News and Notes, February 19, 2013

Drew Stubbs thinks he can handle the switch to right. So does Francona. - Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

The optimism at Spring Training is so thick you can step in it.

If you're not optimistic during the early part of Spring Training, you're not doing it right. Let the good vibrationscommence!

Tribe confident in Stubbs' transition to right field | indians.com: News | Drew Stubbs has never played right field in the big leagues, but Indians manager Terry Francona believes the move from center field will be an easy one.

Terry Francona seeks balance throughout the order: Cleveland Indians Insider | cleveland.com | Terry Francona wants to make it difficult for opponents to match up with his hitters in the late innings, which means he wants to avoid having a string of right-handed or left-handed hitters in the lineup.

Terry Francona remembers his time as Michael Jordan's Minor League manager fondly | indians.com: News
Terry Francona wishes Cavalier killer Michael Jordan a happy start to his sixth decade.

Francona can live with K's as long as runs follow | indians.com: News ! Runs good; strikeouts okay if runs are scoring.

Tracy Ringolsby: Trades and deals have Tribe feeling positive | indians.com: News | While other teams made headlines, the Indians underwent a roster adjustment that gives them reason to feel they can be a factor in the AL Central.

News from outside Optimism Central:

Alaskan-born Aaron Cunningham looks to make quick impact in Rangers camp | Texas Rangers | LGFT Aaron Cunningham discusses his current opportunity with the Rangers.

School of Roch: How many left-handed relievers are too many? - Keeping TJ McFarland might create a dilemma for the O's - too many lefties in the bullpen.

Non-roster players worth watching in spring training. | SportsonEarth.com : Jonathan Bernhardt | You don't want to get too worked up over your favorite team's non-roster invitees, but as spring training gears up, there are players worth watching -- notably four Indians hopefuls, a Met, an Astro and a Ray. Here's your guide to the contenders.

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