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Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge

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The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:

Slider:

Jim Rosenhaus:

Paul Dolan:

Trevor Bauer:

Mark Shapiro:

Terry Francona:

Corey Kluber:

Danny Salazar:

Nick Swisher:

We’ll update as more participate!

Indians Homestand Notes: Fans’ guide to 8 games vs. SEA, TEX, CIN

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The Indians return home for eight games, including three game series vs. the Mariners (July 29-31) and the Rangers (Aug. 1-3) and a two-game series vs. the Reds (Aug. 4-5).

  • KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: August 1-3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, August 1
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, August 1
  • Fireworks (Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, August 1
  • Jim Thome statue unveiling: Saturday, August 2
  • Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank: Saturday, August 2
  • Fireworks (Thome celebration), presented by J.M. Smucker Co.: Saturday, August 2
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, August 2
  • Slider’s birthday: Sunday, August 3
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, August 3
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, August 3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Tuesday, August 5
  • Indians Duck Tape (10,000 fans), presented by ShurTech Brands: Tuesday, August 5

Don’t miss a minute of 20th anniversary weekend festivities!

The Indians are celebrating 20 years at Progressive Field throughout the weekend with special events. The schedule includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: A celebration of Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as the Voice of the Indians, with a pregame ceremony and his calls played throughout the game.
  • Saturday, Aug. 2: The unveiling of Jim Thome’s statue in center field before the game. Note: The ceremony will begin at 5PM, and all gates open at 4:30PM. Fans can watch the ceremony on the scoreboard.

The weekend also is KeyBank Hassle Free weekend, during which KeyBank will have many special offers through the At the Ballpark app. Fans should take advantage of the new public Wi-Fi at Progressive Field and download MLB.com’s At the Ballpark, then check in for special offers from Key. Plus, Key will be delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn, water and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Fans can guarantee themselves a Thome statue by using Promo Pass!

Fans can guarantee themselves a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank, with Promo Pass! By purchasing game tickets at Indians.com/PromoPass, fans can ensure a promotional item will be waiting for them inside the gates, even if the items are gone at the gate.

Tribe Park and Ride, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back!

Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio on 4 dates from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.

Upcoming TPAR schedule:

  • Aug. 2: Westlake(Dave and Buster’s) and Independence (Doubletree Hotel)

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Bauer motivates young players during Indians Youth Baseball camp visit

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The Indians Youth Baseball Camp, presented by Cleveland Clinic’s Children, is back for 2014. This year, the Indians extended the camps to five days at seven different locations around Northeast Ohio.

Through the camps, the Cleveland Indians present boys and girls of Northeast Ohio with quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game. The team also looks to develop leadership skills, positive characteristic traits and form a lifelong connection with the Tribe.

Former professional baseball player Matt Kata is in his first year as the Indians Manager of Youth Player Development. As leader of the youth camps and a Cleveland native, Kata is excited to be back home with the opportunity to positively impact kids in his own community.

Kata and his staff have broken the camp into six different stations, all focusing on a different fundamental. Along with the athletic aspects of the game, the staff also focuses on teaching the mental side.

“There’s a lot of failure engrained in baseball. Baseball is hard. So we take the mentality of focusing on controlling the three things that we can control: your attitude, concentration and effort (ACE). So every day our message is to come to camp, looking to ACE the day.”

With Friday being the final day of the Bath location’s camp, Kata and the rest of the staff had a few surprises to make it a memorable day for the kids involved.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer arrived to camp just as the participants were getting ready at their stations. Bauer hoped that through these camps, the team could continue to connect with kids in the community. He wants to show them that the Indians organization and players care about the region’s youth.

As soon as Bauer walked over to the pitching station, participants showed their excitement. One boy even yelled out, “Hey! It’s the real Trevor Bauer!”

Bauer spent the afternoon helping the participants understand some of the fundamentals of pitching. He spoke a lot about the energy of pitching and encouraged the boys and girls to move fast and create energy. After one young boy fell down hustling through a drill, Bauer commended him on his effort to move quickly. He emphasized that the only way you’ll improve is by pushing yourself to a place where you’re uncomfortable, failing, but then getting back up and trying again.

“We want to get better at baseball, we want to get better at school, we want to be better people, we want to be better in all parts of life,” Bauer said. “And the way that you do that is by finding your comfort zone, and you’re going to try to push yourself just outside that. You’re going to try to move a little bit faster, pay attention a little bit more in school; because that’s where improvement happens. You’re going to push yourself a little bit, and you’re not going to be good the first time you do it. That’s OK. That’s where we learn.”

After coaching and talking to each of the six groups individually, Bauer took the time to sit down with the boys and girls to answer their questions. Each participant also got an item of their choice signed by Bauer.

“I enjoyed stuff like this when I was younger… I hope I can give a little bit back.”

If you are interested in signing up for one of the remaining camps — Strongsville July 28-Aug. 1 and Burton, Aug. 4-8 — more information can be found at: Indians.com/youthbaseball

–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin/Photos by Dan Mendlik

Monday recap: Photos, postgame notes, Bauer/Carrasco combo

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CLEVELAND

The Indians took the first game of this 4-game series with the Angels and have now won a season-high 10 consecutive home games, longest win streak at Progressive Field since Tribe won 11 straight home games from July 11-August 1, 2013 – stands as the longest home win streak in the Majors this season…the Indians are scheduled to play 16 of their next 24 games in Cleveland entering the All-Star break in July.

At 22-11 (.666), Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors – winning 10 straight, 13 of 16 and 19 of the clubs last 25 games here in Cleveland.

The Indians and Angels are meeting for the 2nd and final time this season after the Indians were swept in a 3-game series in Anaheim earlier this season…Cleveland is now 45-39 all-time vs. the Angels here at Progressive Field.

TREVOR BAUER

Worked into the 7th inning for the second time in his last 3 starts and picked up his second victory of the season after allowing just 3 runs across 6.2 quality frames (W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R-ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 119 pitches/72 strikes).

Threw a career-high 119 pitches, most for an Indians pitcher this season and most since Justin Masterson threw 120 pitches on July 10, 2013 vs. Toronto.

Bauer has earned both of his victories on the season here at Progressive Field and improves to 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) through his first 4 home starts; has gone 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA (11 ER/16.0 IP) in an equal amount of road starts.

CARLOS CARRASCO

Worked the final 2.1 innings and earned his first career save, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out 4 of 8 total batters faced (SV, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 33 pitches/21 strikes)…marks the first save of at least 2.0 innings in a one-run game since Rod Nichols on June 19, 1991 at Chicago-AL.

In 12 games since moving to the bullpen, Carrasco owns a 2.14 ERA (5 ER/21.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts and 5 walks…over his last 6 games, Carrasco has allowed just one earned run over 12.0 innings, while notching 13 strikeouts against just 3 walks.

ASDRUBAL CABRERA

Staked the Indians to an early 2-0 lead, connecting for a 2-run homer in the second at-bat of the game following a lead-off single by Michael Bourn…the home run call stood after Crew Chief Joe West reviewed the call on the field (1:58)…marked Cabrera’s 7th home run of the season, tied with Chicago’s-AL Alexi Ramirez for most among American League shortstops.

Over his last 13 games, Cabrera is batting .298 (17-57) with 3 home runs, 5 doubles, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Cabrera hit his 3rd career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th in the final game of the Tribe’s last homestand on June 4 vs. Boston

CARLOS SANTANA

Gave the Indians a 4-3 lead with his 9th home run of the season in the bottom of the 4th off Angels starter Jered Weaver…Santana owns a lifetime .500 (10-20) average against Weaver, including 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks…has now hit safely in 4-straight games, registering 2 home runs and 3 RBI over that span.

Santana hit .343 (12-35) with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 6 walks, 8 RBI and 3 runs scored over the Tribe’s recent 10-game roadtrip.

Over his last 15 games around a 7-day DL stint, Santana has gone 17-51 (.333) with 4 homers, 13 RBI, 12 walks and 9 runs scored.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Lonnie, Handsome Mike, Bauer Outage pace Saturday win

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Tuesday recap: Photos, video, post-game notes from win over DET

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CLEVELAND

  • The Indians have taken the first two games of this 3-game series vs. Detroit halting the club’s brief back-to-back series loss skid at Toronto and vs. Oakland…today’s victory sealed the Tribe’s first series win over the Tigers since May 10-12, 2013 (2-1) at Detroit, and the first here in Cleveland since July 24-26, 2012 (2-1).
  • Cleveland improves to 3-1 in the season series vs. Detroit, as the two clubs split a pair of mid-April tilts at Comerica Park earlier this season; Tribe went just 4-15 vs. Detroit in 2013 (1-9 at Progressive Field).
  • For the second consecutive night, at least 3 Tribe batters turned in multi-hit efforts (all 9 starters had at least one hit)…the Tribe used a 4-run second inning to propel to an early 5-1 lead, as the club is now 17-5 on the season when plating at least 4 runs.
  • The Indians have won 5 of 8 and 9 of their last 16 games here at Progressive Field.

TREVOR BAUER

  • Making his first career start vs. Detroit, Bauer earned his first victory of the season (Highlights!) after limiting the Tigers to just 2 runs on 2 solo homers across 6.0 quality innings (W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 95 pitches/62 strikes).
  • Tonight’s victory marked his first career win vs. an American League opponent, as he entered tonight’s game 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA (10 ER/12.0 IP) in 3 starts opposite Tampa Bay, New York-AL and Chicago-AL.
  • Over his two starts with Cleveland this season, Bauer is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP) and has registered 13 strikeouts against just 5 walks.
  • In 4 career starts here at Progressive Field, Bauer is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP) and 22 strikeouts.

BULLPENNINGS

  • BRYAN SHAW relieved Trevor Bauer with one runner on in the top of the 7th and retired all 5 batters he faced across 2.0 spotless frames; Shaw has notched scoreless appearances in 21 of his 24 outings on the season…CODY ALLEN appeared in his team-high (T3rd in AL) 23rd game and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning; has allowed 0 earned runs in 20 of his 23 games this season.

MIKE AVILES

  • Plated the Tribe’s first 2 tallies in the club’s 4-run second inning, lacing a 2-run double to left scoring Swisher and Gomes…Aviles entered tonight’s game on an 0-9 slump and was just 1-for-last 18 over his last 5 games.
  • Marks the 3rd multi-RBI game for Aviles, the other’s coming on April 2 (GM 2) at Oakland (2 RBI) and most recently on May 9 at Tampa Bay (3 RBI).

ASDRUBAL CABRERA

  • Singled and scored the Tribe’s first run in the bottom of the first, and capped the 4-run second inning with an RBI single plating Bourn…Cabrera also chipped in a multi-hit effort in last night’s game and is now 4-9 with a run scored to start the series.
  • Over his last 12 games, Cabrera is batting .409 (20-47) with 2 home runs, 6 doubles, and 12 runs scored – average has gone from .205 to .268 over that span.

BRANTLEY EXTENDS HOME HIT STREAK

  • Has hit safely in 17 consecutive home games, one shy of the longest home hit streak by an Indians player in Progressive Field history (1994-2014) held by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000)…Alomar’s record-tying 18-gamer in 2000 is last home streak longer than 17 games…longest hit streak in Progressive Field history by any player is an active 22-game stretch by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (has hit safely in all 37 career games vs. Cleveland).
  • Over the course of the streak, the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season, Brantley has hit .400 (26-65) with 5 doubles, 6 home runs and 17 RBI…has hit safely in 22 of 25 home games overall.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Notched his 7th multi-hit game of the season, finishing tonight 2-5 with a pair of doubles, one RBI and a run scored; marked his 12th career two-double game, first since September 21, 2013 vs. Houston.
  • Bourn has hit safely in 4-straight games 20 of his last 23 overall – batting .271 (26-96) with 2 doubles, 4 triples, a home run, 10 RBI and 6 runs scored over that stretch.
  • Bourn owns a lifetime .417 average (10-24) with 3 RBI vs. Detroit’s Justin Verlander.

NICK SWISHER

  • Recorded his second consecutive multi-hit game following up last night’s 2-4 effort with two more hits tonight off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander…Swisher has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games, going 7-21 with 2 RBI over that stretch.

–Photos by David Cleveland/Stats courtesy of Baseball Information Department

Photo Gallery: Indians split Wednesday twinbill with SD

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The Indians split Wednesday’s traditional doubleheader with the Padres, winning the first game, 2-0, and dropping the second one, 2-1.

The Tribe got two more excellent outings from its starting pitchers: Zach McAllister went 7.2IP scoreless innings in the opener, marking the longest scoreless outing of his career, before giving way to Cody Allen in the eighth. John Axford earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth. Jason Kipnis provided all the offense the Indians needed, with a two-run homer in the sixth that just barely cleared the wall in center.

In the second game, Trevor Bauer, up from Triple A Columbus for a spot start, struck out a career-high eight batters but took a hard-luck loss. The Padres scored in the first on a bizarre play and call by the umpires: Chris Denorfia sent a long fly ball to right field that Elliot Johnson appeared to catch; upon transferring from his glove to his hand, he dropped the ball, and the umpires ruled no catch, putting runners on second and third with no one out. Bauer escaped the jam allowing only one run. (Here is video of the play.)

The Indians got a run back in the third on Mike Aviles’ sac fly, which scored Yan Gomes. But Bauer allowed a run in the sixth when Chase Headley singled with the bases loaded, scoring Everth Cabrera; Bauer again limited the damage, but the Padres limited the Indians to six hits for the victory.

Indians Game Information: April 9 doubleheader vs. San Diego

Starter Zach McAllister went 2 scoreless innings giving up just one hit.

CLEVELAND INDIANS (4-3) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (2-5)

RHP Zach McAllister (0-0, —) vs. LHP Eric Stults (0-1, 11.25)

Game #8/Home #5 » Wednesday, April 9, 2014 » Progressive Field

» 12:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/Indians Radio Network

CLEVELAND INDIANS (+Game 1) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (+Game 1)

RHP Trevor Bauer (Triple-A: 0-0, 1.50) vs. LHP Robbie Erlin (0-0, 0.00)

Game #9/Home #6 » Wednesday, April 9, 2014 » Progressive Field

» TBD (~20 min. after G1) » SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/Indians Radio Network

BLAME IT ON THE RAIN

  • Cleveland is set to play its second doubleheader (split or traditional) already this season, as the Indians & Padres saw their series opener get washed out on Monday night…rain showers have been somewhat omnipresent through Tribe’s first week, starting with a soggy 3-game series in Oakland that saw the Coliseum’s first rainout since 1998 and therefore Cleveland’s first doubleheader of 2014 (split)…the start of Cleveland’s home opener was also delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes on Friday.
  • Today will mark the earliest calendar date ever for the Indians to play a split or traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field (1994-2014); previous distinction belonged to a day-nighttwinbill on April 17, 1999 vs. Minnesota, while the earliest traditionalDH played at this ballpark prior to today took place on May 12, 2008 vs. Toronto.
  • Rain played a role early for Cleveland last year, as the team played 3 doubleheaders prior to the All-Star break for the first time since 1992.
  • Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 17-5 in 11 doubleheaders with 6 sweeps and 5 splits.

LOVE ME TWO TIMES

  • Broadcast Info: Both games will be carried live on SportsTime Ohio (TV) and WTAM (radio)…first pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 12:05PM (gates open at 11:00AM), while Game 2 is set to begin approx. 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
  • Media Availability: The Indians will make Terry Francona & Zach McAllister available in the HCH Multipurpose Room during the 20-min. window between games…the remainder of post-game player availability will take place following Game 2.

• Provided that Game 2 concludes prior to 7:05PM (the time of last night’s first pitch), the Indians & Padres have a legitimate shot atplaying their entire 3-game series in less than 24 hours.

  • Tickets: Fans currently holding or purchasing tickets dated April 9 may attend both games of today’s DH for the price of one…fansholding tickets for Monday’s rainout (April 7) may exchangethem for today’s DH, but MUST do so at the Progressive FieldBox Office.

WINS & LOSSES

  • San Diego made it interesting with a 3-run rally in the 9th, but the Indians hung on to take the series opener from the Padres by a score of 8-6 last night here at Progressive Field.
  • Cleveland is 2-2 mid-way through this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (1-0)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 in Detroit.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

  • Cleveland holds 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings, one half-game behind first place Detroit (4-2) & one half-game ahead of 3rd place Chicago (-1.5G, 4-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 6 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

AIN’T THAT PECULIAR

  • Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 3-43 when allowing 15+ hits to an opponent.
  • Last night marked the first time for the Indians to win a game in which they allowed 15-or-more hits, but collected fewer than 10 hits of their own since a 7-6 victory on April 28, 2006 vs. Texas (out-hit 8-15); prior to that ‘06 contest, you have to go back to a 4-3 win on Aug. 15, 1984 vs. Toronto (out-hit 9-17) to find another such instance…those are the only 3 such wins for Cleveland since 1953, while only 14 total examples were found dating all the way back to 1914.

NIGHT MOVES

  • Prior to Game 1, the Indians recalled RHP C.C. LEE from Triple- A Columbus to join the bullpen; to make room for Lee, the club has optioned RHP VINNIE PESTANO to Columbus.
  • In between games of today’s DH, the club will formally recall RHP TREVOR BAUER to start Game 2 as the 26th man permitted under MLB rules governing DH’s.

HERE COMES THE SUN

  • Regardless of when Game 2 begins, both of today’s tilts will be classified as day games…Tribe has gone 1-3 in day games against a 3-0 record in night games.

More relaxed in Year 2 in Cleveland, Bauer to make first big-league start Wednesday

Trevor Bauer throws his bullpen session today.

Starting at Tribe Fest in January, if you asked anyone around the Indians clubhouse their impressions of Trevor Bauer, you would have heard, “he seems relaxed, doesn’t he?”

Bauer, from his interactions with media, teammates and staff that weekend, seemed much more at ease in his second go-around in the Tribe clubhouse. It carried into Spring Training as well, where he pitched well save for one rough outing against the Angels and seemed, again, at ease with his surroundings.

After being optioned to Triple A Columbus to begin the season, he got a no-decision in his first start of the season despite striking out nine and allowing just one earned run in six innings.

So, what’s been the difference for Bauer, as he prepares for his first big-league start on Wednesday as part of the Indians traditional doubleheader with the San Diego Padres, necessitated by Monday’s rainout?

“This has been the first Spring Training that I repeated with one team,” Bauer said in a Spring Training interview. “I know the people around, the procedures, what’s expected. It’s a lot easier, when a lot of that stuff comes as second nature now. I don’t have to focus on who’s who and where do I go at what time?”

Those things may seem trivial, but Bauer — the No. 3 overall pick by Arizona in 2011, out of UCLA – said it can be a distraction. Now, he said, he’s better capable of fitting in in the clubhouse, and of focusing on pitching. Outside that one ugly line in Spring Training, he struck out seven in five innings, allowing just two runs. He’s also hit 97 on the radar gun in the early going.

“I’m a lot more relaxed when you can go auto pilot on that,” Bauer said. “You can focus on other stuff that’s going on, the fun stuff between the guys in the clubhouse, all the other stuff that goes on that makes you seem more integrated into the team. I may have missed some of that stuff last year because I was focusing on some of that other stuff because I was new and making sure I showed up at stretch at the right time.”

Indians Manager Terry Francona echoed Bauer’s thoughts before Tuesday’s  game, when he announced that Bauer would be called up as the team’s 26th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader, as allowed by Major League Baseball rules.

“A spot start is a tough thing to do, but he’s better situated for it right now,” Francona said. “He’s more comfortable with himself, with the organization. Familiarity has been good for him.

“His last four outings, he’s been pretty good. When you have success, confidence comes with it. Hopefully he steps in, goes six innings and keeps us going.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Indians Game Information: March 15 vs. Arizona

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (12-2-2) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (9-9-3)

RHP Frank Herrmann (0-0, 27.00) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.85)

Spring Game #17/Home #10 » Saturday, March 15, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WTAM, IRN, webcast

UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: SportsTime Ohio will air a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pmET following the final spring game broadcast on March 17 when the Indians and Reds square off at Goodyear Ballpark…the TV home of the Tribe aired its first special program in advance of Opening Day on Thursday, Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story; this hour-long documentary profiles the life and baseball career of Cleveland Indians legend, four-time All-Star and 1953 American League MVP Al Rosen…SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 regular season games in 2014…FOX will broadcast nationally the Tribe’s June 21 game vs. Detroit – which will feature the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel – while six other games (April 5, May 10, June 7, July 19, July 26 and August 9) will be broadcast on FOX’s new FOX Sports 1.

OVER THE AIRWAVES: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market at 4:05ET…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.

MASTERSON EARNS OPENING DAY NOD: After the affable right-hander worked 4.0 scoreless innings in Tuesday’s victory vs. Arizona, Tribe skipper Tito Francona  announced that RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON would be the club’s Opening Day starter for the 3rd consecutive year when the Indians open the season on March 31 at Oakland…the 28-year-old right-hander is set to become the first Tribe pitcher to start 3 consecutive openers since CC Sabathia took the bump for 3 straight from 2006-08 and the first right-hander to do so since Bartolo Colon from 2000-02…Masterson is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in his 2 career Opening Day tilts.

ROTATION TAKING SHAPE: After Wednesday’s victory over the Padres Tribe manager Terry Francona announced that RHP COREY KLUBER would start the club’s second game of the season on April 1 at Oakland; after battling for a roster spot and starting the campaign at Triple-A Columbus in 2013, Kluber went 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 24 starts/26 games after being promoted to the big leagues on April 17…Francona has also announced that RHP ZACH MCALLISTER will start the third game of the season…rotation hopefuls RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP JOSH TOMLIN and RHP TREVOR BAUER are tentatively batting for the 4th slot in the order, while RHP DANNY SALAZAR will round out the rotation as the club’s 5th starter.

TRIBE AT A GLANCE: The Indians played to their second tie of the spring yesterday, and have not suffered a loss since last Monday vs. LAA…after today’s game the Indians will play 3 straight contests away from Goodyear Ballpark including a split squad game tomorrow at San Francisco and Chigago-NL…Cleveland is 7-2 here in Goodyear…the Indians own the highest winning percentage in the Major Leagues (.857) and are just one win shy of most in the Majors…the Indians lost just their second game of the Spring on Monday after not suffering a loss over a 10-game span, going 9-0-1 with their only non-win coming in a 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria on March 8.

RE-RACK THE D’BACKS: The Indians will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the two club’s second and final matchup this spring…the Tribe defeated the Diamondbacks 7-1 last Tuesday in Scottsdale as Justin Masterson tossed 4.0 hitless innings, while Lonnie Chisenhall blasted a decisive 2-run homer…the two club’s split a pair of Cactus League meetings last season as Cleveland holds a 8-5 advantage since joining the CL circuit in 2009…the Indians are also 7-5 against the D’Backs all-time during regular season play, winners of 5 of the last 6 meetings…the two club’s will play a pair of 2-game sets this season on June 24-25 at Chase Field, and again on August 12-13 in Cleveland.

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