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Morning news and notes for Monday, March 4, 2019

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Here’s to a great week!

Royals 13, Indians 7

Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

Leonys Martin and Carlos Santana each went deep for the Tribe, while Jason Kipnis return to the lineup was a success, with two doubles. Kip still is rocking the 1.000 Spring Training batting average.

A couple of not-so-likely-to-make-the-team bullpen guys got rocked, but starter Sam Hentges (big lefty!) threw two scoreless innings, striking out three.

Tribe News

Goody, Anderson enjoy happy returns | Indians.com

From Mandy Bell:

Nick Goody and Cody Anderson have had their shares of injuries in their baseball careers, but both have officially returned to the mound.

Both tossed scoreless frames in the Indians’ 13-7 loss to the Royals on Sunday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. It was the first time Goody has pitched in a game since May 3 (right elbow arthroscopy), while Anderson (Tommy John surgery) hadn’t seen action since Sept. 28, 2016.

“It was just nice to see them on the mound,” manager Terry Francona said. “I thought Nick threw the ball free and easy, and his slider’s been really good from the moment he stepped on the mound. Now, we just have to get him some repetition. The same thing with Cody. Cody just needs to be on the five-day [routine], where he can throw a bullpen, pitch in a game, throw a bullpen. But this was a good first step for them.”

Newborn son makes Clippard eager for success | Indians.com

Good read about our new bullpen guy.

Shane Bieber on Cleveland starting pitching: “The sky’s the limit with this group” | cleveland.com

We agree, Mr Bieber.

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