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Equipment trucks head south for Spring Training

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The unofficial road to Spring Training began on Friday for three clubs.

A pair of moving trucks left Progressive Field in Cleveland for a cross-country trip to Goodyear, Ariz.; one from U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side of Chicago headed to Glendale, Ariz.; and one left Coors Field in Denver, bound for Scottsdale, Ariz.

The unofficial road to Spring Training began on Friday for three clubs.

A pair of moving trucks left Progressive Field in Cleveland for a cross-country trip to Goodyear, Ariz.; one from U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side of Chicago headed to Glendale, Ariz.; and one left Coors Field in Denver, bound for Scottsdale, Ariz.

Truck Day all but signals the end of the offseason, with equipment from each team's home clubhouse shipped to its respective Spring Training site ahead of its report date.

Tweet from @MLBastian: More pics from Truck Day. "It should be a holiday," said Marty Bokovitz, Indians' assistant home clubhouse manager. pic.twitter.com/EKkzpChOfe

In Cleveland this morning, two 53-foot trucks carrying everything from players' clothes, balls, bats, bikes, sunflower seeds and workout equipment pushed through 11-hour days along Interstate 40 with a handful of stops. The cargo even included Indians manager Terry Francona's new black scooter, which replaced the red one he had used in previous years.

Tweet from @MLBastian: Here is the Indians' groundhog: Tito's scooter. When you see it in February, you know spring is near. pic.twitter.com/MetBUlXxnQ

The items are expected to arrive at Cleveland's spring headquarters on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Indians pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Feb. 17, and position players will join four days later.

Tweet from @MLBastian: Packing up the trucks. They'll be unloaded in Goodyear on Wednesday morning. pic.twitter.com/LMX8KltJlS

The White Sox have had massive amounts of equipment for Truck Day before, such as when Paul Konerko's clubhouse locker had to be transported. Friday's move was far simpler. But Chicago not only packed enough gear for Spring Training, but also for the club's first regular-season series in Oakland.

Tweet from @whitesox: Things are getting real. The #SoxSpringTraining truck is getting set to ship out. pic.twitter.com/HiDE54TjM7

Still, they fit all their supplies in one truck headed for Glendale, the unofficial first sign of spring.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies