Kansas City Manager Tony Pena is in no rush to find a cure for his flu-ridden Royals.

The Royals became the first team in 13 years to begin the season with eight straight wins, beating the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, last night behind seven sharp innings from Runelvys Hernandez.

"Sure, let's keep it going," Pena said when asked if he wouldn't mind the flu bug lingering as long as the Royals kept winning.

"We started the game with 16 guys sick, Mike Sweeney got it during the game and our closer was sick in the bullpen. That's 18."

Rookie Mike MacDougal made it 6 for 6 on save chances as the surprising Royals extended the best start in team history.

The last major league club to start 8-0 was the 1990 Cincinnati Reds, who went on to win the World Series.

Hernandez (3-0) allowed seven hits, struck out four, and lowered his ERA to 0.45. Jason Grimsley pitched a perfect eighth.

Kansas City scratched out the only run in the fifth against Jake Westbrook (0-2). Dee Brown drew a leadoff walk and advanced on a groundout. After another groundout, Angel Berroa singled to center and Brown just beat Milton Bradley's throw home, which got past catcher Tim Laker.

* WHITE SOX 5, TIGERS 0: In Detroit, the Tigers became the first team ever to lose their first nine games in consecutive seasons.

Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer and Esteban Loaiza pitched eight scoreless innings as the White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.

The Tigers started 0-11 last year, then went on to tie Tampa Bay for the worst record in baseball at 55-106. Rookie manager Alan Trammell is still looking for his first win this season.

"It's definitely not something to be proud of," first baseman Carlos Pena said. "But we wear that on our sleeve -- we're 0-9. We were 0-9 last year too. We're the Tigers, that's where we are right now.

"But we're not going to bow our heads to anyone, or explain ourselves, or make excuses, or say we're sorry to anyone."

* TWINS 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Corey Koskie drove in three runs as Minnesota, on the road, ended a six-game losing streak

The Twins' Luis Rivas, who went 3 for 4, hit a game-tying triple in the seventh inning off Cory Lidle (1-2) and Jacque Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4.

Shannon Stewart and Frank Catalanotto each drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who started Minnesota's losing streak with a three-game sweep at the Metrodome.

"It's been a long time since we won a baseball game," Minnesota Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You always tell yourself it's not that big of a deal, but believe me, when it starts to add up, you need a win."

* ANGELS 9, ATHLETICS 5: In Anaheim, Tim Salmon hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Angels' 16-hit attack.

John Lackey allowed two runs and five hits over five innings for the victory.

* DEVIL RAYS-YANKEES PPD: The game between Tampa Bay and host New York was called because of rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 17, with the games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.

Chicago's Jose Valentin, right, is congratulated by D'Angelo Jimenez after his two-run homer in the first.