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Cleveland has players on both sides of the championship game, and the marketing science behind the Indians' giveaway strategy this season

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Ezra Shaw

Dominican Republic to face Puerto Rico in WBC final: It's Carlos Santana v Mike Aviles for all the glory.

Old-School Marketing Practice Comes to Cleveland Indians | Data at Work - Advertising Age: The Cleveland Indians are using marketing-mix models to sell baseball tickets and optimize promotions. Results told them to do more giveaways, but give fewer freebies at each one.

Ubaldo Jimenez goes 5 1/3 as Cleveland Indians rally late for another Cactus League victory | Write-up of yesterday's game in the Cleveland paper of record.

Matsuzaka accepts demotion, Capps pondering future as Tribe shrinks roster : After telling veteran right-handers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps they would not make the opening-day roster, Matsuzaka has said he'd like to stay with the organization, while Capps is mulling a reply.

Perez ahead of schedule, throws bullpen session : The Indians have not ruled Chris Perez out for Opening Day. As far as the All-Star closer is concerned, there is not even a question that he will be completely over his minor right shoulder injury in time for the regular season. Also, other notes from Bastian, including Cord Phelps and his excellent spring,

Tribe options shortstop Diaz to Clippers | The Columbus Dispatch: Tribe optioned shortstop Juan Diaz to Clippers, and assigned four others to minor league camp: Preston Guilmet, Matt Langwell, Joe Martinez and Cedric Hunter