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Lindor's walk-up recording a work in progress

Shortstop hoping to incorporate more sounds from April visit to Puerto Rico
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CLEVELAND -- As Francisco Lindor walked to the batter's box in the third inning on Monday night, chants of his name blared through the Progressive Field sound system. This, however, was no ordinary recording of chanting for the Indians' shortstop.

The high-pitched cries of, "Lindor! Lindor!" came from the children at Lindor's old elementary school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. It was a recording from Lindor's visit to Escuela Villa Marina during the Indians' trip to his home island last month. When Lindor walked through the school's gates, the kids gave him a hero's welcome.

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CLEVELAND -- As Francisco Lindor walked to the batter's box in the third inning on Monday night, chants of his name blared through the Progressive Field sound system. This, however, was no ordinary recording of chanting for the Indians' shortstop.

The high-pitched cries of, "Lindor! Lindor!" came from the children at Lindor's old elementary school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. It was a recording from Lindor's visit to Escuela Villa Marina during the Indians' trip to his home island last month. When Lindor walked through the school's gates, the kids gave him a hero's welcome.

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"I want something that reminds me of the kids back home," Lindor said on Tuesday. "That's the reason why I play the game."

Tweet from @MLBastian: Francisco Lindor arrives to his old school in Puerto Rico. Kids hanging over balcony chant his name. pic.twitter.com/dY96VpDI84

Consider Monday's recording a trial run, because Lindor felt it could be fine-tuned even more.

During the Indians' games against the Twins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium last month in San Juan, P.R., the crowd constantly beat drums, shook maracas and sang from the stands. Before Lindor's at-bats -- including a stirring home run in Cleveland's win on April 17 -- the public address announcer used the shortstop's nickname, Paquito. Lindor wants to blend several of those elements, if possible, to create a unique walk-up recording.

"I want something where you can hear the drums and you can hear the kids chanting," Lindor said. "I've got to get it right. I'm going to put something that reminds me of back home. I want that. I want that feeling of like, 'I'm home.' It reminds me of why I play the game. I'll get it right."

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Worth noting

• Pitching prospect Shane Bieber (No. 8 on the Indians' Top 30 Prospects list, per MLB Pipeline) has been promoted to Triple-A Columbus. In five starts for Double-A Akron, the 22-year-old Bieber went 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in 31 innings, in which he had 30 strikeouts against one walk. Bieber takes the spot of lefty Shawn Morimando, who was placed on the Minor League disabled list with left shoulder soreness.

• Indians manager Terry Francona noted on Tuesday that left-hander Ryan Merritt (10-day DL, left knee) is scheduled to make his next start with Columbus. The lefty spent the first month of the season rehabbing in extended spring training in Goodyear, Ariz.

• Outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was recently signed to a Minor League contract, is slated to play nine innings in an extended spring game on Tuesday. From there, Cabrera will likely join Columbus' roster with a chance to show he can help the Major League team.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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