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Grammy winner to sub for Cleveland Indians’ drummer in opener

Jul 25, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; General view of Progressive Field before the game between the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 25, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; General view of Progressive Field before the game between the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A star will replace a legend in Cleveland on Monday.

Black Keys drummer and Indians fan Patrick Carney will play the drums in the stands during the Indians’ home opener against the Detroit Tigers. He’ll be substituting for longtime team drummer John Adams, who is recovering from surgery and will miss his first opener in Cleveland in 48 years.

Carney will sit in Adams’ typical area in the left-field bleachers at Progressive Field.

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“When I found out that John Adams wouldn’t be able to make Opening Day in Cleveland for the first time in almost 50 years, I reached out to the team,” Carney said in a statement. “I share John’s love of baseball and the Cleveland Indians franchise, and drumming for him during the home opener when he can’t physically be there feels like a meaningful way to show John the love and respect he deserves.

“I want to be there for John.”

Carney and singer Dan Auerbach, both from nearby Akron, make up the Black Keys. The rock duo has won four Grammy awards.

–Field Level Media