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(AP) — Cory Kluber loose in spring inning.Kluber made his first Cactus League start Monday, pitching 3 2/3 innings against Cincinnati and giving up three runs and six hits, including a homer by Yasiel Puig.Indians manager Terry Francona wanted to limit the intensity for Kluber as he was building his pitch count in a controlled environment.The plan was for Kluber to pitch in intrasquad games and live batting practice to build to 50 pitches before launching him into game experience.The two-time Cy Young award said he kept under control.“It is different from pitching on the back fields for sure,” Kluber said.“You have the scoreboard and the fans that give you the extra little kick of adrenaline.That’s the reason we, I don’t want to say slow play it, but we wait until now to control the intensity a bit.”The Indians have held Kluber out of games early in the spring since 2017, the year after Kluber pitched deep into the World Series.“One of the goals is to stay with your delivery by controlling the adrenaline to work on things,” Kluber said.“If you have things to work on delivery-wise, or pitch-wise, it is a lot easier to work on them when you control the setting.You are going to pitch over 100 innings in the regular season, so 10 innings on the back field is not going to make much difference.”Kluber Jack Morris Jersey , who turns 33 next month, posted a career-high 20 wins last year and had a 2.89 ERA while pitching an AL-high 215 innings.Yet the three-time All-Star was rumored to be in trade talks between the Indians and Reds over the winter.He is signed through 2019 with team options for 2020 and 2021.“Everybody in our group is trying to get better,” Kluber said.“Nobody is really content where we are.”Mike Clevinger, who went 13-8 last year,followed Kluber on Monday. Clevinger allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings while striking out five in the 5-5 tie.“It is exciting to get Kluber out there,” Francona said.“The idea was to have Clev follow Kluber but stay in his routine. Do his long toss at the complex with walkie-talkies and everything we can bring him to the park.If we ran into any problems we could fill in an inning.”NOTES: The Indians optioned INF Yu Chang and RHPs Jerry Rodriguez and Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus.They reassigned OF Mike Papi and RHPs James Hoyt, Brooks Pounders and Asher Wojciechowski to minor league camp. Big name free agents are starting to find new homes around MLB. Meanwhile, the Orioles have a lot of work to do before they start building up their roster."Good morning, Camden Chatters.At some point, MLB’s hot stove season was bound to start heating up, and yesterday brought a little bit of news — mostly from Atlanta. Not only did the Braves bring back catcher Brian McCann on a $2 million deal , but they landed the first big-name free agent of the offseason by inking former MVP Josh Donaldson to a lucrative one-year contract worth $23 million.That’s an interesting deal for both sides. Donaldson will try to restore his value after an injury-ravaged 2018 season and re-enter the free agent market next year, while the Braves added a potential impact player in their attempt to defend their NL East crown.The Orioles, who were a frequent victim of Donaldson’s lethal bat during his three-plus years with the rival Blue Jays, won’t be sorry to see him leave the AL. He tagged O’s pitching for an .888 OPS, 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 67 career games.With Donaldson off the board, who’s the next domino to fall? The winter meetings start in less than two weeks, and there’s usually a flurry of activity leading up to and during the event. Don’t expect the Orioles to be heavily involved in whatever player activity goes on, though. They’ve still got plenty of more urgent tasks on their plate, such as finding a new manager.LinksReading between the lines of Mike Elias’ message to Oriole fans - BaltimoreBaseball.comRich Dubroff searches for clues about Mike Elias’s plan in the e-mail he sent to season ticket holders. I wouldn’t expect Elias to divulge any organizational secrets in a form letter to fans, but it was a nice gesture all the same.Orioles need to make current roster changes to help jumpstart the rebuild – The AthleticJonathan Bernhardt looks at which non-tendered or on-the-outs players might be a fit for the Orioles, and suggests Derek Dietrich Aaron Loup Jersey , Avisail Garcia, and Yangervis Solarte. Get excited!Baltimore Orioles: Five potential Rule 5 draft targets - BirdsWatcherSpeaking of getting excited, we’re just a couple weeks away from the Rule 5 draft, in which the Orioles hold the first pick. 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