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New Indian Swisher giddy

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher's smile was broader and brighter than the Chief Wahoo logo on his new cap.

He was back in Ohio, back at home, back where it all started.

"This is the place for me to be," he said. "All roads led to Cleveland."

Swisher, who spent the past four seasons wearing Yankees pinstripes, was introduced Thursday by the Indians, who managed to land the free-agent outfielder by playing to his deep Buckeye roots and giving him a four-year, $56 million contract that includes a vesting option for a fifth year.

From the moment he walked into the media room at Progressive Field with a large group of family and friends, Swisher, 32, couldn't stop smiling and laughing.

"I can't help it, man," he said, shaking his head. "This is unbelievable. I never in a million years thought I would be in this position. As a little kid you dream about playing in the big leagues, but I don't know if I ever dreamed about being in a situation like this. It's an amazing time for my family and I."

SEASON OPENER: The 2013 season will kick off with the Astros' American League debut on March 31. Houston will host the Rangers at 8 p.m. in a game to be broadcast on ESPN.

CAP CONTROVERSY: The Braves may be reconsidering a new design on their batting practice caps that features the "screaming Indian" throwback logo. The design has generated considerable backlash.

PITCHER ARRESTED: Giants pitcher Sergio Romo is facing a misdemeanor summons in Las Vegas alleging he violated airport rules after being detained by authorities at McCarran International Airport on New Year's Day. The federal Transportation Security Administration said Romo failed to provide proper identification at a document checkpoint and engaged in a dispute with TSA officers about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

MARINERS: First baseman Mike Jacobs agreed to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.

RANGERS: Right-handed reliever Jason Frasor, 35, signed a $1.5 million, one-year deal.

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