That snowball I talked about last week is being pushed uphill by the Yankees right now. Two wins and an offensive explosion will do that for you. Travis Hafner enjoyed his homecoming to Progressive Field, as the Yankees spoiled the Indians home opener 11-6.
Hafner hit a three-run homer after Robinson Cano walked and Kevin Youkilis singled. The Indians responded in their half of the first. Michael Bourn walked and Asdrubal Cabrera singled. Jason Kipnis hit a sac fly to drive in Bourn. After, Nick Swisher‘s single, Michael Brantley followed with a single to make it 3-2. Carlos Santana walked and Mark Reynolds followed with a sac fly to tie the game.
The game stayed that way til the third, when Cano doubled and Hafner drove in his fourth run of the game with a single. The Yankees added to it in the fourth, when Chris Stewart singled, and stole second. Brett Gardner singled to drive him in.
In the fifth, Cano homered to increase the lead to 6-3. After a flyout, Hafner walked and Ubaldo Jimenez was done. Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki singled to make it 7-3. Cano homered again in the sixth to make it 8-3.
The Indians got three in the eighth off Shawn Kelley. Mark Reynolds doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. Mike Aviles homered to make it 11-5. Bourn tripled and scored on a wild pitch to conclude the scoring.
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