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So long wind turbine, hello baseball that counts!

Jason Kipnis' future is bright. It's Opening Day.
Jason Kipnis' future is bright. It's Opening Day.

Cleveland Indians will be worth watching this year: Terry Pluto | : The off-season moves, starting with the hiring of manager Terry Francona, mean the Cleveland Indians are playing for this season -- a welcome change in a city where teams are usually waiting for the next draft.

Cleveland Indians still sorting out some roles in bullpen | : The Cleveland Indians will open the season with eight relievers on the roster, but only three of them -- Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith -- have defined roles.

Adding WAR and VORP to the sounds of summer: Article surveying broadcaster opinion on adding new statistics to broadcasting. Hammy is old school.

Five most memorable Indians season openers: The Indians have had a plethora of memorable season openers. Here are some of the best, from Tony Lastoria.

Progressive Field wind turbine is removed, was Cleveland State University demo project: Higher Education | The plastic corkscrew turbine on top of Progressive Field worked well but had to be removed because, in an ironic twist, panels were damaged by the wind.

Cleveland Indians announce full slate of 2013 Opening Day festivities | News: Committed to providing fans the best fan experience possible at Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians have a full schedule of pregame festivities planned for their Home Opener, April 8 at 4:05 p.m.

Scott Kazmir will face former team in first start: Cleveland Indians Insider | Left-handed starter Scott Kazmir pitched for Tampa Bay for six seasons before he was traded to the Angels. He'll make his first start for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday in Tropicana Field, his former home park.

Why the New York Yankees Will Miss Nick Swisher in 2013 - Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | "After watching the New York Yankees stumble out of the gates with an 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on opening day Monday, April 1, I was struck by something I didn't expect. The Yankees are a lot less fun to watch without Nick Swisher around."

Loran Smith: Eddie Robinson carries memories and souvenirs of career well-spent | Online Athens: Profile of 1948 Indians first-baseman Eddie Robinson

Reds' Ryan Ludwick injured in Opening Day loss | | LGFT Ryan Ludwick suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the third inning of Monday's Opening Day game against the Angels.

30 things we're looking forward to this baseball season. | : Emma Span Article: Ah, it's nice to finally watch baseball games that count and there many abstract reasons to be happy about that. But if there's one thing MLB fans will never, ever run out of, it's details. So, getting more specific, here are 30 things to look forward to this season.