KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Milton is a good pitcher everywhere but in Kansas City. He's great there.
Wielding a new, effective changeup, the Minnesota left-hander retired 19 batters in a row after giving up a pair of two-out singles in the first inning Wednesday night, and beat the Royals 1-0.
He's won four in a row in Kansas City and his career record against the Royals stands at 10-2.
"I like pitching here," he said. "I love this stadium."
Milton, who was 15-7 last year, gave up just the two singles through seven innings, striking out two and walking none.
"It's nice to get in a groove like that, especially as cold as it was," said Milton, referring to Kansas City temperatures in the 40s. "From the second inning on, I didn't have to throw from the stretch."
He developed the changeup, a pitch he used to toss only once in a while, during this past spring training.
"I threw some really good changeups. I've never had that pitch, never been able to count on that pitch before," he said.
"Now I have that in my arsenal and tonight it worked great."
For Dan Reichert, it was another frustrating season debut. The right-hander, who lost 1-0 to the Yankees in his first appearance last year, went seven innings and struck out a career-high eight.
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