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Cleveland Indians nab Opening Day victory in thrilling fashion

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Morning news and notes for Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball is officially back! The Cleveland Indians completed the comeback yesterday against the Texas Rangers to get their first win of 2017, and it was an exciting one.

Indians 8, Rangers 5

LGT Recap | LGT Post-Game Show | Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

What was supposed to be a duel between two elite pitchers ended up being a slugfest between two of the top offenses in the American League. Neither Corey Kluber nor Yu Darvish looked sharp, both teams combined for five home runs, and the Tribe bullpen picked up right where they left off last season. Oh, and Edwin Encarnacion smashed his first home run as a member of the Cleveland Indians. OH, and Yandy Diaz was awesome.

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Let’s Do This, Cleveland | The Players’ Tribune

Jason Kipnis may not be on the field with his teammates at the moment, but he’s still showing the world that he is the heart and soul of this Cleveland Indians team. A truly fantastic read.

Kluber unfazed by early struggles in opener | MLB

As many speculated during yesterday’s game thread, Kluber seemed to struggle due to a busted callus on a finger on his pitching hand. Regardless, the staff ace was able to buckle down and keep the game within reach for the rest of his team.

With one swing, ‘Edwing’ shows why he’s here | MLB

I don’t want to get you too excited, but Edwin Encarnacion is on pace to hit 162 home runs this season. #Math’d

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley accepts challenge; makes opening day lineup | Cleveland.com

In 2016, Brantley struggled to get healthy and ultimately had a disappointing season. A year later, he was able to take the field with his teammates on Opening Day.

Jason Kipnis watched the Indians game at the NCAA finals | Yahoo Sports

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