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Giovanny Urshela embracing challenge for utility spot

Morning News and Notes for Saturday, March 17, 2018

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

Cleveland 3, Athletics 7

Cleveland Indians fall to Oakland, 7-3; Bradley Zimmer, Giovanny Urshela homer in losing effort | - Bradley Zimmer started Friday's game with a home run, but the Indians didn't do much after that in a 7-3 spring-training loss to the Oakland A's at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. The A's scored five runs off reliever Carlos Torres in the seventh inning to break a 2-2. tie.

Other Indians News

On Frankie and Gio and 5 other things we learned about the Cleveland Indians on Friday | - This winter Urshela and Lindor worked out together at Lindor's old high school, Monteverde Academy, near Orlando, Fla.

When Danny Salazar rejoins Cleveland Indians, the bullpen probably isn't an option | - Francona believes that Salazar thrives on routine.

Urshela and Gonzalez in competition for spot - The situation becomes a bit more complicated when considering that Urshela and Gonzalez are among the handful of players -- lefty Ryan Merritt being another -- who are out of Minor League options this year.

Indians to hold Yan Gomes back for Vegas trip | - Indians manager Terry Francona noted on Friday morning that Gomes is currently dealing with some minor arm soreness, so the catcher will remain in Arizona.

Wahoo protests still set for Opening Day | - As they have for 25 years, Native Americans and others plan to demonstrate outside Progressive Field for the Cleveland Indians' April 6 home to protest the team's name and Chief Wahoo logo, which they say are racist and dishonor the heritage of indigenous people..

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