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Recaps

Corey Kluber with another solid start in loss to Diamondbacks - Let's Go Tribe - The Cleveland Indians lost 3-2 to Arizona Friday. Corey Kluber pitched well, allowing just 1 run and striking out nine.

Kluber pushes pitch count vs. D-backs to gain strength | indians.com - In a game befitting a matchup of a pair of Opening Day starters, the Indians and D-backs played a low-scoring game with Arizona winning 3-2 at Salt River Fields.

Corey Kluber strikes out nine in six-plus innings in Cleveland Indians' 3-2 loss (photos) | cleveland.com - Kluber threw 108 pitches, 74 for strikes. He allowed six hits and two walks.

Other Tribe News

McAllister's versatility gives Francona options | indians.com - The Indians made it known early in camp that right-hander Zach McAllister would be on the Opening Day pitching staff in some capacity. Cleveland has yet to reveal whether it will be as a starter or reliever.

Brantley heeds dad's advice, eyes opposite-field power | indians.com - Before Michael Brantley leaves for Spring Training each year, his dad offers a suggestion for the upcoming season.

Friday 5: Bold Predictions for the Cleveland Indians in 2015 - The Cleveland Indians are not used to beginning a season with such high expectations, but this year's team has a chance to be special, says Wahoo's on First.

Comfort food is a home run for CLE author, baseball devotee Susan Petrone: 5 for Friday | cleveland.com - CLE author Susan Petrone is a baseball enthusiast who bleeds Tribe blue and red. But the way she has taken that love of the game straight into her brand new novel, Throw Like a Woman, might just land her on a red carpet someday.

AL's hardest-working bullpen ready to turn it loose: Cleveland Indians quick hits (photos, videos) | cleveland.com - The Indians have "slow-played' their core relievers into Cactus League games this spring to keep them strong for the 162-game regular season.

The Top-Five Cleveland Prospects by Projected WAR | FanGraphs Baseball - Lindor and then everyone else.

Evaluating the Prospects: Cleveland Indians | FanGraphs Baseball - ICYMI - the preseason Fangraphs prospects piece.

Season Previews

2015 AL Central Preview: Watch Out, Detroit — Cleveland’s Coming " According to Jonah Keri at Grantland.com: "Now, more skeptical fans might argue that the team’s relatively quiet offseason was just another frustrating example of the Indians refusing to spend on upgrades. However, with a young pitching staff that includes five starters 29 or younger, the best way for the Tribe to improve might just be for the guys they’ve already got to simply get better. "

Our 2015 predictions for the AL and NL Centrals. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article - Indians picked third in this preview, behind Detroit and ...

Around the Horn

Marcus Stroman to complete his college degree while he rehabs | HardballTalkMarcus Stroman will be a proud college graduate the next time he takes the mound for the Blue Jays.

The AP Stylebook updates sports guidelines — outlaws "dingers, jacks and bombs" | HardballTalk - No word on "yicketty."

AP says don't use "dinger" or "jack"? Try these. | SportsonEarth.com : Tim Healey ArticleThe Associated Press Stylebook on Friday revealed a portion of its latest round of changes, including the suggestion that home runs should not be called "dingers," "jacks" or "bombs" anymore. Here are some alternatives.

White Sox claim Kyle Drabek off waivers from Blue Jays | HardballTalk - Drabek was once a top prospect and the Blue Jays acquired him from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade.

Breaking down the arrival time for top prospects | MLB.com - When will they arrive in the Bigs?Jonathan Mayo speculates.

Astros unveil the eat-on-the-go chicken and waffle cone | MLB.com - The cone makes it portable!