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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.
May 20, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Sabathia's knee sidelines him
The Indians finally broke the losing streak on Monday! Can they repeat their winning ways on Tuesday? 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 how long CC Sabathia will be out of action, Alex Rodriguez's possible occupation after he retires, potential replacements for GM Kevin Towers, and more.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
The IBI Hot List: Milbrath is working through first struggles
The IBI Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words, and highlights players such as Jordan Milbrath, Giovanny Urshela, Todd Hankins, Robbie Aviles, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson and many others.
May 19, 2014   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians offense is in need of an overhaul
The Indians defense has been a hatchet job worse than the goriest of horror movies, and the offense is wildly inconsistent and lacks any punch whatsoever. Without a pretty solid effort from their starting rotation and bullpen up to his point, the Indians might be rivaling the Cubs and Astros as the worst team in baseball – though are dangerously close to that level anyway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the issues with the Indians lineup, why Jesus Aguilar should be given a chance, and more.
May 19, 2014   (2 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Bauer the next top Clipper set to join Indians
he eight game home stand concluded in walk-off fashion on Monday morning (yes, I said morning). The Clippers got a double from infielder Audy Ciriaco in the ninth to overcome a Mark Lowe blown save and the Clippers defeated Syracuse 5-4. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was and looks at some of the top Clippers' players who are now helping the parent club in Cleveland.
May 19, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #44: Athletics 13, Indians 3
It was almost the same story every game. The Indians would take an early 1-0 lead, but that advantage would be short-lived as the A's bats roared back to not only take the lead, but put some distance between them and the Tribe on the scoreboard. 11-1, 6-2 and 13-3 were the finals of the three games with Oakland on top in every one. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on the sweep.
May 19, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: May 18, 2014
The Indians had several players get their first game action of the season on Sunday with a new affiliate or returning from injury. Righty Duke von Schamann made his Triple-A debut and had mixed results, J.C. Ramirez returned from injury with Double-A Akron, outfielder LeVon Washington played in his second game since missing a month due to an injured oblique. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm and recaps all of the performances.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: White Sox lose Abreu to injury
The Indians are digging themselves a very large early season hole. 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 the White Sox losing their MVP candidate, a DL stint for Washington's Gio Gonzalez, and more.
May 18, 2014   (13 comments)
Oakland slams Cleveland 13-3, sweep three-game series
All winter, the Indians pushed the slogan "Unfinished business," claiming to have more work to do after sneaking into the postseason last year. Yet on the brink of summer, the Tribe sits in the unfinished basement of the A.L. Central where the workload continues to mount quickly. Sunday afternoon proved no different, as Oakland slammed Cleveland 13-3 to sweep the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Plutko's performance paces the organization
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Adam Plutko's dominance of the Midwest League, a look at some straggling RubberDucks, and much more.
May 18, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #43: Oakland 6, Cleveland 2
The ingredients presented to Cleveland and Oakland were very much similar: an entirely comparable number of baserunners, an entirely comparable set of circumstances. Yet the X-Factor separating the two teams on Saturday was clutch, the ability to score with men on base. The IBI's John Grimm notes clutch's importance yet its fickle unpredictability, and makes notes of managerial decisions as well as the strength of Cleveland's offensive contact to date.

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