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Cleveland Indians deserve a warm welcome

By Marla Published: April 11, 2011

No matter the outcome of their three-game series in Anaheim that begins tonight, the Cleveland Indians deserve better when they return to Progressive Field on Friday.

After Opening Day, attendance was at record lows. Even with the cold weather, that has to stump Tribe officials, especially with bleacher seats going for $10 all season.

On Sunday, the Indians won their seventh consecutive game, their longest streak since Sept 24-Oct 1, 2010. But unlike that effort, this one comes when it means something. They completed their first three-game sweep of Seattle since 2009 after sweeping the Boston Red Sox for the first time in a decade.

The  7-2 record is the best to start the season since the Indians went 11-1 in 2002.

All of this without two players considered starters -- center fielder Grady Sizemore (rehabbing after microfracture knee surgery) and third baseman/infielder Jason Donald.

It makes me wonder what will happen with Donald when he finishes his rehab assignment after suffering a broken bone in his right hand during spring training. For the first time in manager Manny Acta's tenure, he could face the dilemma of not wanting to mess up a good thing.



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