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Pregame lineups and notes: Indians vs. Twins; First pitch set for 5:15 p.m.

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 4, 2014

UPDATE: Per a press box announcement, first pitch is now scheduled for 5:15 p.m. 

As of this typing (4:40), the tarp was just removed from the infield and the grounds crew is getting to work. 

Here's the Opening Day Indians lineup versus the Minnesota Twins:

Minnesota twins (1-2)

2B Brian Dozier

1B Joe Mauer

LF Josh Willingham

DH Chris Colabello

3B Trevor Plouffe

RF Oswaldo Arcia

C Kurt Suzuki

CF Aaron Hicks

SS Pedro Florimon

RHP Mike Pelfry

Indians (2-1)

CF Nyjer Morgan

1B Nick Swisher

2B Jason Kipnis

3B Carlos Santana

LF Michael Brantley

SS Asdrubal Cabrera

RF David Murphy

C Yan Gomes

DH Lonnie Chisenhall

PREGAME NOTES:

A rainy morning in Cleveland couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Indians front office, coaches and players as the team held a morning press conference to announce the contract extension for second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Like left fielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes before him, Kipnis signed a multiyear contract – a six-year, 52.5 million deal – that includes a club option for 2020. Kipnis’ contract covers this season, three of his arbitration eligible seasons and two free agent seasons through ‘19.

Last season Kipnis, 27, hit .284 with a .818 OPS that included 17 home runs and a team-leading 84 RBI. In just his second full season with the Tribe, the converted outfielder stole 30 bases and was named one of the club’s two All-Star representatives.

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