Tribe Falls to Yankees in Home Opener
CLEVELAND– Former Indian slugger Travis Hafner came back to Progressive Field and made his ex-teammates pay for it.
Hafner hit a homer and single and drove in 4 runs in the Yankees 11-6 win over the Indians.
Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez did not fare well on the hill. He lasted just 4 and one thirds innings and gave up 7 hits and 7 runs. He was touched for two homers in the 92 pitches thrown.
In the top of the first inning with 2 men on board, Hafner came to the plate and delivered a 3-run homer to straight away center field. The Yanks lead was short-lived as the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the first inning.
Jason Kipnis got the Tribe going with a sacrifice fly, followed by a Michael Brantley RBI single to shallow right center. A Mark Reynolds sacrifice fly tied the game at 3 apiece.
Hafner did more damage in the top of the 3rd inning as his RBI single gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
They never looked back. New York picked up a run in the 4th inning and then plated two more runs in the 5th. Robinson Cano took Jimenez deep with a solo homer for a 6-3 lead, and after a Youkilis fly out and a Hafner walk, Terry Francona had seen enough of Jimenez. He headed to the showers and Matt Albers took over. Ichiro Suzuki drove in Hafner for a 7-3 lead.
Matt Albers remained in the game in the 6th inning and Cano made him pay. Cano stroked his second homer of the game for an 8-3 lead.
The Indians tried to battle back in the 8th inning after trailing 11-3. Mike Aviles poked a 2-run homer, and later Michael Bourn scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-6.
New York totaled 13 hits on the day. Hiroki Kuroda got the win for the Yankees.