Maybe Sunday's rout by the White Sox wasn't a dark harbinger of trying times.
This afternoon, Indians pitching was sharp as starter Jake Westbrook allowed just two runs over seven innings, and Cleveland cruised to an 8-2 win.
Aaron Boone -- yes, that blind-as-a-bat Aaron Boone from a year ago -- had four hits incluiding a home run as the Indians kicked Chicago starter Freddy Garcia out of the game after four-plus innings.
Boone also stuck his neck out, crashing into White Sox catcher A.J. Pierszynski to jar the ball loose on a play at the plate. Boone scored on the play.
The Indians answered Chicago's six-run rout with a six-run rout of their own. Touche.
And so the drama begins.