American flags waved everywhere. Fans decked out in

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American flags waved everywhere. Fans decked out in red, white and blue cheered. And for the first time in a week, there was some laughter and smiles.

"I thought the fans might be a little subdued," Fryman said before hitting a grand slam in Cleveland's 11-2 win over the Kansas City Royals Tuesday.

"But there was a lot of hollering. With the fans yelling 'U-S-A' you really sensed the magnitude of the events of the last week.

"I think everybody feels a great sense of togetherness. I'll remember this game and the events leading up to it forever."

Fryman hit a grand slam during Cleveland's seven-run fifth, Kenny Lofton homered twice and the Indians returned from a weeklong layoff following the terrorist attacks with a lopsided win.

"I was wondering how we would react, and I think we reacted pretty well," said Indians manager Charlie Manuel. "There was a lot of chatter in the dugout, and Kenny's homers really got us going."

There were other reminders of last week's tragedies.

Indians catcher Eddie Taubensee wore a firefighter's helmet. Mike Sweeney sang "God Bless America" in Kansas City's clubhouse before the game just like Cleveland fans did during the seventh-inning stretch, replacing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

One fan dressed up like the Statue of Liberty and cardboard American flags handed out beforehand flashed from nearly every seat in the Jake.

Following a somber week of grief, baseball was back.

Indians fans came carrying flags and decked out in their usual red, white and blue garb _ Cleveland's team colors _ to cheer for the home team and America.

None of the 34,795 seemed to mind having their bags and belongings checked after coming through the turnstiles as part of baseball's new security plans.

They may have been briefly delayed in line, but Cleveland's fans didn't have to wait long to cheer as Lofton homered leading off the first.

Lofton homered again in the third, driving a 3-2 pitch from Chad Durbin (7-15) over the wall in right-center for his 14th homer.

The Royals loaded the bases on three straight singles in the third, but scored just one _ on a passed ball with two outs _ when Finley struck out the side.

"That was the turning point," Manuel said.

The evening began with an emotional pregame ceremony featuring a moment of silence for the dead and missing in New York. Members of Cleveland's Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Medical Services threw out ceremonial first pitches, and the players wore caps from the three forces.

Moments before the ceremonies began, a Cleveland fireman asked Taubensee if the Indians catcher would wear his protective headgear onto the field.

"I said, 'Sure, I'd be honored,"' Taubensee said. "Those guys are the real heroes, not ballplayers. Our lives aren't in danger where we work. I was like a little kid. That was real neat."

Chuck Finley (7-6) had his second straight impressive outing, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. The Indians hope the left-hander, who has spent two stints on the DL, is straightening himself out before the postseason.

Notes: Indians RHP Paul Shuey, activated from the DL on Tuesday, pitched for the first time since July 21. ... Fryman's slam was the fifth of his career and first since Aug. 2, 1996. ... Fans voted to have Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." played over the public-address system during the middle of the third.

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