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Cleveland adds Carolina exhibition game

Cleveland IndiansThe exhibition schedule for the Cleveland Indians is now a game longer, as the team added an April 3 exhibition game against its newest Carolina League affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats.

The Carolina Mudcats are shifting to the High Class A Carolina League this season; previous a team played under that name in the Class AA Southern League. (For those keeping score at home, the Double-A team moved to Pensacola for the 2012 season.) The Carolina League team formerly played in Kinston.

The game is slated for 2 p.m. ET on April 3 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. With under 2,000 residents, Zebulon is the smallest town to host Class A or better; the team relies on fans from Wake County and nearby Raleigh for support.

“We are pleased to not only welcome the Indians but to also go ahead and extend our partnership,” Carolina Mudcats owner Steve Bryant said in a press release. “Cleveland has fielded championship-caliber clubs at the Class A Advanced level and we are excited to begin working with the Indians. We also look forward to the Indians’ visit to Wake County and introducing their players, coaches and staff to our fans.”

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