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03/02/10 3:10 PM EST
Indians' first spring test comes Friday
Masterson to go vs. Reds in game shown live on MLB.TV
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Like all good neighbors greeting the new family on the block, the Indians will roll out the welcome wagon on Friday in their Cactus League opener. Turning over the first new leaf off a disappointing 2009 season, the Indians will launch their 32-game exhibition schedule with a 3:05 p.m. ET game in Goodyear Ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds. The game will be available around the globe live on MLB.TV (and can later be seen on demand). Justin Masterson will draw the opening starting assignment from Cleveland manager Manny Acta for the "road" game. It means the Indians will be on the road for about 600 yards, covering the distance from their training complex to the sparkling stadium they inaugurated last spring. Kerry Wood, Aaron Laffey, Rafael Perez, Chris Perez, Joe Smith and Saul Rivera are all scheduled to follow Masterson, whose mound opponent will be Mike Lincoln. The opener will be the first game of a home-and-home series with the Reds, who have caught up with the Indians in the Valley by completing their own move over from Florida and the Grapefruit League. The teams share the Goodyear baseball complex, each with its own training facilities in close proximity. Friday's game will also be the first of six between the Ohio clubs. In their return to Cactus League play last year, the Indians went 10-18.