one run on eight hits.
The Royals are once again looking to make a push with young talent. Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur each supplied two hits in the setback.
Kansas City went 72-90 last season.