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Indians news and notes: And NOW for Opening Day!

Morning news & notes for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

My thermal sensors detect no extreme external weather conditions.  Why are the meatbags not out here?
My thermal sensors detect no extreme external weather conditions. Why are the meatbags not out here?
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

So, last week, I predicted that we would be basking in the glow of the first Cleveland Indians victory of the season:

By this time next week, we're all hoping that the Cleveland Indians will have won the season opener the day prior.  Corey Kluber will throw 7 shutout innings, Francisco Lindor will go 3-for-4 with a go-ahead home run in the 8th, andCody Allen will shut the door in the 9th to bring the Tribe's record to a beautiful 1-0.

Apparently, Mother Nature thought that was silly and decided that Cleveland would be cold in April, thus postponing our celebration by a day.  For the vast majority of major league clubs, the first official game is already in the books, and many are gearing up for game #2.  For the Tribe, the season starts today (probably...what do I know, I'm not a weatherman).

Indians news

  • Cleveland Indians offering "enhanced" exchange for Opening Day tickets | Let's Go Tribe
    Is a game in April worth two in May?  You decide!
  • Perez healthy, passes concussion protocol | MLB
    Cleveland Indians' catcher Roberto Perez is looking good after being removed from Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers due to a possible concussion.  Luckily for Perez, all signs point to him being healthy and ready to go as the young season gets underway.
  • Trevor Bauer on his new bullpen role: 'As long as the team wins, it's fine' |
    There has been a lot of speculation recently on how potential ace/rap sensation Trevor Bauer will handle his recent demotion from the starting rotation to the bullpen.  Well, on the record, it looks like Bauer will do whatever it takes to put tick marks in the W column.  Here's to hoping that Trevor plays a key role in many Tribe victories to come.
  • Mike Napoli lends ride to old Red Sox teammates walking in Cleveland cold | Yahoo Sports
    NO FRATERNIZING WITH THE ENEMY...erm, I mean, what a nice guy.
  • Around The League

    • I tell ya, baseball doesn't win anymore.  We just don't.  But with Bryce Harper, we're going to make baseball fun again.  I promise you.  It's gonna be yuge.
    • And finally, even though we didn't play yesterday, at least we weren't the Padres:

    Now that that's out of the way, LET'S GO TRIBE!!!