Comeback: Brantley's double lifts Indians past White Sox 2-1

Boone Logan and Bryan Shaw teamed for a scoreless 10 frame to keep the hopes alive for 35,002 fans in what shaped out to be a classic finish to commence the 2017 campaign. "He told me to back up for that play and that's why I was able to make that play". What I want to see is how well the young players deal with playing against a far superior team.

Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs but the last-place Blue Jays fell to 1-6, the worst start in franchise history.

Plus, the memories and joy of last year's run still seem fresh and recent. The Indians intend to have him play in three straight minor league games - possibly one as a DH - this week.RF Lonnie Chisenhall is poised to come off the 10-day disabled list.

The defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians' home opener is tomorrow afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

Frazier came in batting just.059 (1 for 17) and without an extra-base hit before doubling in the second inning and then tying it in the fifth with his homer off Carrasco. No attendance figure was reported for the game.

We recorded the reaction from two vantage points inside the ballpark.

It would be a banner season for player-manager Lou Boudreau and the Tribe.

After all Brantley has been through during his road back to the lineup-two surgeries, a third procedure to remove scar tissue, multiple setbacks, a truckload of frustration and the inability to contribute on the field during the World Series run-the Indians getting to see him raise his arms celebrate and be covered in Gatorade was a party 11 months in the making.

In near-perfect weather for early April on the shores of Lake Erie, 1972 AL Cy Young Award victor Gaylord Perry outdueled Tigers ace Mickey Lolich in front of a capacity crowd of 74,420. "But when you hit the ball into the corner on a 3-2 count, with a guy (Lindor) who can run, it's tough", Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.

With that being said, the Indians started their season off on the right foot with a sweep of the Texas Rangers. Nearly from the beginning of the season, there was tension between Robinson and Perry. The hurler did strike out nine batters, but he also walked four and only made it through five and two-thirds innings as he picked up a no-decision for the Tribe. He hit a trio of homers on August 21, 2015 against the Rockies.

Tuesday's game may have just been Game 7 of 162 regular season games and the first of 81 regular season home games, but for the Indians to start their long season at Progressive Field the way they did, it could only mean good things moving forward.

Everything about this day felt right for the Indians and their fans in the inaugural home opener at the state-of-the-art downtown ballpark.

Cespedes fell down on a wild swing on the first pitch he saw, then hit a three-run homer to straightaway center field off Buchholz in the first inning. Now, if he could get run support, he would be in good shape. They won it on back-up outfielder Wayne Kirby's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th.

Hopefully as the season continues the bats will start to wakeup.



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