This was Hafner’s first return to Cleveland since he left the only team he’s ever known for the Yankees this offseason. He got a big ovation from the crowd before the game and then went 2-for-2 with two walks handing the Yankees a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer in the first inning.
Hiroki Kuroda gave that lead right back in the bottom of the first as the Indians tied it 3-3, until Hafner drove in Cano on a single to center to put the Yankees up 4-3 again.
Cano broke the game open in the fifth with a solo shot that made it 6-3 and then tacked on another run with his second homer in the sixth that made it 8-3. Cano finished 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s and four runs scored.
• Kuroda really struggled in the first when the Indians scored three runs on three hits, two walks, and two sac flies. He settled down after that though and over the next 4.1 innings he allowed no runs on just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
• Of course, Gardner’s caught stealing looked even worse as Chris Stewart swiped a bag just a couple of batters earlier when he caught Jimenez napping.
• Ichiro Suzuki did have the worst average on the team, but he’s picked up his production lately and continued that with a 2-for-4 day.
• Vernon Wells continued
to make me look bad his hot start with a 3-for-4 day with a walk and a run scored.
• Eduardo Nunez was back in the lineup. He went 0-for-4 and played a clean shortstop.
• One of the reasons Joe Girardi said he took Shawn Kelley on the team was because he could pitch multiple innings, but all of the runs he’s given up so far this season have come in his second inning of work. He typically looks good before that.
• Joba Chamberlain, now sans mustache, pitched a scoreless ninth, but walked a pair of batters and needed 29 pitches to get through the inning. Girardi was clearly frustrated with him too when he started to get Mariano Rivera warmed up. Fortunately, they didn’t have to call on Mo.
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