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.
Its exciting. Its 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.