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Pronk-led Yankees top Tribe in home opener

Pronk-led Yankees top Tribe in home opener
April 8, 2013
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Cleveland, OH — New York second baseman Robinson Cano hit his first two home runs of the season and Travis Hafner had four runs batted in against his former team, as Cleveland dropped its home opener at Progressive Field 11-6.
Ubaldo Jiminez (0-1, 6.97) struggled to locate his fastball throughout his start. He was removed from the game with one out in the fifth, having thrown 91 pitches (52 strikes). He finished having allowed seven earned runs on seven hits, three walks, and two home runs.
“Coming out, it was a struggle for him to get loose,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “I thought he fought his mechanics. His pitches were flat, and he had no deception. Fortunately, he went just far enough so that we didn’t have to empty our bullpen.”
Jiminez initially ran into trouble in the first, as he allowed two base runners with one out. Former Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner then drove a 2-0 pitch over the wall in straight away center for a three-run homer. It was Hafner's 100th career dinger at Progressive Field. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs in his return to Cleveland.
The Tribe responded quickly to the New York outburst, scoring three runs of their own off Hideki Kuroda in the bottom of the first. Center fielder Michael Bourn drew a walk to start the game, advanced to third on a single by Asdrubal Cabrera, and scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Jason Kipnis. First baseman Nick Swisher and left fielder Michael Brantley followed with back-to-back singles, the second of which scored Cabrera. After a Carlos Santana walk, designated hitter Mark Reynolds hit the second sacrifice fly of the inning to make the score 3-3.
Kuroda (1-1, 6.75) settled down after the first, pitching five and one-third innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out six.
“We had him on the ropes,” Francona said. “We knew he bruised his finger the other day. To his credit, he went back out there and did a really good job.”
The Indians didn't score again until they put up another three-spot in the bottom of the eighth. With Reynolds on third following a double and a wild pitch, newly-acquired utility man Mike Avilas hit a two-run homer. He replaced Drew Stubbs in right field during the top of the eighth inning. Bourn followed the shot with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-6.
Bourn finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Santana also reached base three times but left the game with a left thumb contusion in the top of the ninth.
Matt Albers came on in relief of Jiminez in the fifth and allowed back-to-back singles to score the seventh Yankees run before retiring the side. He stayed on for the sixth inning and allowed Cano's second homer of the game, extending New York's lead to 8-3.
The multi-homer game was Cano's 11th of his career. He reached base four out of five times in the game and after his third inning double, he needs just four doubles to tie Bob Meusel (339) for 10th place on the Yankees' all-time double list.
"When Cano starts feeling good, he can hit anybody, anywhere," Francona said. "That's the last guy we want to get hot."
Rich Hill became the third consecutive Indians pitcher to struggle in the seventh. With runners on first and second, Ichiro Suzuki hit a slow roller to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall whose throw sailed into the first base line camera bay, scoring one run and putting runners on second and third. Hill followed the error with a wild pitch that scored another run. Suzuki scored the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right by shortstop Eduardo Nunez, putting the Yankees up 11-3.
Cody Allen and Chris Perez combined to hold the Yankees scoreless in the final two innings.
The Tribe will play their second game of a four-game series with the Yankees on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco will make his first start of the season against New York southpaw Andy Pettitte (1-0, 1.13).
Notes: A fan delayed the game in the bottom of the ninth by running onto the field.

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.


Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

User Comments

April 9, 2013 - 1:00 AM EDT
Every time Ubaldo has taken one step forward, like game 2, he follows it up by taking 2 steps back. Didn't get much of a chance to watch this one, but he barely hit 91 mph today. By far his lowest velocity ever. After a game where his velocity and stuff was encouraging. They will have a hard time staying afloat if they have to contend with Bad Ubaldo along with Myers.

As much as I like that they picked up Bourn, I think the correct move would've been to sign Lohse and Hafner. And not sign Myers. Masterson, Lohse, Carrasco, McAllister, Ubaldo/Kazmir would look a hell of a lot better, and while Hafner will have the inevitable decline and DL trip, as seen here, he's a productive hitter when healthy-ish. I hope Carrasco shows something tomorrow to force some impatience with Myers/Ubaldo.
Canadian Joe
April 9, 2013 - 12:05 AM EDT
Will the real Ubaldo please stand up ! Oh, he did !!!! Wish I could eat $7 mil.

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