Through the hype and excitement of opening day, new general manager Rick Hahn knew reality would settle in soon Monday when his Chicago White Sox played host to American League Central rival Kansas City before a sellout crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.

"As I sit here right now, I’ve always been excited about Opening Day like the rest of you, just like any fan," Hahn said. "It has been a day for optimism and rebirth, and everyone is starting off equal and anything can happen. I would be lying if I didn’t say today was a little more special for more.

"But if we don’t score more runs than the Royals, it will be like any other day that we didn’t win and mildly disappointing."

Tyler Flowers made a favorable impression by hitting a home run in the fifth inning and Chris Sale pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Sox held on for a 1-0 win over Kansas City before a sellout crowd of 39,012.

Sale walked one and struck out seven.