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Tribe makes pitching adjustments after cancellation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Phoenix area broke an extended dry spell when rain began to fall on Saturday, but that cost the Indians a game on their Cactus League schedule.

Due to the inclement weather, which ended a streak of 70 days without rainfall in the area, Cleveland's afternoon tilt against the White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., was canceled. The teams will not make up the contest later this spring.

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As a result of the cancellation, the Indians were forced to shuffle their pitching schedule.

Veteran right-hander Aaron Harang was scheduled to start on Saturday with righty Trevor Bauer following behind him. Both pitchers -- two among five candidates for the fifth rotation spot -- will now take the mound in Sunday's game against the Mariners at Goodyear Ballpark.

Indians sinkerballer Justin Masterson, who was initially penciled in as the starter against Seattle, will now throw a simulated game at the Tribe's complex on Sunday morning.

By moving Masterson to the practice fields Sunday, the Indians are able to keep the rest of its starting pitchers on schedule. Cleveland still needs to sort out when and where Saturday's scheduled relievers will throw. Helping matters is the fact that the Indians have a "B" game against the Angels slated for Tuesday morning at their spring facility.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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