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August 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Lee handling transition to bullpen well
It was a difficult week for the Carolina Mudcats, as the team went just 1-5, closing the week on a five-game skid. With the difficult week, the team fell to 21-23 in the second half and 2.5 games behind Winston Salem in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also sat down with reliever Jacob Lee to talk about his role change...
August 6, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: August 5, 2014
Zach McAllister shined once again for Columbus on Tuesday night, while Josh Tomlin struggled in Cleveland. McAllister's strange season continues as he has no problem dominating a Triple-A lineup but has had his problems getting big league hitters out. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us around the farm and notes McAllister's good outing, Michael Bourn's rehab appearance and much more...
August 6, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #113: Reds 9, Indians 2
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night by a score of 9-2. Much like the Indians enjoyed the previous game, the Reds had their ace, Johnny Cueto, on the hill. Cueto did not disappoint as he threw a complete game while only yielding two runs, but the game may have been much different if not for a crazy play in the seventh inning. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts...
August 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Michael Bourn on rehab assignment: "I want to be healthy"
Michael Bourn's rehab assignment began on Tuesday with the Akron RubberDucks and is scheduled to through next Tuesday. assignment. The IBI's Spencer Davies briefly spoke with Bourn about the team and his health ad provides the details after the jump...
August 6, 2014   (8 comments)
Cueto, Reds shutdown Tribe for 9-2 win
It was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly Tuesday at Progressive Field. Well, mostly the bad and the ugly. Outscored 8-1 over the final eight innings, the Indians snapped their four-game win streak, falling to the Reds, 9-2. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a bizarre game from the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
August 6, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Biogenesis findings could lead to more suspensions
During a baseball season, on any given night, you could see something you've never seen before. Tuesday's odd game was proof of that. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the possibility of more Biogenesis-related suspensions, the Padres select their new GM, and more,
August 5, 2014   (1 comments)
Stories from the Past: Q&A with Johnny Goryl
Probably the most fascinating person in the entire Cleveland Indians organization to talk to is Johnny Goryl. He is not a Hall of Famer, was never an All Star and spent limited time in the big leagues as a player, but what makes him so interesting is his long tenure in the game as this season marks his 64th year in the game. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares a lot of unique stories and experiences and talks about some of his most memorable moments in the game over the years.
August 5, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.14: Celebrating Thome
Here is episode number 14 this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI.
In this week's show, we head to Cleveland where host Hayden Grove talks to IBI Indians beat writer Jim Berdysz about the team and also provides a firsthand look at the unveiling of the Jim Thome statue along with comments from Mark Shapiro, Mike Hargrove, Charlie Manuel and Jim Thome himself.
August 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #112: Reds 1, Indians 7
Things have been trending upward of late for the Indians. With a three game winning streak entering the game, the Indians sent Corey Kluber to the mound to open a four game (two at home, two on the road) stretch against the Cincinnati Reds. After another strong performance from their ace, the team has now moved to just 2.5 games back of the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot and 5.5 games back of Detroit in the division. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts...
August 5, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: August 4, 2014
Half of the Indians stateside affiliates were off on Monday as Akron, Carolina and Arizona all had scheduled off days. Of the three affiliates in action, right-hander Jordan Carter impressed the most with his good outing for Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his performance and more as he goes Around the Farm in the Indians system...
August 5, 2014   (4 comments)
Indians defeat Reds in first game of Battle of Ohio, 7-1
Corey Kluber wasn't an All-Star, but he sure continues to pitch like one. Backed behind the arm of their ace, the Indians took down in-state rival Cincinnati, 7-1 Monday night to win the first game in the Battle of Ohio. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the Indians fourth straight win from the ballpark.
August 5, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: Cubs to promote top prospect
Don't look now, but the Indians are in the thick of the Wild Card race once again! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Cubs promoting one of their top prospects, injury updates on Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, players who have been placed on revocable waivers, and more.
August 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Walters, Ramsey make their debut
The trade deadline came and went and the Cleveland Indians shipped off a pair of veterans. In exchange, they got young talent in the form of infielder Zach Walters and outfielder James Ramsey. Both were assigned to the Columbus Clippers (61-55) and both made their debuts on Friday night against Louisville. Join Michael Rich as he recaps the Clippers' week and Walters' and Ramsey's debuts.
August 4, 2014   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians are running out of time with McAllister
Time is running out for Zach McAllister and the Indians. Not only time on this season, but next season as well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about how the Indians are in almost the same situation with McAllister now as they were this time last year with Carlos Carrasco. He also talks about the Cabrera and Masterson trades, takes a look at the 2015 Indians roster and their needs, ponders a potential DL assignment for Nick Swisher, and more.
August 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #111: Rangers 3, Indians 4
Is it because of the calming influence of Terry Francona and the other leaders in the clubhouse? Is it because the race for the final AL wild card spot is full of flawed teams? Or is it just a complete luck of the draw? Somehow, this ball club, with all its imperfections, now has only three games sitting between them and a playoff berth. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he discusses the highlights of Sunday's walk-off win.
August 4, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: August 3, 2014
Triple-A Columbus infielder Zach Walters continues to impress in the early going since the Indians acquired him last week from the Cardinals in exchange for Justin Masterson. The Indians really like Walters, and you can see why on days like Sunday when he mashes two homers. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the impressive showing for Walters and much more as he takes us Around the Farm....
August 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Goldschmidt could be done for 2014
With Sunday's sweep, the Indians find themselves right back in the Wildcard race. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the unfortunate news for Paul Goldschmidt, the Padres closing in on their new GM, and more.
August 3, 2014   (6 comments)
Brantley's walk-off homer sends Indians over Rangers, 4-3
It started rough, eased up late and ended so smooth. Operating in extra innings against the Rangers knotted in a 3-3 tie, Cleveland's favorite doctor came up and saved the life of the game. On a 3-2 pitch from Texas rookie Phil Klein in the bottom of the 12th, Michael Brantley lined a walk-off solo homer into the visitors bullpen to give the Indians a 4-3 victory Sunday. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the series sweep from the ballpark.
August 3, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor, Gonzalez adjusting well to new levels
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. In particular, Jim Piascik focuses on the success Francisco Lindor and Erik Gonzalez have found since their respective promotions to Columbus and Akron. Join Jim as he goes in-depth on the advanced stats for Cleveland's minor leaguers and takes you into The WAR Room.
August 3, 2014   (4 comments)
Jim Thome officially retires as a Cleveland Indian
Not even Jim Thome envisioned a day like this. For him, being immortalized at the top of Indians record books and among some of the game's greats was an accomplishment already. Playing 22 years in the big leagues, 12 of them with the Tribe, he first became a household name in Cleveland during the mid-90s, and soon, an iconic baseball legend across the country. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a memorable day for Thome during his statue unveil ceremony.

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