In the late 1980s, former Indians catcher Chris Bando learned about the knuckler the hard way because he had to catch it from Tom Candiotti and Phil Niekro.

"Trying to catch the knuckler is like trying to throw a blanket over a butterfly in a windstorm," Bando said of the experience.

If the Indians' 4-1 victory Tuesday night over Toronto in the season opener at Rogers Centre is any indication, Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia will come to appreciate Bando's words.

Arencibia was charged with three passed balls, including two in the Indians' second-inning rally, as he tried to corral the knuckler of R.A. Dickey, who was making his Blue Jays' debut after winning the National League Cy Young Award last year with the Mets.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the second and rode the pitching of Justin Masterson and the power of Asdrubal Cabrera to victory. The Indians and Blue Jays opened last season at Progressive Field with the Blue Jays prevailing, 7-4, in 16 innings.

Masterson (1-0, 1.50) struggled through three innings, throwing 70 pitches, before settling into the flow of the game. In the past two years, he's 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21 innings against the Blue Jays.

The victory was the first for Terry Francona as Indians manager. The Indians are Francona's third managerial stop, but his stomach was flip-flopping like a rookie.

"I've been doing this for a long time," said Francona. "I was so nervous the whole game, it surprised me. Early in the game, I realized how much I care about these guys already. It hit me like a ton of bricks.

"I was a nervous wreck. Hopefully, that goes away, the nervous part, not the caring part. I went through three [tins] of tobacco. My tongue is four sizes too big."