Then, Teaford's very next pitch grazed the left arm of Peter Bourjos, drawing some words from the Angels' center fielder and the ire of manager Mike Scioscia.
"I don't think any of us liked that," Scioscia said. "Our guy was getting knocked around in the first inning, and we didn't throw at anybody. You try to make better pitches. It was something that was uncalled for."
The Royals scored seven runs off Eric Hurley in the first two frames -- six of which came on homers by Eric Hosmer, Jeff Francoeur and Yuniesky Betancourt -- before the Angels answered in the bottom of the second with three solo homers and a two-run double by Albert Pujols in an eventual 11-8 win.
Shortly after the hit-by-pitch, Scioscia had a short, heated on-field conversation with home-plate umpire Dana DeMuth, seemingly over a warning issued to his club for screaming from the dugout.
Teaford said there was no malicious intent, but added: "I'm going to protect my spot."
"I guess they don't like to be pitched up and in. That's part of the game sometimes, and I wasn't trying to necessarily hit him in the head or anything. He was on top of the plate, he was close. But it grazed him and went straight back to the backstop. But they were mad."
The Royals and Angels open up the season against one another in a three-game weekend series that begins at Angel Stadium on April 6.
Royals manager Ned Yost defended the intentions of his pitcher, but understood Scioscia's disposition.
"First of all, Teaford was trying to bust the guy up and in," Yost said. "He'd been going hard, hard, hard and got it too far in. Second of all, if I'm managing and I've got guys on my team that hit back-to-back-to-back home runs and the next player gets hit on the first pitch, I'm going to get upset, too. I understand it. It wasn't intentional by any stretch of the imagination, but I understand how you'd get upset. I'd be upset, too."