Indians: Carlos Santana is hitting leadoff, where he also hit 86 times for Cleveland last season. He hit 34 home runs in 2016, but he also has walked at least 91 times in six consecutive seasons and has a career on-base percentage of .366. He presents a dilemma for opponents in that he can be patient at the plate while being able to score runs with one swing of the bat.


Royals: The Kansas City bullpen gave up 14 runs while being swept in three games by the Twins. Two years ago, Royals relievers gave up eight runs during the entire month of April. No longer with a flock of power arms, the bullpen is the area where Kansas City looks markedly different, and the problems they encountered at Target Field could be the start of a long season.


Tigers: Detroit could not have picked a better person to throw out the first pitch Friday before its home opener than Pudge Rodriguez. As the Tigers also honored the recently deceased Mike Illitch, Rodriguez was Illitch’s first major free-agent signing in 2004. And Rodriguez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.

White Sox: Chicago finally is getting a look at third baseman-designated hitter Matt Davidson, above, acquired from Arizona for Addison Reed in 2013. Davidson was called up from the minors last June but broke his foot while rounding first base. He missed the rest of the season and had to earn his spot on the roster this spring.