Indians Game Information: April 5 vs. Minnesota

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-1) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (1-3)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, —) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, —)

Game #5/Home #2 » Saturday, April 5, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » FOX Sports 1, WTAM-WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

  • The Indians rallied to win their 2014 home opener on Friday afternoon, besting Minnesota 7-2 in come-from-behind fashion…Tribe was held scoreless thru 5.0 on just one hit against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (first 12 batters retired in order) before erasing a 2-0 deficit with a pair of home runs in the 6th from YAN GOMES (solo) and NICK SWISHER (2-run)…Cleveland rallied for 4 more runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach.
  • Cleveland is 1-0 to begin this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-0) and San Diego (3 games)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next off day on April 14 in Detroit.
  • Cleveland is 2nd in the A.L. Central standings, one half-game behind Detroit (3-0)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 2 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

CLOSING THE OPENER

  • Tribe played the 114th home opener in Indians franchise history yesterday and the 21st here at Progressive Field (1994-2014), as this venue celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday…first pitch was delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes by rain showers…the 7-2 victory over the Twins snapped a 5-year losing streak in home openers for the Tribe, first since a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox to begin the 2008 campaign…Indians are 59-55 all-time in home openers, including an 11-10 record at Progressive Field…improved to 5-1 all-time in home openers played against Minnesota (5-0 at Progessive Field)…with a crowd of 41,274, the Indians have sold out all 21 home openers played at Progressive Field.
  • At 24 years, 83 days of age, DANNY SALAZAR became the youngest Indians pitcher to start a home opener since 21-year-old (21.190) RHP DENNIS ECKERSLEY took the mound in a 3-1 loss on April 10, 1976 vs. Detroit.

WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKYTOWN?

  • The Twins are making their first of 3 trips to Cleveland in 2014, as the two clubs are set to meet 19 times…for the second consecutive season, all 3 of the Indians’ trips to Minnesota will take place after the All-Star break.
  • Cleveland went 13-6 vs. Minnesota last season, going 6-3 at home and 7-3 on the road…since ‘94 re-alignment, marked just 3rd time for Tribe to beat Twins 13 times, also 2001 (14-5) & 2007 (14-4)…Tribe clinched a 2013 A.L. Wild Card berth at Target Field on the final day of the regular season, a 5-1 victory over the Twins to complete their 7th 4-game series sweep & cap a 10-game winning streak to end the year.
  • Cleveland has won 7 straight games vs. Minnesota dating back to last season, going 14-6 since the start of 2013…current 7-game streak is Tribe’s longest against the Twins since winning 8 straight vs. Minnesota from Aug. 12-Sept. 24, 2011…Tribe’s longest winning streak ever vs. Twins is 9 games, May 9, 1981 – Aug. 20, 1982; longest ever vs. Washington/Minnesota franchise is 12 games, July 24, 1956 – May 18, 1957.

MY BACK PAGES

  • After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning Friday, Cleveland rallied for 3 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th to continue an early trend this season of generating offense late in games, as the Tribe has scored 11 of team’s 16 overall runs in the 7th inning-or-later…among A.L. teams in the 7th inning-or-late, the Indians rank among leaders in batting avg. (1st, .347, 17-49), runs (2nd, 11), OBP (4th, .404) and OPS (6th, .832).
  • Cleveland plated 9th-inning runs in all 3 games of the Oakland series (6 total runs)…Indians broke scoreless tie w/ pair of 9th-inn. runs on Monday (2-0 win), avoided a shutout with one run in final at-bat of Game 1 Wednesday (6-1 loss) and then rallied for 3 runs in 9th of Game 2 for a come-from-behind victory (6-4 win).

POWER FANTASTIC

  • NICK SWISHER clubbed a 2-run homer in the 6th inning off Pelfrey on Friday to erase a 2-1 deficit…7 of Swisher’s 22 home runs in 2013 were of the go-ahead variety…missed a second HR by several feet in the 7th with an RBI-double off the wall.
  • Ranks 2nd on the team behind Brantley (5) with 4 RBI on this young season, as the Indians are now 33-12 in games when Swisher drives in at least one run since the start of last season (2-0 in 2014).

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