Jack Hannahan barely even won the starting third base job over Lonnie Chisenhall in spring training, but wasted little time affirming his manager's decision on Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians.
In his first at bat of the season, Hannahan knocked a three-run homer out of the yard to extend Cleveland's advantage to 4-0 over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays after just two innings. Hannahan, who was slotted in the ninth spot in the order, entered the season with 23 career home runs and a .231 average and could have bought himself a bit more playing time in the near future if his bat stays hot.
In addition to Hannahan, Cleveland starter Justin Masterson also looks sharp in the early going with five strikeouts and only one hit allowed. Masterson will be counted on for a big year as the most consistent presence in the Indians' starting rotation.