CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner's return to Cleveland was a triumph for him and a nightmare for his former team.
Hafner was 2-for-3, with two walks, a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored, and Robinson Cano belted a double and two home runs as the New York Yankees routed Cleveland 11-6 on Monday, spoiling the Indians' home opener before a sellout crowd at Progressive Field of 41,567.
Hafner spent the past 10 years as the designated hitter for the Indians, who did not pick up the club option on his contract for 2013. He signed with New York and has been one of the Yankees' top hitters, hitting .391 with two home runs and six RBIs in the first seven games of the season.
The Yankees pummeled Cleveland pitchers for 13 hits, scoring runs in six of the first seven innings, most of the damage coming against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez (0-1) lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks.
Like Jimenez, Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda had a bumpy first inning, but unlike Jimenez, Kuroda (1-1) settled down after that. After the first inning Kuroda retired 13 of the last 17 men he faced, working 5 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season.
Kuroda left his last start, against Boston, in the second inning with a right middle finger contusion suffered when he was hit by a batted ball. After giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning Monday, Kuroda followed it with 4 1/3 scoreless innings, and Yankee hitters kept pounding away on Cleveland pitchers.
The teams exchanged three-run first innings to start the game.
New York's three runs came on a home run by Hafner, in his first at bat as an opposing player at Progressive Field.
The Indians countered with three runs in the bottom of the first on an infield RBI single by Michael Brantley and sacrifice flies by Jason Kipnis and Mark Reynolds.
Hafner tormented his former team again in the third inning with an RBI single to give New York a 4-3 lead, and Brett Gardner's RBI single in the fourth stretched it to 5-3.
The Yankees knocked Jimenez out of the game by scoring two more runs in the fifth to make it 7-3, one of the runs coming on Cano's first home run of the season, an opposite-field shot over the left field wall.
Notes: Indians DH Jason Giambi will be activated off the disabled list Tuesday. Giambi started the season on the DL with a strained lower back. . . After 10 years with the Indians, Hafner made his first appearance at Progressive Field as an opposing player. "It feels a little strange. I'm used to being on the other side," he said. . . Yankee shortstop Eduardo Nunez was back in the lineup after not starting the previous two games due to a bruised right biceps. . . Indians backup catcher Lou Marson was available on Monday after being unavailable in Sunday's game due to a strained neck. Marson suffered the injury in a home plate collision Saturday night in Tampa Bay.