37,499 braved the cold this afternoon making their way out to US Cellular for the opening of the 2009 season.
Mark Buehrle worked 5 innings and found himself in jams essentially all 5 of those innings. Royals third base standout Alex Gordon was responsible for both Kansas City runs; homering in the 2nd and knocking in a run in the 5th on a fielders choice.
The Sox had 3 consecutive hits in the bottom of the 2nd that did not lead to a run. Josh Fields eventually singled in the lone run for the Southsiders with 2 outs.
Richards, Dotel and presumably Thorton will finish up for the Sox this afternoon. With runners on the corners and 2 outs in the eighth, Jim Thome who is 2-3 will try to pump some heat into the 40 degree weather.