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A nice way to open the season, eh? Last year, Bob Wickman imploded in his first save opportunity. This season's first outing was relatively calm by Wickman's usual standards.

The bullpen as a whole was excellent, especially Guillermo Mota, who pitched 2 scoreless high-leverage innings. Danny Graves was hit hard, but got the game to the 11th inning.

Casey Blake looked excellent in the outfield, and Jason Michaels, the other corner outfielder, capped off a 4-for-5 day with a game-winning double in the 11th.

The Indians have yet another off-day before the home opener on Friday. It's a good thing they have one, because they used everyone in the bullpen except Fernando Cabrera and Jason Davis today.

In other news:

Baseball America's take on Carlos Alvarado:

Alvarado, 20, signed out of Venezuela in 2001 and made his U.S. debut last year, batting .296/.412/.497 with six homers, 32 RBIs and nine steals in 48 games in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He has average tools across the board, most notably power. He's still raw, as he overswings and tries to pull too many pitches at the plate and lacks instincts the outfield. He has enough arm strength to fit in right field.

BA writer (and former Kinston beat reporter) Chris Kline takes an in-depth look at how the Indians set their organizational rosters.

And BA also has the latest minor-league transactions up. Some notable releases include Chad Pennington, Jason Young, Anthony Lunetta, and JJ Sherrill.