SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) In one of the easiest decisions Terry Francona has had to make this spring, the Cleveland Indians' manager confirmed on Monday that AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will start on opening day
Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and struck out 269 last season, earning the honor of top pitcher in American League. He will get the ball April 6 at Houston.
The right-hander joined Bob Feller in 1946 and Luis Tiant in 1968, as the only Indians pitchers to win at least 18 games, have a sub-2.50 ERA and strikeout at least 260 batters.
Kluber started once against the Astros last season, on Sept. 16 at Houston and struck out 14, matching his career high. He allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings in earning the victory.