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BBA–RED SOX-INDIANS OPENER
CLEVELAND — Big Papi’s about to take one more trip around. David Ortiz, Boston’s beloved designated hitter, begins his season-long sendoff as the Red Sox open the 2016 season against the Cleveland Indians. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Former manager Lou Piniella will throw the ceremonial pitch, a reminder of the Reds’ glory days. Then Cincinnati will open the season against Philadelphia, a game matching the NL’s two worst teams last season. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Trying to hold off Toronto for the best record and top seed in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James and the Cavaliers host the Charlotte Hornets in one of their final home games before the playoffs. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 3:30 p.m.