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Indians install metal detectors at Progressive Field as part of MLB's enhanced security plan

The Indians will begin installing metal detectors at gates as part of Major League Baseball's enhanced security plan, and screening will start Friday, the beginning of a six-game homestand at Progressive Field.

The first gate involved will be Gate D, behind home plate. Those who choose not to go through the metal detector can elect to be checked by hand-held wands.

Later this summer, the walk-through detectors will be added at Gates A and C.

MLB ordered teams to have better screening measures in place by Opening Day 2015.

Fans will have to remove cell phones and large metal objects from their pockets before being screened. Bags will continue to be checked, and only bags that fit the league's standard �" 16x16x8 inches �" are allowed. A full list of items permitted and prohibited can be found on Indians.com under the tab "Progressive Field."

MLB has been working with the Department of Homeland Security and its teams to standardize security practices. Similar measures have already been taken at Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium for the Cavs and Browns.

"This will be a minimal, unobtrusive change for our fans, whose safety is our No. 1 priority at the ballpark," Jim Folk, Indians vice president of ballpark operations, said in a news release. "Fan convenience is very important to us, and we're making every effort to ensure these important safety measures, as mandated by Major League Baseball, will have a minimal impact on fans' speedy entry into the ballpark."

The Indians are not changing their bag policy, as has the NFL.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Gate C opens at 4:30 p.m. for 7:05 games, with all gates open by 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All gates are open by 11:30 a.m. for 1:05 games, 1:30 p.m. for 3:05 games, 2:30 p.m. for 4:05 games and 4:30 p.m. for 6:05 games.

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