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News and Notes, 3/28/13

Profiles of Brantley and Hagadone, Matsuzaka makes last spring start, TJ McFarland decision by O's due by Sunday, how valuable are the Indians, and where Brian Tallet will by pitching to start the year.

Dice-K makes last spring appearance with Tribe: Will he be back?
Dice-K makes last spring appearance with Tribe: Will he be back?

First up, news of the Indians:

Daisuke Matsuzaka exits with strong performance in Cleveland Indians' loss to White Sox | Daisuke Matsuzaka said goodbye to his big league teammates on the Indians with a solid start against the White Sox on Wednesday.

For the Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, the job (not the position) is the thing: Terry Pluto | Pluto profiles Brantley.

Hagadone eager for fresh start in Cleveland | News: A wave of feelings went through Nick Hagadone when he learned he was going to be included in the Indians' Opening Day bullpen. Given the unfortunate way his season ended last summer, the lefty was thrilled to receive the chance at a fresh start right out of the gates.

Terry Francona eager to see his speedy lineup take off: Cleveland Indians Insider | The opening day lineup Tuesday against Toronto should look a lot like the ones manager Terry Francona has been using this week.

Forbes releases 2013 MLB franchise values; Indians rank 23rd | WaitingForNextYear: WFNY summarizes Indians' new valuation from Forbes.

Followed by news of the LGFT (former, and perhaps future):

Lefty T.J. McFarland is forcing the Orioles into a tough decision - Baltimore Sun: Orioles want to keep McFarland, but may not be able to work it out.

Barnstormers add a pair of ex-Major Leaguers - Sports: Wonder what became of Brian Tallet? He's now a Lancaster Barnstormer.

Rockies believe Triple-A time will boost Pomeranz | News: Rockies senior vice president Bill Geivett said the decision to send left-hander Drew Pomeranz down to Triple-A wasn't an easy call.

And finally, take off, eh:

Rush's Geddy Lee To Throw First Pitch In Blue Jays Home Opener: If you choose not to swing, you still have made a choice.