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Morning news and notes for Friday, February 23, 2018.

Cleveland Indians Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Happy Friday, everyone! Today is the very first spring training game for the Cleveland Indians. There will be actual baseball being played in just a few short hours. I am excite.

Tribe news

Clevinger set for first action against Reds | MLB

The first pitch of the spring will be thrown by Mike Clevinger. He’ll be backed up by Francisco Lindor, Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso, Rajai Davis, Melvin Upton Jr., Brandon Barnes, and Drew Maggi.

Mejia among Indians’ dark-horse candidates | MLB

Francisco Mejia is the best catching prospect in all of baseball and is the heir apparent to Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez, and he’ll fight for a spot on the roster this year. Whether he makes it back to Cleveland this year or not remains to be seen, but he’ll at least get some reps in the coming month in Goodyear.

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