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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, April 2nd (All times eastern)

Cleveland Indians (0-0) at Toronto Blue Jays (0-0), 7:07 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Justin Masterson (0-0, 0.00) Toronto - R.A. Dickey (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - It's been a while since fans in Toronto have anticipated a baseball season more than this one. The new-look Blue Jays get it started on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre.

Manager John Gibbons won't be the only new face in the Blue Jays' dugout this year, as general manager Alex Anthopoulos completely changed the face of the club with a monster deal with the Miami Marlins that saw them pick up shortstop Jose Reyes, second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, lefty Mark Buehrle and righty Josh Johnson.

That deal came on the heels of Toronto signing outfielder Melky Cabrera to a 2-year, $16 million deal. Of course, Cabrera comes with some baggage, as he sat out most of the final two months serving a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

And if that wasn't enough, the Jays went out and acquired the National League's reigning Cy Young Award winner in R.A. Dickey, who will be on the hill Tuesday.

"He'll be very focused," Gibbons said. "I don't think you can distract him. I look forward to him having a big year for us."

Dickey put forth his best season as a pro last year, going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. He also led the NL in innings (233 2/3), strikeouts, shutouts (three) and complete games (five), while ranking second in both ERA and wins.

Plus, Dickey revealed late in the season that he had been pitching since April with a torn abdominal muscle, which he had surgically repaired this offseason.

All that equals some high expectations north of the border, as the Jays eye their first postseason spot since winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will also have an entirely new look to it as it begins the 2013 season.

The Indians entered the 2012 season with modest expectations following an 80-82 campaign in 2011, but the Tribe struggled in all aspects of the game and ended the year 68-94.

So, of course, changes were made.

The first of which came before last season was even over when Manny Acta was fired after three years at the helm. Cleveland acted quick and hired Terry Francona shortly after the season ended.

Some have speculated that Acta's biggest problem was that there was a real disconnect between him and the clubhouse. Typically that has not been a problem with Francona, despite how his tenure ended in Boston.

Also gone from last year's squad are Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, and Shin- Soo Choo, a trio that combined to play 25 seasons and 2,655 games in Cleveland.

Most teams that struggled the way Cleveland did a year ago opt to build from within, but you don't bring a manager like Francona in to deal with growing pains, so general manager Chris Antonetti went the other way, handing out big free agent contracts to outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, as well as infielder Mark Reynolds and right-hander Brett Myers amongst others.

"I like this group a lot," Francona said. "It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to this group to see just how good we can get."

The one move that was made with an eye towards the future, though, was the deal that sent Choo to Cincinnati. As part of the three-team deal, the Indians acquired highly regarded righty Trevor Bauer, who could find his way into the Tribe rotation this season.

Getting the call for the Indians on Tuesday will be right-handed sinkerballer Justin Masterson, who struggled last season, posting an 11-15 mark to go along with a 4.93 ERA.

Toronto won four of its six meetings with the Tribe a year ago.

04/02 10:23:41 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
1st
DUKE 20
TEMPL 12
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
 
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
 
4th
MEM 103
BOS 86
 
4th
OKC 83
BRK 86
 
4th
WAS 86
CLE 73
 
4th
MIN 76
SAN 101
 
3rd
DAL 77
LAL 67
 
2nd
DEN 57
NOP 46
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 17
UTEP 3
 
1st
SDST 10
AFA 0
 
1st
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
 
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
2nd
LATU 73
MORE 64
 
2nd
SDKST 74
NDAK 71
 
2nd
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
2nd
UF 51
LAMON 51
 
2nd
WAKE 50
IONA 62
 
Half
GRCN 34
FAM 22
 
2nd
COLST 38
UGST 40
 
Half
WASU 32
IDST 31
 
1st
WEBER 26
ILLST 40
 
Half
AUB 45
LALAF 38
 
1st
LOU 39
MARS 27
 
Half
ORST 18
ORU 20
 
Half
SD 33
SHSU 30
 
Half
UTAH 48
UCR 21
 
1st
DUKE 20
TEMPL 12
 
1st
CORN 17
PSU 16
 
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
DEL
10:00pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
WASH
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
1st
EDM 0
NJD 0