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Indians top Cubs 8-3 as Kluber Gets Final Spring Tune-Up, Two Takeaways

The Cleveland Indians improve to 15-12 this spring as they defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Friday night in Goodyear.

Corey Kluber was on the mound for his final tune up before the regular season. After giving up two runs in the first inning, he setteld in and lead the Indians to a victory.

Kluber went 5.1 innings pitched. He gave four hits, two runs, two earned, a walk, and seven strikeouts. This will be his last his last outing before the regular season.

Here are three takeaways from tonight’s game: 

Haley Ramirez: The Indians took a flier on Ramirez this off-season. They are hoping to strike gold with the former Red Sox. Haley has been sharp this spring. He launched his first home run tonight and he finished the night going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and a home run. Ramirez could potentially be the middle of the order bat the Indians will need this season.

Infield needs help: Star shortstop Fransisco Lindor will start on the injury list this season. Second baseman Jason Kipnis will miss 7 to 10 days with low-grade calf strain according manager Terry Francona. The Indians are currently looking for a veteran infielder to help fill the void.

The Indians will face the Cincinnati Reds Saturday afternoon at 4:05 pm. Trevor Bauer will toe the rubber one last time this spring. He is 1-2 with an ERA of 3.80.

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