CLEVELAND -- When he was introduced in Cleveland on Jan. 3, outfielder Nick Swisher already had one date circled on his calendar.
The Indians will host the Yankees, Swisher's former team, in their home opener on April 8. Now Swisher can peg 4:05 p.m. ET for the approximate time he'll trot out to right field, passing his old cohorts in the first-base dugout along the way.
On Friday, the Indians released game times and a broadcast schedule for both Spring Training and the regular season. The home opener, which follows a six-game road trip to Toronto and Tampa, will be one of four contests broadcast on WKYC Channel 3 this season. SportsTime Ohio will carry 159 games, including simulcasts of the four WKYC broadcasts. The Indians will also be featured twice on FOX Saturday Baseball: June 15 vs. the Nationals and June 22 vs. the Twins.
In late December, FOX Sports Media Group acquired STO from the Indians. On Jan. 29, the Indians announced a five-year contract with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment that kept WTAM 1100 as the team's flagship radio station. WTAM will air 159 games this year, with 147 also being carried on WMMS 100.7 FM.
After the Yankees visit in early April, the White Sox and Red Sox come to Cleveland to complete a 10-game homestand, tied for the longest of the season. The Tribe will also play 10 straight at Progressive Field from July 5-14, when they will host Tigers, Blue Jays and Royals. The team will also encounter a pair of 10-game road trips.
As for Spring Training, local radio or TV will carry 19 of the club's games. Thirteen will appear on either WTAM, WMMS or 99X. STO will broadcast six games: March 17 at Cincinnati, March 18 vs. Milwaukee, March 21 at Arizona, March 22 vs. Arizona, March 24 vs. the Cubs), and March 26 vs. Oakland.
Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Ariz., on Sunday. The rest of the squad joins them on Wednesday.