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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.
August 3, 2014   (15 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #110: Texas 0, Cleveland 2
On a night where Jim Thome was immortalized in bronze, the Cleveland and Texas bats participated in an evening of silence, as the Cleveland Indians found their way back to .500, defeating the Rangers, 2-0. The performance of T.J. House - while brief, proved to be the defining performance of the night. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down T.J. House by presenting another lefty breakout pitcher as a perfect-world projection: the Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel.
August 3, 2014   (5 comments)
Around The Farm: August 2, 2014
Not every night in the Cleveland organization can be filled with eye-catching performances, as sometimes each team has a collective down night. That was the case Saturday, but while any insane two-homer or nine-inning shutout outings were absent, there were still some interesting performances to behold. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps those performances, including Zach Walters highlighting Around the Farm for the second straight night, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 3, 2014   (4 comments)
House leads Indians to shutout Rangers, 2-0
Two runs on five hits. Talk about a unique way for the current Indians team to honor Jim Thome's No. 25. Well, maybe not exactly, but that would be all the runs and hits the Tribe offense needed Saturday. A two run sixth inning was enough for Cleveland to shutout the Rangers, 2-0 to win their second straight against Texas. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
August 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Cycle just the latest triumph for Jordan Smith in second half
After struggling at the outset of the 2014 campaign, Akron RubberDucks outfielder Jordan Smith has really turned things around in the second half, which included hitting for the cycle last weekend against Reading. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he talks in-depth with Smith as well as manager Dave Wallace about the outfielder's recent success and what he needs to do to maintain it.
August 2, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #109: Texas 2, Cleveland 12
Following up on a surprising two-year trend of beating the Texas Rangers, the Cleveland Indians bounced back from three straight series opener losses with a decisive 12-2 victory over Texas. Taking the hill for Cleveland was Danny Salazar, who threw six innings with only one unearned run scoring. The IBI's John Grimm examine's Salazar's performance, the pitcher's success on Friday, why such success was unlikely, and the positive regression experienced by the Dominican right-hander.
August 2, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: August 1, 2014
Recently acquired infielder Zach Walters made his organizational debut for the Indians on Friday night and had a big game for Triple-A Columbus collecting three hits. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his performance along with all the other performances up and down the Indians system as he goes Around the Farm...
August 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Murphy, Indians offense explode to rout Texas, 12-2
All it takes is a flip of the calendar. With just two months of the regular season remaining on the schedule, the Tribe offense flipped the switch on high to jump-start an important stretch of baseball in August and September that lie ahead. The club exploded for a dozen runs on 16 hits to rout Texas in the series opener, 12-2. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
August 2, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Cliff Lee "likely" lost for season
The Indians got off to a hot start to open up the month of August. Can they keep it rolling on Saturday? 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 Cliff Lee's latest injury, an embattled former closer given his walking papers, a possible target for the Red Sox in the offseason, and more.
August 1, 2014   (7 comments)
The WAR Room: A special, in-depth look at Ramsey & Walters
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. However, today is a special edition of The WAR Room taking a look at Cleveland's deadline acquisitions: James Ramsey and Zach Walters. We have all seen the scouting reports and raw stat lines written about and tweeted, but what do the advanced stats say? Join Jim Piascik as he delves into what the numbers say about the two newest members of the Cleveland organization and takes you into The WAR Room.

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