GOODYEAR, Ariz. — To borrow a phrase from another sport, the Indians will “move the chains” on Sunday as they open their spring-training season against the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark at 3:05 p.m. ET. It’s the first of 29 exhibition games, but it moves them an inch or two closer to opening day against Detroit on April 1.
Right-hander Cal Quantrill will start for the Indians followed by Triston McKenzie. They’re trying to win the last two spots in the rotation behind Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale.
Quantrill and McKenzie are expected to go two innings each. James Karinchak, Bryan Shaw and Heath Hembree will follow. Shaw and Hembree are in camp on minor league deals.
Right-hander Jose De Leon is scheduled to start for the Reds. He’s trying to win a job in Cincinnati’s crowded rotation after pitching well in Puerto Rico this winter. De Leon, who has appeared in the big leagues with the Dodgers and Rays, posted a 3.71 ERA for Caguas, striking out 31 of the 69 batters he faced in four starts. He did that in 17 innings.
De Leon has pitched in the big leagues for the Dodgers and Rays.
Here’s the Indians first lineup of the spring: CF Oscar Mercado, LF Ben Gamel, 1B Jake Bauers, RF Josh Naylor, 3B Mike Freeman, 2B Yu Chang, DH Billy Hamilton, SS Andres Gimenez, C Austin Hedges and RHP Quantril, who has changed his…