Posted: Tue February 26, 2013 6:02PM; Updated: Tue February 26, 2013 6:01PM

Justin Masterson to start Opening Day for Indians

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Justin Masterson
Justin Masterson pitched very well in last year's season opener for Cleveland.
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has named Justin Masterson his starter for opening day.

Francona told the right-hander in the dugout Tuesday before Cleveland played the Kansas City Royals.

It will be the second time Masterson starts a season opener. A year ago, the 28-year-old struck out 10 over eight innings against the Blue Jays in Cleveland, allowing two hits and one run in a game that the Indians went on to lose in 16 innings, 7-4.

The Indians open in Toronto on April 2. Their home opener against the New York Yankees on April 8 already is sold out.

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