Yan Gomes' walk-off home run powers Indians over Royals

Yan Gomes' walk-off home run powers Indians over Royals

Yan Gomes' walk-off home run powers Indians over Royals

Can the Cleveland Indians avoid another surprising loss at home to the Kansas City Royals when the two meet up today at 1:10PM ET? Carrasco allowed one run on four hits in seven innings.

Both teams are off to slow starts offensively, particularly the Indians, who have been held scoreless in their last 16 innings and have only scored runs in one of their last 25 innings.

The Indians' bullpen managed 3.00 ERA against the Tigers previous year. On the other hand, the Indians have netted 0.5 units and are 0-3 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

Then, Grimm forced a grounder by Jason Kipnis.

Carrasco was the first Indians pitcher to start consecutive home openers since Roberto Hernandez in 2010 and 2011.

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"We're a little left-handed in our lineup, but hopefully we hit well enough against the starter so that (facing left-handed relievers) doesn't matter", Francona said.

Indians Zimmer slammed into the wall in center trying to catch Jay's triple, but stayed in the game.RF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. OF Tyler Naquin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

One area that the Indians aren't concerned with is defense. Grimm couldn't record the out, recording an error on the throw to first. Cleveland is now getting 68 percent of the wagers for this game as the home favorite against the Royals. Francisco Liriano will start game one and is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. The Royals, moreover, have played those six games in a span of 10 days.

"As long as you're not putting guys at risk, you've got to try and play the games", Indians manager Terry Francona said. The bats should get better with warmer weather.

"Let's get some games under our belts. A lot of times, that's not a good recipe, but with him you're like, 'I think we're going to be OK'".

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The forecast for Sunday's game in Cleveland is for temperatures in the mid 30s.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Cleveland is heavily favored in this game, as the Indians are getting odds of -225 to win against Kansas City. He picked up right off where he left a year ago, throwing a complete gem in his first start of the season.

So did Kennedy (1-0), who allowed four hits, walked none and struck out eight. But just hours after being activated, the two-time All-Star who has overcome injuries the past two seasons, delivered in the first inning against Danny Duffy (0-2), who managed to hang around until the sixth.

The Royals, meanwhile, are 2-4 and in last place in the AL Central.

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"First pitch of the inning, coming out, I tried to get loose, but with the new [commissioner] Rob Manfred time [nonsense], we have only a certain amount of time between innings, it's hard to get loose sometimes, especially in conditions like that".

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