Indians' right-hander Danny Salazar will start the home opener April 4 against the Minnesota Twins, manager Terry Francona said Wednesday.

Salazar, 24, last took the mound for the Tribe in the American League Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays Oct. 2 at Progressive Field.

Francona said the Indians debated whether they wanted to save their fifth starter for the second week of the season because of the April 3 off day, but decided the team would need a break after the adrenalin of the three-game season-opening series that starts March 31 in Oakland.

Francona said Carrasco will pitch the fifth game April 5 against the Twins.

"We talked about it kind of at length and Mickey felt like giving guys coming out of the gate, that extra day is really good,' Francona said of pitching coach Mickey Callaway. "It will be the first time they're under the lights, there's usually a couple extra miles an hour. That's human nature. With that comes some stiffness.

"Now if we get weather, things like that, we'll make adjustments."