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Indians Manager Terry Francona Announces Corey Kluber as Opening Day Starter

Indians manager Terry Francona announced on Saturday that two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber will be the starter on opening day Thursday for the Indians when they take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Kluber’s Thursday opening day start will be his fifth straight Opening Day assignment, marking the most opener assignments for an Indians pitcher since Bob Lemon did it from 1950 to 1956.

The decision as to who would start the opener came down to Kluber and Trevor Bauer, with Kluber getting the call against the Twins.

Bauer, who was in the Cy Young conversation last year before an injury in Chicago in August derailed his season, will be number two in the rotation.

The rotation will shape up like this for the Indians (with their 2018 records following their name):

1. Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89)
2. Trevor Bauer (12-6, 2.21)
3. Carlos Carrasco (17-10, 3.38)
4. Mike Clevinger (13-8, 3.02)
5. Shane Bieber (11-5, 4.55)

Clevinger will be the teams’ starter for the home opener at Progressive Field April 1st against the Chicago White Sox.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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