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• The temperature in Cleveland dropped throughout Friday's home opener and the Indians and Twins played in cold conditions again on Saturday. Francona said it can be a bit of a shock to players' systems after spending Spring Training in Arizona.

"It always is. But you deal with it," Francona said. "As the guys get into a groove [in Arizona], they can go from at-bat to at-bat and feel pretty good. When you come back here in these games, even when you have a nice at-bat, it doesn't carry over, because your bat's cold, your hands are cold. Every at-bat is a grind."

• Former Indians manager Mike Hargrove threw out the ceremonial first pitch for Friday's home opener, and he skipped the ball to Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Francona said he gave Hargrove some friendly ribbing for how he threw the pitch.

"I did. Everybody did," Francona said. "I had to get in line. I think by the time Grover got to the mound, he was frozen."

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury) played in the first game of a doubleheader with Triple-A Columbus on Saturday as part of a rehab assignment. He went 1-for-3. Bourn could be activated by Cleveland within the next few days.

• When he took the mound to face the Twins on Friday, Salazar (24 years, 83 days) became the youngest pitcher to start a home opener for the Indians since Dennis Eckersley (21 years old, 190 days) on April 10, 1976.

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