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Watch: Francisco Lindor belts Indians’ first postseason grand slam since 1999

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Well after Corey Kluber got knocked around in his first postseason start, scattering a career-high six runs over 2 2/3 innings, Francisco Lindor returned the Indians to a one-run deficit with a sixth-inning grand slam. With the bases loaded and two outs, the shortstop settled on a 1-0 slider from Chad Green, belting it an impressive 408 feet past the foul pole in right field.

Not only was it the Indians’ first grand slam of this year’s playoff run, but it was the first postseason grand slam from any Indians’ player since 1999, when Jim Thome’s slam lifted the team to an 11-1 finish over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. It also marked just the second grand slam of Lindor’s season following another bases-loaded homer back in April.

The Indians closed the gap two innings later, evening the playing field with another Jay Bruce solo blast off of David Robertson in the eighth. They’re currently tied 8-8 in the top of the ninth inning.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: