ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tribe moved from one artificial turf field to another this weekend, heading from Toronto's Rogers Centre to Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field. But when the Indians head back home Monday, they'll be done with turf for the rest of the year -- not that it's as big of a deal as it used to be, perhaps.
"This isn't so bad," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Knowing that you're playing this time of year, that's not a bad thing.
"I don't mind. This stuff is not like the old stuff. I think it's OK. I think it plays fair. It's OK. If they can play football on this, we can play baseball."
With that in mind, Francona said he doesn't worry about giving players off-days to rest their legs more than he usually does. But he will be mixing in the rest of his bench this weekend regardless.
Mike Aviles got the start at third base Friday night, Lou Marson will be the starting catcher Saturday and Francona said Ryan Raburn will also get a start this weekend.
"Everybody will play," Francona said.