American League Game Summary - New York at Cleveland
(Monday, April 8th)
Final Score: New York 11, Cleveland 6
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Travis Hafner belted a three-run homer in his
first at-bat back in Cleveland, helping the New York Yankees spoil the
Indians' home opener with an 11-6 win at Progressive Field.
Hafner, who spent the previous 10 years with the Indians, received a nice
pregame ovation from the fans before tormenting his old club with a first-
inning blast off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1). He then broke a 3-3
tie with an RBI single in the third and also drew two walks.
"It was nice to come here and have a good game and help contribute to a win,"
Robinson Cano clubbed two solo homers while going 3-for-4 with a walk and four
runs scored for the Yankees, who have won two games in a row for the first
time this season, improving their record to 3-4.
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) overcame a shaky first inning to pitch
into the sixth. Kuroda lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the
season against Boston after suffering a bruised right middle finger when he
tried to grab a Shane Victorino liner.
Jimenez allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings for
Cleveland, which went 3-3 on its season-opening road trip.
"Today was one of those days where I thought he fought his mechanics a little
bit," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said about Jimenez.
The Indians answered Hafner's homer to center field with three runs of their
own in the bottom of the first.
Michael Bourn led off with a walk and took third when Asdrubal Cabrera's
grounder up the middle caromed off the second base bag. Jason Kipnis'
sacrifice fly to right field put Cleveland on the board, and back-to-back
singles by former Yankee Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley scored Cabrera.
After catcher Carlos Santana drew a walk to load the bases, Mark Reynolds tied
the game with a sac fly to left.
The Yankees, however, scored in five straight frames from the third to go up
New York regained the lead when Hafner drove home Cano, who led off the third
with a double. Cano entered Monday's contest, the opener of a four-game set,
without an extra-base hit this season.
Brett Gardner plated Chris Stewart with a two-out single in the fourth, then
Cano homered to left-center to begin the fifth.
A one-out walk to Hafner later in the inning prompted a pitching change. Matt
Albers took over on the mound and gave up hits to the first two batters he
faced, with Ichiro Suzuki's single knocking in Hafner.
Cano went deep again with two outs in the sixth before the Yankees pushed
three more runs across in the seventh.
The Indians failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom of the
seventh, but Mike Aviles' two-run homer highlighted Cleveland's three-run
Hafner's home run was his 100th at Progressive Field ... Santana left the game
in the ninth after taking a Chris Perez pitch off his left wrist ... Kuroda
gave up three runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out six in
5 1/3 innings ... The Indians have lost five straight home openers ... The
Yankees took five of six from the Indians last season.