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Recaps

Cleveland Indians recap: Tribe gives up 8 in one inning, lose to Royals - Let's Go Tribe - The Cleveland Indians took an early lead over the Kansas City Royals on Friday, but were done in by an 8-run inning. Spring training scores don't matter though; the first in-game appearance for Danny Salazar was the bigger story.

Cleveland Indians victimized by ugly fifth inning in 11-9 loss to Kansas City | cleveland.com - The Indians defense and the forces of nature conspired against them in the fifth inning Friday as the Royals scored eight runs on the way to a lopsided Cactus League victory at Goodyear Ballpark.

Salazar debuts in pitch for rotation, Marcum solid in relief | indians.com - An eight-run outburst in the fifth inning on a windy afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark helped power the Royals to a 11-9 Cactus League win over the rival Indians on Friday.

System error: Starters weren't at fault, but Cleveland Indians offer sloppy defensive showing | cleveland.com - Mistakes were contagious at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday afternoon. Even the scoreboard operator committed a couple of errors.

Other Tribe News

Danny Salazar makes spring debut for Cleveland Indians; apologizes for distraction of police investigation (photos, videos) | cleveland.com - Manager Terry Francona pleased with Danny Salazar's two innings against Kansas City on Friday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Around the Horn

Minnie Minoso deserved greater appreciation. | SportsonEarth.com : Allen Barra Article - Despite his status as the Latin Jackie Robinson, the career of Minnie Minoso, who died on March 1, has never been fully appreciated. We'll never know exactly what he went through, and he was also never properly honored for his outstanding career.

Projecting 2015 strengths of schedule | FOX Sports - You don't see a lot of discussion about strength of schedule in baseball, but that doesn't mean it's irrelevant. Let's take a look at who has the edge.

Preparing for defensive shifts should start now. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article - Much of the continued adjustment to the rise of the shift has to take place behind the scenes and between the ears, where more players and managers are embracing the idea of bunting. Spring Training might be the optimal time, though, to experiment.

MLB declares Hector Olivera a free agent | HardballTalk - Cuban infielder Hector Olivera is free to sign with a team of his choosing now that he has been declared a free agent.

24 scouts were on hand for Cole Hamels’ spring debut | HardballTalk - Cole Hamels will be drawing plenty of eyeballs throughout the spring, as he remains a potential trade chip for the Phillies.

Casey Kotchman is making a comeback with the Royals | HardballTalk - Kotchman was the Angels' first-round pick in 2001 and played 10 seasons in the majors for seven different teams, most recently with the Marlins in 2013.