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Fans, players rally around Swihart after death of Jordan

Cleveland High School alumnus Blake Swihart had an RBI single Thursday for the defending World Series champion Red Sox in their 13-5 exhibition win over Washington.

It came a day after the death of his 23-year-old brother, Romell Jordan, a former Cleveland High football standout who went on to play at New Mexico. Jordan was found dead in a hotel room in Hobbs, where he worked a couple of days a week and commuted from the Albuquerque area.

Boston Red Sox player Blake Swihart, a Cleveland High School alumnus. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Swihart was pulled following his hit in the fourth and was greeted by a big hug from manager Alex Cora in the dugout as fans and teammates applauded.

Swihart hasn’t spoken to the media about Jordan’s death, but late Thursday, he posted the following on Instragram and Twitter:

Meanwhile, Swihart’s sister Kacie and University of New Mexico football, among others, posted on social media that a public memorial service for Jordan will be held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Cleveland High School’s concert hall.

“We’ve all been through this somehow, some way, throughout life, and we all deal with it in different ways,” Cora said in a story on “(Swihart) finds comfort around our team; we have a great group of people who will help him out. Those guys, they do care about him.”

While at Cleveland, because of family problems, Jordan lived with the Swihart family and became a brother to Swihart and his sister, Kacie.

Elsewhere in baseball on Thursday:

  • Moriarty High alumnus Matt Moore made his second start for the Tigers, surrendering two runs and three hits in 2⅓ innings of Detroit’s 7-6 win over Atlanta.
  • Albuquerque Academy alumnus All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman will play for the first time this year on Saturday, starting at third for the Houston Astros. Bregman was limited after minor elbow surgery in January.