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N&N: The Cleveland corner outfield blues

Morning news and notes for Monday, March 21, 2022

MLB: Spring Training-Cleveland Guardians at Oakland Athletics Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to more good than bad this week!

Guardians News

Yu Chang homers in 9-9 with A’s | mlb.com

Oscar Gonazalez also went deep for the Guardians.

An early look at the Guardians’ corner-outfield competition | cleguardians.com

It’s rather bleak at the moment. From Scott Bordow:

An answer from Guardians manager Terry Francona about a positional battle made perfect sense. It also revealed something else.

Francona was asked Sunday if Bradley Zimmer and Oscar Mercado had a leg up to be the starting corner outfielders based on their Major League experience.

“Two games into camp?” Francona said before Cleveland’s 9-9 tie against the A’s in Cactus League play. “I don’t think we feel any need to name a lineup two days into Spring Training.”

It’s the logical answer, but it also speaks to the uncertainty at those positions with the regular-season opener only 18 days away. The Guardians can’t be sure who will start in left or right field or even if those players are on their 40-man roster.

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