Nelson Cruz (ankle) sitting out Sunday as Mariners host Indians
03 April 2018, 03:47 | Colleen Roy
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Cruz had just one home run in his first 48 at-bats last season; he's got two in six at-bats this year.
Gordon, an All-Star second baseman before the Mariners acquired him from Miami last offseason and moved him to center field, also made a sliding catch in the third after racing to deep left-center on a drive by Jason Kipnis. He'll get an MRI on Sunday, according to news reports. He's only in Seattle because catcher Mike Zunino strained his oblique on the final swing of his batting practice on Thursday and is on the 10-day disabled list.
In comparison, Indians starter Trevor Bauer went five innings and had 101 pitches, even though he had some more electric stuff and more strikeouts than Leake.
Bauer got out of a two-out jam in the third.
The Indians got two runs back when Encarnacion belted a two-run home run into the left-field seats in the top of the eighth inning, but they could get no closer than the one run deficit. "There was a ton of traffic but he got the ground ball he desperately needed and it just hit something and went right over Alonso's head".
The Indians open a three-game series against the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
After a slow start last season, the 26-year-old Zunino finished with a.251 average, 25 home runs and 64 RBIs in 124 games.
The Seattle Mariners couldn't make it through the first week of the season unscathed.
David Freitas #32 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Peoria, Arizona.
In Los Angeles, Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda scattered five hits and a walk, while striking out 10 for the second time in the majors as Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 for their first win of the season.
"That's a shame, because I thought Trev did a really good job", Indians manager Terry Francona said after Cleveland lost its first series since August 3, 2017. I'd like to say they all even out.
I don't care if the Mariners had taken two out of three from the Marlins, I still would have considered it a good season-opening series. "I don't think it's going to detract from what he's able to do this season for us, but you hate to see him start out behind the eight ball, so to speak".
With this team, it's fair to shoot for 6-2 and settle for 5-3. "We'll try to stay positive and hopefully everything is OK".
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