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Indians will be on national TV 13 times in '18

Cleveland opens regular season March 29 at Seattle on ESPN
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CLEVELAND -- Only a little more than a month remains until the Indians officially open Spring Training, beginning their quest for a third consecutive American League Central crown. The national spotlight will be fixed on the Tribe 13 times during the regular season, starting with Opening Day.

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball unveiled game times and broadcast information for the 2018 season, which will include Cleveland's opener in Seattle being included in an Opening Day quadrupleheader on ESPN. The Indians' 10:10 p.m. ET tilt against the Mariners will cap off the March 29 coverage on the network, following the Cubs-Marlins, Astros-Rangers and Dodgers-Giants.

CLEVELAND -- Only a little more than a month remains until the Indians officially open Spring Training, beginning their quest for a third consecutive American League Central crown. The national spotlight will be fixed on the Tribe 13 times during the regular season, starting with Opening Day.

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball unveiled game times and broadcast information for the 2018 season, which will include Cleveland's opener in Seattle being included in an Opening Day quadrupleheader on ESPN. The Indians' 10:10 p.m. ET tilt against the Mariners will cap off the March 29 coverage on the network, following the Cubs-Marlins, Astros-Rangers and Dodgers-Giants.

Indians' 2018 regular-season schedule

After Opening Day, the Indians will have six more games aired on ESPN (April 2-3 at Angels, April 25 vs. Cubs, May 20 at Astros, May 22 at Cubs, and Aug. 6 vs. Twins), plus three games on FS1 (April 17 vs. Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with April 21 at Orioles and Aug. 18 vs. Orioles) and another three on FOX (May 26 vs. Astros, July 14 vs. Yankees and Sept. 15 vs. Tigers).

The Indians' open their home slate at Progressive Field with a 4:10 p.m. ET clash with the Royals on April 6, beginning a 10-game homestand with subsequent series against the Tigers and Blue Jays. From there, the Tribe will head to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan for two games against the Twins. Both of those tilts are scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Every game will be available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio, and the Indians will have 155 of their games aired on SportsTime Ohio, the team's flagship television partner. The Tribe's flagship AM station, WTAM 1100, will broadcast 161 games, while WMMS 100.7 FM will carry 145 games. All 162 games are expected to be available across the Indians Radio Network (subject to change).

Weekday matinee times have been changed to 1:10 p.m. ET from 12:10 p.m. and will be featured eight times (May 2, May 30, June 6, June 20, July 25, Aug. 9, Aug. 30 and Sept. 5). The Indians will also have home games for six summer weekend series: June 15-17 (Twins), June 22-24 (Tigers), July 6-8 (A's), July 13-15 (Yankees), Aug. 3-5 (Angels) and Aug. 17-19 (Orioles).

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training for the Indians on Feb. 14 in Goodyear. Ariz., with position players following suit on Feb. 18. Cleveland's Cactus League schedule begins with a game against the Reds on Feb. 23 at Goodyear Ballpark.

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 and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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