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Swisher homer helps power Indians past Twins

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CLEVELAND -- Before leaving frigid Progressive Field, Nick Swisher delivered a final message in his signature style.

"Happy Bro-pening day everyone," he yelled.

Swisher made the Indians' home opener one to remember.

Cleveland's first baseman with the infectious attitude hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot, leading the Indians to a 7-2 home-opening win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Swisher's homer off Mike Pelfrey (0-1) allowed the Indians to cap a day of pomp and pageantry as they celebrated Progressive Field's 20th anniversary. Before the sixth, the Indians had been shut out by Pelfrey and were in danger of disappointing a sellout crowd that stuck around following a 2-hour, 13-minute rain delay and plummeting temperatures.

But Swisher, who added a run-scoring double in Cleveland's four-run seventh, helped the Indians win their first home opener since 2008.

"I was just so proud of the way the guys fought, man," Swisher said. "Maybe that will be the identity of this team -- the fact that we're gonna fight. And regardless of the situation or the obstacle in front of us, we're always gonna take that head-on."

Indians reliever Josh Outman (1-0) recorded two outs after coming in for starter Danny Salazar in the sixth and got the win.

Michael Brantley hit a two-run single in the seventh for the Indians, who were flat and hitless through four innings. But Gomes and Swisher woke the Indians up in the sixth when they finally figured out Pelfrey.

"Guys were talking in the dugout and there's the fifth inning, we're down 2-0, haven't even gotten a hit at that point," Swisher said. "Guys were saying, `Hey, we stick around long enough, we're gonna get this.' And that's a great feeling to have."

Chris Colabello homered for the Twins, who jumped on Salazar for two runs in the first inning and were coasting toward a win when Pelfrey fell apart.

"It kind of ruins the whole day, no matter how the first four innings went," Pelfrey said. "The game got away from me. It was kind of like a kick in the stomach."

Gomes got things started in the sixth with his leadoff homer, a lined shot into the center-field bullpen to trim Minnesota's lead to 2-1. Lonnie Chisenhall walked and Nyjer Morgan sacrificed.

Up came Swisher, who fell behind 0-1 before belting his homer, a towering fly pushed deeper into the right-field seats by the gusty winds.

Swisher posed to watch the ball's flight and then punctuated the homer by flipping his bat as he headed down the first-base line. After crossing home plate, the Ohio native saluted Cleveland's crowd by raising his arms and making an "O" and then "H" an "I" and "O."

It was typical Swisher -- animated and enthusiastic.

"I think everybody gets a kick out of it," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Swisher's theatrics. "Maybe not the other team. But I think our guys like it."

Said Swisher: "I'm going to be who I am."

Before the game, Swisher complimented Cleveland's front office for signing All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract hours before the opener.

"Bro, I think it's awesome, so amazing," he said. "I feel that we're starting to create an identity of who we are."

That process began last season, when the Indians won their last 10 games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. They lost the wild-card game to Tampa Bay, but Cleveland entered this season with expectations to go even further this October.

Until then, Swisher wants everyone to stay warm.

"Everybody go home and get a hot cocoa," he said.

Notes

Cleveland has won seven straight over Minnesota. ... Kipnis' signing means 16 of the 25 players on the Indians' roster are signed through at least 2016. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has a special fondness for Progressive Field, known as Jacobs Field for most of its history. "I love this place," he said. "It's a beautiful atmosphere with the city in the background and the dude banging on the drum out there. Not too many ballparks have fans sitting right next to your dugout in a glassed-in area offering you a beer." ... Former Indians manager Mike Hargrove threw out the ceremonial first pitch, skipping it to first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who played for Hargrove.

 
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Nick Swisher connects for a two-run homer to help lift the Indians past the visiting Twins.  (USATSI)
Nick Swisher connects for a two-run homer to help lift the Indians past the visiting Twins. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

B. Dozier
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Cleveland

N. Swisher
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B5130022 .167
Joe Mauer, 1B4010011 .125
Josh Willingham, LF2011100 .333
Chris Colabello, DH4111014 .429
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4010013 .412
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4010022 .111
Kurt Suzuki, C2000212 .417
Aaron Hicks, CF4000012 .267
Pedro Florimon, SS3010010 .125
   a-Jason Kubel, PH1000010 .250
Mike Pelfrey, P0000000 .000
   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000 .000
Totals33292311  
a-struck out for Florimon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Dozier (1, Salazar), Joe Mauer (1, Salazar), Trevor Plouffe (2, Allen)
HR - Chris Colabello (1, Salazar)
SF - Josh Willingham (1)
RBI - Josh Willingham (1), Chris Colabello (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Colabello (6)
CS - Oswaldo Arcia (1, 2nd base by Salazar/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (L,0-1) 5.1333332 5.06
Casey Fien 1333000 10.13
Caleb Thielbar 0.2211110 9.00
Samuel Deduno 1200010 5.40
IBB - Santana by Caleb Thielbar
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 81-46, Casey Fien 18-13, Caleb Thielbar 16-8, Samuel Deduno 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-6, Casey Fien 1-2, Caleb Thielbar 1-0, Samuel Deduno 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 22, Casey Fien 6, Caleb Thielbar 5, Samuel Deduno 5
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF4121010 .250
Nick Swisher, 1B5223012 .222
Jason Kipnis, 2B3000122 .188
Carlos Santana, 3B2010200 .308
Michael Brantley, LF4012003 .333
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000005 .143
David Murphy, RF4000011 .167
Yan Gomes, C4221000 .300
Lonnie Chisenhall, DH3220100 .600
Danny Salazar, P0000000 .000
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   Blake Wood, P0000000 .000
Totals33710745  
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (1, Thielbar), Carlos Santana (2, Pelfrey), Lonnie Chisenhall (1, Fien)
HR - Nick Swisher (1, Pelfrey), Yan Gomes (1, Pelfrey)
SH - Nyjer Morgan (2)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (2), Nick Swisher 3 (4), Michael Brantley 2 (5), Yan Gomes (1)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Brantley 1
DP - Gomes-A. Cabrera
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Salazar 5.2722341 3.18
Josh Outman (W,1-0) 0.2000000 0.00
Bryan Shaw (H,1) 0.2000020 0.00
Cody Allen 1200020 0.00
Blake Wood 1000030 0.00
IBB - Willingham by Danny Salazar
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Salazar 95-55, Josh Outman 5-3, Bryan Shaw 9-8, Cody Allen 24-16, Blake Wood 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Salazar 3-8, Josh Outman 1-1
Batters Faced - Danny Salazar 25, Josh Outman 2, Bryan Shaw 2, Cody Allen 5, Blake Wood 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41274
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Paul Emmel