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Justin Masterson named Indians' Opening Day starter

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Justin Masterson has been named the Indians' Opening Day starter for the third year in a row.

Masterson, in Toronto, 2013 opening day
Masterson, in Toronto, 2013 opening day
Tom Szczerbowski


Justin Masterson
was named the Indians' Opening Day starter for the third consecutive season. Last year, Masterson pitched 6 innings, giving up one run in a 4-1 victory over Toronto. Smith, Pestano and Perez each followed with a scoreless inning that day.

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