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• Due to Saturday's rainout, Indians sinkerballer Justin Masterson moved to a backfield to get his work in on Sunday. The big right-hander logged two innings in a simulated game and did fine, according to Cleveland manager Terry Francona.

"He was good," Francona said. "That's kind of a bonus for us, because we can trust Masty. He went out and got his work done and did it right. We put some Minor League kids out in the field for him, and let some of our younger guys in camp hit."

• Indians right-hander Frank Herrmann, who is nearly a year removed from Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow, worked an inning in a simulated game on Sunday. Herrmann threw 21 pitches and has been hitting around 92-94 mph on the radar gun.

"It'll be interesting to see as he gets into the real games," Francona said. "We're coming up -- in maybe another two weeks -- on a year [since his surgery]. I know he's champing at the bit. His velocity is good. ... You can tell he's worked really hard."

• The Indians announced some changes to their television schedule for the upcoming season. SportsTime Ohio will air 154 games, while FOX has picked up Cleveland's June 21 game against the Tigers for a national broadcast. FOX Sports 1 will air games on April 5 (vs. Twins), May 10 (at Rays), June 7 (at Rangers), July 19 (at Tigers), July 26 (at Royals) and Aug. 9 (at Yankees).

• The Indians announced Monday that their April 4 home opener against the Twins sold out in 15 minutes. It marks the 22nd consecutive home-opening sellout and the 21st straight at Progressive Field, which opened its doors in 1994. For ticket information, please visit

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