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May 22, 2014   (6 comments)
Captains Notebook: Hendrix, Aviles continue to lead the team
Perhaps it was the warm weather, or perhaps things are just starting to click, but last week seemed to be a nice improvement for the Lake County Captains. The team went 5-2, stringing together a three-game win streak the past three days. The bullpen has offered some nice outings and the offense has collectively picked itself up. Here's what happened during the Captains' previous week.
May 22, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #47: Tigers 10, Indians 11
A walk-off balk is one of the rarest occasions in baseball. From some cursory research, it appears this has only happened about 15 times in HISTORY. While the way the game was won on Wednesday is certainly the most unbelievable event that occurred, the game featured three separate comebacks by the Indians and is without a doubt the biggest (and most improbable) win of the year. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his "second thoughts" on the amazing win...
May 22, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: May 21, 2014
Things were not as crazy down on the farm Wednesday as they were at Progressive Field, but there were still plenty of interesting things goings on. Headlining the night was outfielder -- which is still a little weird to write -- Dorssys Paulino, who has returned to Lake County swinging well. He was joined by Tyler Naquin continuing his hot streak, Clayton Cook's first game in 25 months, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 21, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Odd injury lands Dodger prospect on DL
Wednesday's roller coaster game against Detroit ended just how we all expected it would - with a balk-off. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a shocking and unbelievable injury to Dodgers' infielder Alex Guerrero, the Indians need for a new Thursday starter, and more.
May 21, 2014   (8 comments)
Indians top Tigers on a balk-off, sweep three-game series
They never flinched. "I don't even know where to start with that game," Tribe outfielder David Murphy said. "I don't know if that was a baseball game or a marathon combined with a circus." Scoring 11 runs on 17 hits, the Indians edged Detroit, 11-10, winning with game a walk-off balk in the bottom of the 13th inning. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a wild win from the ballpark.
May 21, 2014   (1 comments)
Stokes hopeful improved fastball leads to opportunity
Since last season, Jimmy Stokes has picked up some velocity on his fastball. He also picked up a college diploma. The tall right-handed pitcher is currently in Arizona out in extended spring training and the IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to see how things are going and how his new throwing program is coming along.
May 21, 2014   (12 comments)
Asdrubal Cabrera: Above-average players & contract extensions
There may be no player on the Cleveland Indians that draws the same sustained levels of disdain from the fanbase as Asdrubal Cabrera. In the big picture, however, the IBI's John Grimm asserts that Cabrera's diverse offensive portfolio and improved defense is a net positive for Cleveland, and he reflects on how Cabrera's widely-panned contract, counter-intuitively, demonstrates the effectiveness of contract extensions as a team-building strategy.
May 21, 2014   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #46: Tigers 2, Indians 6
The Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night by a score of 6-2. The Indians received most of their offense in a four-run second inning thanks to five consecutive batters getting a hit or walk with just one out. While the Indians offense pulled together a great inning to account for a decent night, Trevor Bauer’s most-recent call-up was the real story. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the big win for the Indians...
May 21, 2014   (2 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Merritt is topping the league leaderboard
The normal comforts of home were not had by the Carolina Mudcats this past week as they struggled to just a 1-4 record before traveling to Wilmington for the start of a three game set and dropped the first game. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Carolina Mudcats, gets us caught up with Ryan Merritt's nice season to date, and highlights all of the important news and notes for the team.
May 21, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: May 20, 2014
The big performances were few and far in between in the Indians system on Tuesday night, but the IBI's Arthur Kinney is here to sort it all out and provide the details on who played well and who struggled. He takes us Around the Farm and looks at the big night from Claudio Bautista, the struggles from Danny Salazar and lots more.
May 21, 2014   (3 comments)
Bauer tosses a gem, leads Indians past Detroit, 6-2
The odds of winning the lottery? One in 175 million. The odds of the last place Indians beating Justin Verlander and his $180 million contract Tuesday night? Apparently not as high as many thought. Backed by a total team effort on both sides of the ball, the Tribe cashed in against Verlander and first place Detroit, winning 6-2 to take the first two games of the three-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
May 21, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: After long wait, Drew heads back to Boston
Trevor Bauer and a great offensive approach helped the Tribe assure themselves a huge series win against Detroit. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Stephen Drew finally landing a contract, Matt Harvey continuing to expect to pitch this season, and more.
May 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Akron manager Dave Wallace
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik sat down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and talked about the RubberDucks' progress through roughly 40 games. They focused on the hitting side of the equation, talking about the continued improvement of Francisco Lindor and his readiness for the major leagues, what changes Giovanny Urshela made to key his hot start to the season, the development of Tyler Naquin, and much more.
May 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E12: Taming the Tigers edition
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about several things regarding the Indians. They will talk about the current homestand with the disappointing sweep to the Athletics and the promising start of the series with the Tigers. Also, they will talk about the decision to add Jason Giambi to the roster and send down Jesus Aguilar, the importance of at least winning this Tigers series, the emergence of Corey Kluber as a legit front of the rotation pitcher and lots more!
May 20, 2014   (2 comments)
Bauer is ready to rock and roll in Cleveland's rotation
After a disappointing 2013 for Trevor Bauer, the righty labored through the offseason and after recording seven quality starts it is apparent his hard work has paid off. Bauer has been the essence of consistency this season at Triple-A Columbus and because of that he will make his second big league start of the season Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers. The IBI's Adrienne Robbins caught up with him before his departure from Columbus....
May 20, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #45: Tigers 4, Indians 5
After getting swept with absolute ease by perhaps the second best team in baseball, the Indians welcomed in the one team that is likely better. The Indians gave up leads of 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3 on the night before finally scoring once again when the Tigers had no shot to comeback....with a walkoff homer from Michael Brantley in the 10th inning. The IBI's Kevin Dean shares his second thoughts on the game...
May 20, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: LaHair finding comfort in Akron
The RubberDucks won two series, sweeping the Harrisburg Senators at home and taking two out of three from the Erie SeaWolves on the road before dropping Monday evening’s contest in Altoona. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for the RubberDucks in his new weekly notebook and updates us all on how many of the players are doing, all the latest transactions news, and more.
May 20, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.05
Here is episode number five this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go on site to Akron, home of the Indians' Double-A affiliate Akron RubberDucks. Host Hayden Grove talks to manager Dave Wallace about a lot of his players, interviews outfielder Bryson Myles on camera, and also checks in with IBI contributor and RubberDucks intern Jake Dungan to get his thoughts on the RubberDucks experience and what he has seen the first month-plus of the season from the players.
May 20, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: May 19, 2014
The High-A Carolina Mudcats had a night off on Monday, but the Indians other three farm teams were in action and provided several interesting performances. Alex Lavisky continues to play well at Akron and Adam Plutko continues to dominate at Lake County, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances among many others as he takes us Around the Farm...
May 20, 2014   (9 comments)
Brantley's walk-off homer sends Indians over Tigers in extras
Just what the doctor ordered. For a team that has struggled virtually all season, there continues to be one Tribe player that has remained consistent, and so smooth. Knotted in a 4-4 tie in the tenth inning, Michael Brantley gave the Indians their biggest hit of the year. Leading the club in both homers and RBI, Dr. Smooth added to his total launching a walk-off home run off Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque to give the Tribe a 5-4 win Monday. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the victory from the ballpark.

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