June 26, 2016

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Hopeful sell-out crowd sees Tribe fall to Yankees 11-6 in home opener

CLEVELAND — It was a home opener to forget for the Indians and their fans Monday at Progressive Field.

A sellout crowd eagerly anticipating its first sight of a revamped team that has Cleveland excited about baseball again watched the dreaded New York Yankees ruin the Tribe’s festivities with an 11-6 victory.

To add injury to insult, former Indians slugger Travis Hafner played a major part in the Bronx Bombers’ win. Cleveland’s longtime designated hitter clouted a three-run home run in his first at-bat in the opening inning, then added an RBI single to complete a banner day.

New York’s all-star second baseman Robinson Cano also had a big hand in the win with a pair of home runs.

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez failed to capitalize on a sparkling debut, allowing a homer apiece to Cano and Hafner, and seven runs total, over just 4⅓ innings.

It was the Indians’ fifth straight loss in the home opener.

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About Chris Assenheimer

Award-winning sportswriter Chris Assenheimer has covered the Indians since 1997. Prior to that, he also covered Ohio State football and basketball. He's a graduate of (Bay Village) Bay High School and The Ohio State University, and can be reached at 329-7137 or CAssenheimer@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.