CLEVELAND: A walkup of 6,700 was only part of the story of Friday night’s flash crowd that numbered 34,282. Over the course of the entire day, the Tribe sold more than 12,000 tickets to the series opener against the Mariners that featured two promotions: Dollar Dog Night and postgame fireworks.
The 2012 and 2013 editions of the Tribe posted identical 23-17 records after 40 games.
Last year’s club scored two fewer runs than the opposition (176-178), whereas this season’s team outscored the opposition 197-169. Earned-run averages are almost identical, 4.01 in 2012 and 3.92 this year.
A big edge in home runs went this year's club; 55-34.
The Indians are seven games over .500 for the first time this season…..They are 13-8 at home but 11-2 in their past 13 games at Progressive Field. They also are 11-3 in one-run games…..Chris Perez allowed two home runs in an inning for the third time in his career.