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Nick Swisher returns, Corey Kluber tunes up in last spring start

Plus an extended PD piece on Terry Francona's bullpen usage

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Corey Kluber gave up 3 runs vs. Madison Bumgarner and Nick Swisher made his first official Spring Training appearance as the Indians fell 5 - 2 to the Giants.

Bumgarner and Giants defeat Cleveland Indians 5-2 - Let's Go Tribe - Corey Kluber struck out five in his last spring training start for the Cleveland Indians. The Indians lost 5-2 to the San Francisco Giants.

Cleveland Indians lose to San Franciso Giants, but have good day thanks to Nick Swisher and Corey Kluber -- Terry Pluto (photos) | - Nick Swisher has two hits in first game back, Corey Kluber pronounces himself ready for the opener.

Kluber strikes out five in final spring outing | - Indians right-hander Corey Kluber took the loss despite facing the minimum through the first three innings. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs on five hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings in his final spring tuneup before Opening Day.

Swisher knocks a pair of hits in return to game action | - "I was so stoked. I couldn't sleep last night. I was like, 'Man, this is like a playoff game for me.'"

Other Tribe News

Why does Terry Francona use the bullpen more than anyone else in the AL? 'It's our best chance to be good' | - Last year the Cleveland Indians became the first team in AL history to have four pitchers make 70 or more relief appearances. They also set the AL record for relief appearances. Why? They believe "leveraging" the bullpen gives them the best chance to win.

Cleveland Indians legend Joe Charboneau is back to take a whack at Hofbrauhaus baseball keg tapping | - Cleveland Indians legend Joe Charboneau will be tapping a keg at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland on April 9 (the day before the Indians' home opener against the Detroit Tigers). He will not be using his eye socket.

Cleveland Indians Prospect Profile: Giovanny Urshela - Despite last season's success, the Cleveland Indians still don't know if Lonnie Chisenhall is the answer. But they have help waiting in the farm system.

Indians' director of in-game experience's sports career began after simple email mistake - Cleveland Business News - Northeast Ohio and Cleveland - Crain's Cleveland Business - A former theater colleague told Leland Patton that Disney had an opening for which she thought he would be suited, but she mistakenly sent a different message that included a job opening with the Sacramento Kings.

Around the Horn

John Axford’s 2-Year-Old Son Bitten By Rattlesnake, Might Lose A Toe | MLB | NESN.comColorado Rockies reliever John Axford's 2-year-old son is improving following a rattlesnake bite.

NJIT mathematician's 2015 Major League Baseball projections - Even the New Jersey Institute of Technology has baseball predictions.

Hynes 'can't wait' to get started with Blue Jays - - Remember LGFT farmhand Colt Hynes? Of course you do.

We made 125 predictions for the 2015 MLB season. | : Will Leitch Article - The season begins Sunday night, so you want predictions. One hundred and twenty-five of them, to be exact.

10 most important MLB players nobody's talking about. | : Anthony Castrovince Article - A 162-game schedule leaves room for plenty of guys to have their say in the final standings. So as the 2015 season dawns, we identify 10 players who aren't getting tons of publicity, but who nonetheless will have a big impact on clubs perceived to be contenders. One of these ten is an Indian.

Report: Crisp needs elbow surgery, out 6-8 weeks | - The A's may be without outfielder Coco Crisp to start the season, as he will need surgery to remove a bone spur and chips in his right elbow, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The report notes that the arthroscopic procedure would sideline Crisp for six to eight weeks.

Wrigley Field has a jumbotron, you guys | HardballTalk - Now you all will know when it is time to "MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!!"