Clevinger to start home opener for Cleveland against Chicago

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The day is here: the Indians Home Opener!

The Indians (91-71, first in the AL Central in 2018) hosts the Chicago White Sox (62-100, fourth in the AL Central in 2018) April 1 in a sold-out game.

Gates at Progressive Field opened at 2 p.m. and the pre-game activities, including player introductions, the national anthem and the ceremonial first from Wayne Kirby.

Mike Clevinger starts on the mound for the Tribe after an outstanding 2018 season, where he logged 200 innings with 207 strikeouts.

Ivan Nova will start for the White Sox.

The Indians are favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 runs

The Indians went 49-27 in division play in 2018. Cleveland averaged 8.9 hits with 3.3 extra base hits per game last season.

The White Sox finished 30-46 against AL Central Division opponents in 2018. Chicago pitchers struck out 7.8 hitters a game last season with a staff WHIP of 1.43. The Indians won the season series 14-5 in 2018.

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