CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – ROSTER MOVES: The Indians announced before the opener vs the Jays that pitcher David Huff had cleared waivers, and would stay with the team, starting the year in Triple-A Columbus.
It’s a tough blow for Huff, who likely felt he was going to be able to find work somewhere on a Major League roster somewhere to start the 2013 season. The team also announced that outfielder Ezequiel Carrera had been snatched up by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Carrera had an outstanding spring, and will start the season as a backup outfielder in Philadelphia. The Phillies designated Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte for assignment to make room for the 25-year-old on the 40-man roster.
JUST OVER .500 IN OPENER: Tonight’s opener vs the Jays is the 113th Opening Day in Indians history, starting way back in 1901. The Indians are 57-55 (.509) all-time on Opening Day, but haven’t won on opening day in awhile, losing their last four, including a heart breaker last season when they had a 4-1 lead over the Jays heading into the 9th, but closer Chris Perez gave up three to lose the save.
The Indians have not only lost 4 straight on opening day, but have dropped 8 of 10, and 9 of the last 13. The last time the Tribe won on Opening Day was when they topped the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland to start the 2008 campaign by a score of 10-8.
TERRY GOOD VS THE JAYS: It’s the opener for Terry Francona along with the rest of the new Indians, and “Tito” has had a pretty good mark in his career vs the Jays.
Francona has a career managerial record of 86-72 (.544) against Toronto lifetime, and gong into this 3-game series at Rogers Centre his teams are
41-39 (.513) all-time.
WRAPPING UP THINGS IN THE DESERT: The Indians wrapped up time in Goodyear in the Spring a whole lot better than in 2012. Overall the team finished Spring Training at 17-16-2 (.515), good for the 6th-best winning pct. in the Cactus League and T6th-best in the A.L. overall.
The Indians offense was solid, as they batted .282 (350-1239) for the spring, 7th- highest in the Cactus League. New 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was very good in the spring, leading the Indians with 24 hits with 12 RBI. Those two numbers ranked among Cacuts League leaders in OBP (7th, .456), runs
(T7th, 15), AVG. (9th, .400) and SLG (9th, .667).
Both Ryan Raburn and Matt Carson each hit a team-high 5 homers, T7th-most in the Cactus League.