Not surprisingly, Justin Masterson will start the season opener in Toronto on April 21.
It will be the second year in a row that Masterson has received the honor of being the first Tribe starter out of the blocks. Francona told Masterson in the dugout before the game.
“”I was hoping for it,’’ Masterson said today. “”Tito (manager Terry Francona) told me there were some things that might be a possibility, and it turned out to be true.
“”It’s exciting. It’s where I want to be, the first guy out there to set the tone.’’
With Masterson No. 1 in the rotation, Ubaldo Jimenez almost certainly will be No. 2.