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N&N: Franmil Reyes leads Indians to win in spring opener

Morning news and notes for Monday, February 24, 2020

MLB: Cleveland Indians-Media Day Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to a great week!

Indians 9, Royals 5

Box Score

1-0 is better than the alternative! The Tribe had a big offensively, racking up 12 hits, two homers, and drawing five walks. Adam Cimber, James Karinchak both threw scoreless innings.

Tribe News

Franmil displays power, homers in win |

From Jesse Borek:

At 10:30 a.m. MT on Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz., Franmil Reyes was punishing balls during batting practice. Two consecutive pitches were sent into orbit and didn’t stop until they clanged off the scoreboard in right-center field.

Nearly four hours later in Surprise, Reyes did the same thing, this one counting as his first home run of the Cactus League season in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 9-5 win over the Royals.

That up-the-middle approach is something that manager Terry Francona and his coaching staff have attempted to drill into their hitters.

“In batting practice, [we tell our guys,] try to hit the ball the other way with authority,” Francona said. “It just keeps you on balance.”

Battling for spot, Karinchak strong in ST opener |

Hoping he keeps it up and earns a spot in the bullpen.

Terry Francona appreciates how well umpires call the strike zone |

The automated strike zone will be a part of some spring training games this year, but Tito notes that plate umpires are doing a much better job than years ago.

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