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Michael Brantley takes fist spring at-bats, might start regular season with Tribe

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Morning News and Notes for Thursday, March 15

MLB: ALDS-New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland 7 - Los Angeles of Anaheim 0

Kluber throws 5 scoreless innings vs. Angels - Over five scoreless innings, Kluber faced 16 batters -- one over the minimum -- allowing one hit and three baserunners while striking out four on 56 pitches. He threw 15 more pitches in the bullpen as he looks to continue building his volume of pitches before Opening Day.

Other Indians News

Indians' Michael Brantley nearing return - Indians outfielder Michael Brantley got his first two spring plate appearances as a designated hitter in a Minor League game on Wednesday.

Indians' projected 2018 Opening Day roster - The deeper into spring Brantley gets, the more that Opening Day seems like it might be a realistic target for the two-time All-Star left fielder.

Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer has a lot of things going his way, including a new pitch | cleveland.com - But the thing he's really excited about is the slider he's been working on all winter. Bauer always has an array of available pitches. He brought six with him to spring training - a two and four-seam fastball, curveball, cutter, change up and slider.

Indians aren’t panicking about life after their super-bullpen | New York Post - Cody Allen and Andrew Miller — arguably the best 1-2 closing punch in the majors since being united at the 2016 trade deadline — are both in their walk year. With where the cost of elite free-agent relievers has gone — in part to the great success that Allen and Miller have had as a playoff tandem — it seems unlikely the Indians can keep either, much less both.

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