CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley doubled home Francisco Lindor with two outs in the 10th inning as the Cleveland Indians celebrated their 2016 AL championship and then beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Tuesday in their home opener.
Brantley could only watch and cheer for his teammates last October during their postseason run after undergoing two surgeries on his right shoulder. But he’s healthy now, and after playing in just 11 games last season, Brantley made the most of his first home game since May 10 with his game-winning hit.
Lindor drew a two-out walk from Tommy Kahnle (0-1) before Brantley sliced a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line. Lindor was running on the pitch and scored easily.
It was the dramatic ending the Indians didn’t get in their last home game, a 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series. Cleveland led the majors with 11 walk-off wins last season.
TIGERS 2, TWINS 1: Matthew Boyd allowed one hit in six outstanding innings, and James McCann homered in the fifth to lift Detroit to a win at home.
Boyd (1-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth before Robbie Grossman broke it up by lining a clean single to left field with two out.
Hector Santiago (1-1) allowed only three hits in 61/3 innings, but one of them was a two-run shot by McCann.
TEAM VALUES: Forbes ranks the New York Yankees as baseball’s most valuable team for the 20th straight year and lists the Tampa Bay Rays with the lowest valuation.
Forbes estimates the Yankees are worth $3.7 billion, up 9 percent from last year. The Dodgers are next at $2.75 billion, a 10 percent increase.
Boston was third at $2.7 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($2.675 billion), San Francisco ($2.65 billion) and New York Mets ($2 billion).
At the bottom were the Rays ($825 million), Oakland ($880 million), Cincinnati ($915 million) and Cleveland ($920 million).
The average team value rose 19 percent to $1.54 billion.
BRAVES: Outfielder Matt Kemp has been placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday because of a right hamstring strain.
GIANTS: Catcher Buster Posey was placed on the seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms, a day after he was struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball from Arizona’s Taijuan Walker.
Former Sea Dogs catcher Tim Federowicz had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento to take Posey’s place.
MARINERS: Seattle placed shortstop Jean Segura on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.