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Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis expected to be Opening Day starters for Indians

Nov 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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In his most recent mailbag column Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and second baseman Jason Kipnis are both likely to be in the Indians’ lineup on Opening Day, although he says Chisenhall “would be the more likely of the two to start at Triple-A.”

Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan will be in the mix as their spring training competition, but Chisenhall and Kipnis finished this year as starters and are the long-term answers at their respective positions.

What makes Cleveland likely going with a pair of young infielders especially interesting is that in building the most ground-ball heavy starting rotation in baseball the Indians are relying an awful lot on infield defense to boost the pitching staff.

  1. mgscott - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    This is a no-brainer. Hannahan can’t hit and Kipnis will be a fixture on the Tribe.

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