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• Indians manager Terry Francona said first baseman Chris McGuiness, who was selected from the Rangers in December's Rule 5 Draft, will receive some playing time in the corner-outfield spots this spring. If McGuiness does not make the Tribe's Opening Day roster, he must be offered back to Texas for $25,000.

"We're trying to enhance his chances," Francona said. "I mean, if you look at our roster, as a first baseman, it's pretty thick over there. The kid's got enough ability where, for us to Rule 5 him, there's people who really liked him. And he's more than willing to do it."

• The Indians' rotation race will be in full swing on Sunday. Zach McAllister and Daisuke Matsuzaka are slated to pitch at home against the Reds, while Carlos Carrasco, Scott Kazmir, Trevor Bauer and David Huff will hit the road for a game against the Brewers. All six pitchers are among the arms in the mix for the last two spots on the starting staff.

• Right-hander Joe Smith, who has been working his way back from a minor abdominal injury, threw off a mound in a bullpen session on Saturday morning. Smith is expected to be recovered in time for Opening Day.

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