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The Indians are depending on a comeback year from a healthy Nick Swisher. Plus, David Ortiz does not like the new pace of play rules. At all. Not even a little.

Nick Swisher with a bat in days gone by
Nick Swisher with a bat in days gone by
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Cleveland Indians veterans Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn take batting practice | cleveland.com - The Indians need healthy seasons in 2015 from Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.

Bruce Chen attempting to turn heads with Cleveland Indians this spring | cleveland.com - Chen did compile a 9-4 record and 3.27 ERA in 34 outings (15 starts) for Kansas City in 2013. He owns a career ERA of 4.58 over 398 big league appearances. Can he turn more heads this spring?

How Carlos Santana was helped by switch to first base: Cleveland Indians Scribbles | cleveland.com - Santana has really bloomed at first. "Playing there helps me and the team," he said. For his entire career, he has hit better at first (.270, .887 OPS) compared to catching (.241, .790 OPS) and DH (.257, .773 OPS).

Will Tribe relievers get an easy spring workload? Cleveland Indians quick hits | cleveland.com - Four Tribe relievers made 70 or more appearances in 2014. Bryan Shaw led the American League with 80 outings.

Murphy and Moss finally get to be on same team in majors | FOX Sports - Two long-time friends, Brandon Moss and David Murphy, finally get to play together in the majors after reuniting in Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians Fans Can Get Early Access to Single-Game Tickets | Indians 101 | Sports Media 101 - The Cleveland Indians are offering early online access to single-game tickets but you'll need to sign up by tomorrow.

Cleveland's brutal winter hasn't stopped work on Progressive Field's facelift | Crain's Cleveland Business - Northeast Ohio has had its largest number of subzero days since at least 1979, but crews continue to ready the 21-year-old ballpark for the debut of its dramatic facelift. Indians president Mark Shapiro said the vast majority of the renovations will definitely be complete by April 10.

Cactus League preview: Goodyear Ballpark guide - One of the newer parks in the league, this is the spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.

Around the Horn

Pre-Spring Divisional Outlook: AL Central | FanGraphs - Division preview from Fangraphs. They are bullish on the Indians.

Slowly, Phillies enter analytics era - The team, slow to change, is investing significant money in the building of a proprietary computer information system. However, Ruben Amaro will still be deciding whether to use any of it.

David Ortiz of Boston Red Sox calls B.S. at MLB pace rules - ESPN Boston - "Well, I might run out of money,'' he said. "I'm serious. I'm not going to change my game. I don't care what they say."

Baseball's 10 most irreplaceable players this season. | SportsonEarth.com : AJ Cassavell Article - When we look at player value, it's not enough to look at what an individual player contributes. Context is necessary to determine a player's impact on his team. These are the 10 most irreplaceable players for 2015, in the context of the playoff race.

Matt Kemp thinks the Padres have the best outfield in baseball. I don’t think he’s right about that. | HardballTalk - He's forgetting, it seems, that outfields also play defense.

Angels "bracing for penalties" as Josh Hamilton meets with MLB about "disciplinary issue" | HardballTalk - General manager Jerry Dipoto would only confirm that Hamilton is in New York meeting with MLB officials, declining to offer any further details.

Umpires are being instructed to avoid confrontations with players regarding new pace-of-play rules | HardballTalk - Fines and off-the-field enforcement will be the order of the day.

Alex Gordon able to take 15 dry swings Tuesday | HardballTalk - No word on when he will be able to take swings involving moisture.