Eric Hosmer is batting just .203, but his teammates and manager Ned Yost maintain that the first baseman is just fine. "Hosmer's numbers are no justification for how he's swung the bat," Maier said. "He's hit more balls hard at people in the last week. ... He's swung the bat as well as you can but he hasn't had the luck." Hosmer appears to be turning it around, however, as he went 2-for-4 on Monday with a second-inning homer. Left fielder Alex Gordon has been scuffling at the plate, and Yost pulled him from the leadoff spot. Gordon batted second for the first time in his career on Saturday, and he's been there since, going 3-for-12 with a pair of strikeouts. Gordon, who hit .303 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs last year, is batting .177 this season, with two homers and five RBIs. Indians: Donald fills in admirably for Cabrera
Making the Tribe's road trip even more impressive is that they won four of the last six contests without All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who was on the bereavement list while in Venezuela following the death of his grandfather. "I think it's good for us that we won without one of our best players," Acta said. Jason Donald filled in for Cabrera in all six games and had five hits, including game-tying and game-winning RBI singles in a 9-8 triumph against Seattle on Tuesday. "He's played here before every day when Asdrubal broke his forearm [in 2010]," Acta said. "We kind of knew that coming in with guys like him. This is his third year now up here. It's about that time now where guys can feel more settled up here, feel more comfortable out there." The Indians activated Cabrera from the bereavement list on Monday. Derek Lowe will be looking for his second victory over the Royals this season when he toes the rubber on Tuesday. He allowed Kansas City 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings on April 13, but minimized the damage, yielding just three runs in Cleveland's 8-3 win. The Indians staked him to a seven-run lead in the first inning. "Any time you're pitching on the road in the other team's home opener, there's going to be a lot of excitement and a lot of buzz," Lowe said. "Our offense silenced them early. You can't ask for anything more as a starting pitcher." Worth noting
Cabrera may have returned just in time, as he is hitting .337 with six homers and 45 RBIs in 285 career at-bats against Kansas City.
The Royals' 10 consecutive losses at home to start the season matched something that hasn't been done in the Major Leagues for 99 years.The 1913 Yankees went through their first 18 home games without a victory, longest such stretch in history.