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Indians News & Links 2/27/14: Game on!!! (though it wasn't pretty)

First news and notes featuring actual Tribe baseball results for 2014.

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Rob Tringali

Actual Baseball

Cleveland Indians thumped by Reds in Cactus League opener | - The Indians couldn't hang with Cincinnati's hitters Wednesday as the Reds scored a one-sided victory in the first game of the Cactus League season for both teams.

Trevor Bauer, Aaron Harang begin Cleveland Indians rotation bids unblemished | NewsTrevor Bauer and Aaron Harang, competing for a job in the Indians' rotation, each turned in a scoreless inning Wednesday in the Tribe's first game of the Cactus League season, an 8-3 Reds' victory.

Notes From Camp

David Cooper relishing return from spinal-cord scare with Cleveland Indians | News - Cleveland's first lineup sheet this spring meant the world to David Cooper. One year ago, Cooper was still fighting the reality that his future might include being confined to a wheelchair.

Pestano pleased with first live throwing session | News - Bastian's notes column

Other Indians-Related News

Winner of Cleveland Indians Fan Designed T-Shirt Contest Decided; Shirt to be Given Out Sept. 6 Game | Cleveland Leader - After a week-long voting period, the winner of the Cleveland Indians Fan Designed T-Shirt Contest has been decided. The winner is a design by Greg Pennypacker featuring a Block C collage on a navy blue t-shirt.

Around the Horn

Carl Pavano retires after 14 major league seasons - LGFT Pavano announces retirement after failing to come back from injury.

These Are The All-Star Beards Of The Bullpen From MLB Photo Day 2014 - Beards may be forever banned from the New York Yankees locker room, but during the annual spring training tradition of Major League Baseball Photo Day, more than a few players around the game took the opportunity to flaunt their follicular flair. ...

What if every major league team had a food-related baseball cap? - The Crawfish Boxes - What if the IronPigs' bacon hat opened up the floodgates for other food-related baseball cap?

The Most- and Least-Improved Teams for 2014 | FanGraphs Baseball - Spoiler - it's not who you think.