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Morning news and notes for Sunday, March 18, 2018.

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Happy Sunday, everyone!

Indians 5, Cubs 1

Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

Cleveland sent two squads against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, and one of them featured a solid five innings for Trevor Bauer and a grand slam from Roberto Perez.

Indians 4, Cubs 11

Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

The other game on Saturday was not as fun for the Cleveland Indians. Ryan Merritt got battered for eight earned runs in just three innings. The offense only managed six hits, including two more for the red hot Jason Kipnis and a home run from Mike Napoli.

Tribe news

Unheralded Hasse continues to ‘widen eyes’ | MLB

With his recent inside-the-park home run, Eric Haase has been getting a bit more notoriety in a system that is often dominated by the current MLB duo of Yan Gomes/Roberto Perez and top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.

Brantley hits 1st spring homer in Minors game | MLB

He has yet to play in a major league spring training game, but Michael Brantley continued to show signs of life in a minor league game yesterday when he belted his first home run.

Nicks and bruises starting to mount as Cleveland Indians begin stretch run to Opening Day | Cleveland.com

Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez became the latest additions to the “nursing injuries” list on Saturday. Other members of this club include Danny Salazar, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, and Brandon Guyer.

When Danny Salazar rejoins Cleveland Indians, the bullpen probably isn’t an option | Cleveland.com

Taking Salazar out of the rotation means he wouldn’t have a regular routine, and that could prove difficult for Danny given his recent history with arm injuries.

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