Billy Buckner needed to jog his memory to recall his previous major-league victory. "It's been a while," he said. "The Cubs, my last outing...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Buckner needed to jog his memory to recall his previous major-league victory.
“It’s been a while,” he said. “The Cubs, my last outing in 2009.”
Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger homered to back Buckner’s first victory in 3 ½ years, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-0 on Saturday for their seventh straight victory.
Buckner (1-0), who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, limited the Royals to two hits over five innings. He walked three, struck out two and threw a pair of wild pitches. His previous victory came on Oct. 2, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Chicago Cubs.
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The Royals drafted Buckner in the second round in 2004, and he got his first big-league victory with them in 2007.
“Full circle, right back here where it all started,” Buckner said. “Getting any win at this point was going to feel good. It is neat to come back to the park where it first started.”
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