The storyline of Indians Manager Terry Francona facing his former team for the first time in Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox has been heavily overshadowed.
It will be the first game for Boston since the explosions that marred the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Red Sox had wrapped up their traditional Patriot's Day game at Fenway Park hours before the blasts occurred. The park is also miles from the finish line of the race.
On WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show, tribe Vice-President Bobby DiBiasio said they will hold a moment of silence for their counterparts prior to the first pitch.
In terms of security, Bobby-D says safety is always at the top of their list when it comes to a fan's experience at the ball park.
He does mention they do not release what the team does exactly, for safety purposes. Their security protocols do include exercises on a regular basis.
The Tribe winding down spring training season with just two games left on the schedule before breaking camp and heading off to start the 2013 regular season April 2nd in Toronto.
(Cleveland Indians) The Indians fell to the San Diego Padres, 6-4, on Thursday in Peoria, Arizona. The Indians got a 2-run single from DREW STUBBS in the 4th inning and a solo shot from JASON KIPNIS the following frame, taking a 3-2 lead into the 7th inning before CHRIS PEREZ (1.0IP, 5H, 4R/ER) yielded a pair of 2-run homers that proved to be the difference.
The Indians will take on the Kansas City Royals tomorrow at Noon PT/3PM ET with UBALDO JIMENEZ making his final spring tune-up against RHP JEREMY GUTHRIE. The game will be aired live on 1590 WAKR.
The Indians fell to the Chicago White Sox, 5-4, in Glendale, getting a productive start from RHP DAISUKE MATSUZAKA (5.1IP, 5H, 2R/ER, 0BB, 3K) in his finest outing to date with the club. JASON KIPNIS had an opposite field RBI double in the 2-run 6thinning.
(Cleveland Indians) The Indians now stand at 16-14-3 on the spring and play the San Diego Padres on Thursday in Peoria at noon PT/3PM ET. The game will be aired on 1590 WAKR. RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON will make his final spring start before opening the season on Tuesday, April 2 in Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
The Indians also unveiled a video which continues the trend of an off-kilter branding exercise on the new look Cleveland Indians; this one features manager Terry Francona in a "Suri"-like appearance with players as a disembodied voice on a cellphone answering their questions.
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Cleveland fell to Colorado 18-4 last night at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, allowing spring highs in both runs and hits (26).
(Cleveland Indians) MICHAEL BOURN collected a pair of doubles, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. MICHAEL BRANTLEY (2-for-4), MARK REYNOLDS (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) and LONNIE CHISENHALL (2-for-4) also contributed multi-hit efforts. JOE SMITH had the lone scoreless outing by the Tribe pitching staff, fanning a pair over 1.2 frames.
CODY ALLEN, BRYAN SHAW and NICK HAGADONE each tossed 1.0 scoreless inning for Triple-A Columbus in a minor league contest against Albuquerque (Dodgers) earlier in the day.
The Indians are set to host the Oakland Athletics today for a 4:05pm ET first pitch at Goodyear Ballpark. RHP ZACH McALLISTER is set to take the mound opposite A's LHP BRETT ANDERSON.
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