10:31 p.m.- CLEVELAND INDIANS OVERCOME EARLY DEFICIT TO START SEASON WITH WIN OVER TEXAS RANGERS
Better late than never.
After starting in an early deficit with starting pitcher Corey Kluber struggling to keep the ball in the yard, timely hitting throughout the middle portion of the game and a three-run ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians (1-0) a season-opening 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers (0-1) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
Six different Indians collected an RBI in the win, led by two from second baseman Jose Ramirez. Designated hitter Carlos Santana and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion each had a pair of hits in the win over the Rangers.
Cleveland Indians open regular season at Texas Rangers
10:13 p.m.-CLEVELAND INDIANS TAKE LATE LEAD
The Cleveland Indians plated a trio of runs against closer Sam Dyson in the top of the ninth inning and took an 8-5 lead over the Texas Rangers into the bottom half of the final frame in the season-opening game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
Center fielder Tyler Naquin got the inning rolling with a lead-off single to center, moved into scoring position when third baseman Yandy Diaz grounded out to his counterpart at “the hot corner,” and came around to score when right fielder Abraham Almonte lined an RBI single to center.
The Indians added a second run when Almonte came around to score after designated hitter Carlos Santana smacked his second double of the game to right-center field.
Left fielder Michael Brantley drove in the third run of the frame with an RBI single to right field.
9:47 p.m.-ENCARNACION BELTS FIRST HOMER AS INDIAN
With just one swing of the bat, first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion drew the Cleveland Indians even with the Texas Rangers in the top of the eighth inning of the season-opening game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
After left fielder Michael Brantley flied out to center field for the first out of the inning, Encarnacion stepped into the batter’s box and took a 1-2 offering from Rangers reliever Matt Bush deep and over the wall in left field to make it a 5-5 game.
It was Encarnacion’s first home run as a member of the Indians after signing the largest free-agent contract ever awarded by the franchise.
9:21 p.m.-INDIANS SCORE ON WILD PITCH
With one out in the top of the seventh inning after center fielder Tyler Naquin lined out to left field, Cleveland Indians third baseman Yandy Diaz slapped a double to the wall in right field and advanced to third base on a wild pitch from Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish.
Then, when right fielder Abraham Almonte swung over top of strike three on a ball in the dirt that skipped away from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Diaz sprinted down the third-base line and cut the Rangers’ lead over the Indians to a single run, 5-4.
8:20 p.m.-JOSE RAMIREZ BELTS TWO-RUN HOMER
Today is not a good day for the earned run averages, as baseballs are jumping out of Globe Life Park.
Down by four runs heading into the top of the fourth inning, the Indians responded with a pair of runs on a home run from second baseman Jose Ramirez off of Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish as the Cleveland Indians trimmed the deficit to two, 5-3.
With one out in the top of the fourth inning, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a 3-1 pitch into left field for a single. Then, ahead in the count, 2-0, Ramirez drove a pitch from Darvish over the wall in center field for the Indians’ first home run of the season.
8:03 p.m.-RANGERS RETAKE LEAD OVER INDIANS
The tie did not last long, as the Texas Rangers went back to what they do best, hitting home runs at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
On the first pitch of the bottom of the third inning, center fielder Carlos Gomez crushed an offering from Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber into seats in right field, but the Rangers were far from done putting runs on the board in their third trip to the plate.
Right fielder Nomar Mazara singled to shallow center field and former Indians first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli drew a walk after five pitches from Kluber, which put two runners on for second baseman Rougned Odor, who had previously homered in the game.
Again, on the first offering from Kluber, Odor belted a three-run home run over the wall in right field, which gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead over the Indians.
7:58 p.m.-INDIANS DRAW EVEN ON DOUBLE PLAY
Although the Texas Rangers scored first, the Cleveland Indians had an answer in the top of the third inning at Globe Life Park.
With one out, right fielder Abraham Almonte fought back from an 0-2 hole to draw a walk, and then, he motored over to third base when designated hitter Carlos Santana swatted a 1-1 pitch from Rangers starter Yu Darvish to deep right field.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor lined into a sacrifice double play, but Almonte scored before the third out of the inning was recorded to even things at 1-1 after 2.5 innings of play.
7:40 p.m.-RANGERS TAKE 1-0 LEAD
The Texas Rangers tried to get something going with their speed on the bases in the bottom of the first inning, and when that did not work, they broke out the bats in their second trip to the plate in the season opener against the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park.
Down in a two-strike hole, second baseman Rougned Odor worked the count full before belting a pitch from Indians starter Corey Kluber, a finalist for the 2016 American League Cy Young Award, over the wall in right field for a solo home run and 1-0 lead.
Three batters later, shortstop Elvis Andrus smacked a two-out double to left field, but Kluber worked out of the jam and kept it a one-run game.
7:00p.m.-INDIANS OPEN 2017 SEASON AT RANGERS
The chase is on!
The Cleveland Indians enter the 2017 as the reigning American League champions, but after coming one win short of the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, the quest for the organization's first world championship since 1948 gets underway tonight.
The Indians begin 2017 on the road with back-to-back road series, starting with tonight's matchup against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
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