Indians Kick Off Spring Training

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GOODYEAR, Arizona —

The Cleveland Indians began their 2012 season on Saturday as they opened up Spring Training with a full-team workout.

The Tribe is looking to build off their collapse in the American League Central Division last year. The Indians boosted their pitching staff in the offseason with the addition of Kevin Slowey from Minnesota and Derek Lowe from Atlanta.

Most believe 26-year-old Justin Masterson is on pace to be the Tribe’s opening-day starter against Toronto.  Masterson was 12-10 last year with a 3.21 ERA.  He believes consistency is the key for the Tribe in 2012.

Before the Tribe even took the field for their first official team workout on Saturday, they received the news that outfielder Grady Sizemore is bothered by a back injury and may not be available for opening day.  Sizemore was recovering from a right knee injury which sidelined him for most of last season.

When it comes to the power, much has been made about the Tribe’s lineup.  Almost the entire batting order is littered with left-handed hitters. Indians Manager Manny Acta is not worried.  Acta said the Detroit Tigers, who won last year’s Central Division Crown, had one left-handed pitcher in their rotation and they survived just fine.

We’ll see if the Tribe can do the same thing this year. Opening day for the Indians is set for April 5.

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