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• Indians' single-game tickets for the regular season went on sale on Monday, and the April 8 home opener against the Yankees sold out in six minutes. Single-game sales are up over 40 percent from last year and nearly double the 2011 totals, according to the team. Tickets can be purchased by calling 216-420-4487 or by visiting

• Indians reliever Joe Smith (left abdominal strain) threw off a mound in a bullpen session without any issues on Monday. Smith is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice workout on Thursday morning. The reliever is on pace to potentially be cleared for Cactus League games by next week.

• Francona said bunting is "a big part" of center fielder Michael Bourn's offensive game. Dating back to the start of the 2008 season, Bourn ranks second in the Major Leagues in both bunt hits (59) and infield singles (175).