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.