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July 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the All-Star Break, part one
There have been plenty of ups and downs for Cleveland so far in 2014, yet the team is entering the All-Star break at a perfectly average 47-47. There have been a few notable breakout stars and players performing above their true talent, but given the number of disappointments Cleveland's gone through, .500 actually feels pretty good right now. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part one of his All-Star break roster rankings, listing players #42 through #22.
July 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Sailing with the Clippers: A week of ups and downs
The Columbus Clippers had a long week full of ups and downs. They started the week tied for first with Indy. The Clippers dropped three to Pawtucket and the first two to Indy before winning four straight to end the week exactly how they began it – tied for first. Join Michael Rich as he recaps the strange week the Clippers had and looks ahead to what's to come.
July 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #94: White Sox 2, Indians 3
The Indians head into the All-Star Break on a high note earning a game and series win over the White Sox. After 94 games, the Tribe sits in third place at an even 47-47 and seven and a half games behind first place Detroit. Considering the inconsistency this team has battled through so far, that's not the worst spot to be in. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the victory.
July 14, 2014   (12 comments)
Around The Farm: July 13, 2014
It was a big night for some of the top prospects in the system, with Francisco Lindor representing the organization in the Futures Game and Jesus Aguilar and Clint Frazier staying hot. As we head into the All-Star break, Arthur Kinney has you covered, recapping the performances of those top prospects and everyone else throughout the system. Join Arthur as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 13, 2014   (14 comments)
Storylines: Antonetti speaks about Indians' plans
The Indians head into the All-Star break just 3.5 games out of the second Wildcard spot. 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 what Cleveland could look to do before the trade deadline, Miami receiving calls on Giancarlo Stanton, and more.
July 13, 2014   (4 comments)
Gomes powers Indians over White Sox, 3-2
For a first half of a season that featured so many highs and lows, Sunday's series finale couldn't have ended on a better note. Trailing Chicago 2-1 in the eighth inning, Yan Gomes stepped up and delivered when it mattered most. The Tribe catcher launched a go-ahead two-run homer just over the wall in right field to give the Indians both the lead and win, edging the White Sox, 3-2. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
July 13, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Merritt, Lugo pitching well in the lower levels
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. This week's edition includes a look at a pair of left-handers in the lower levels -- Ryan Merritt and Luis Lugo -- who are both performing quite well, though their ERAs kind of skew the story. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the truth behind Merritt and Lugo's respective ERAs in addition to the rest of the organization's pitchers as he takes you into The WAR Room.
July 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #93: White Sox 6, Indians 2
In Zach McAllister's first start in the major leagues since his disastrous May 21st outing against Detroit, the Cleveland Indians found themselves on the losing end of a 6-2 loss that, because of a 9th inning rally by Chicago, was closer than the final score would indicate. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down McAllister's performance within the context of his 2014 season and provides a cursory overview of the Cleveland Indians' 2014 BABIP numbers to date.
July 13, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm:  July 12, 2014
In the early part of the season, Clint Frazier's performance did not truly look the part of a high first round pick. It was still early for the center fielder, however, and the lack of results was not truly a big problem. Lately, however, Frazier has turned things around and started to put up some big numbers. Join Arthur Kinney as he outlines Frazier's recent tear and recaps the rest of the action from the minor leagues, taking you Around the Farm.
July 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Offense falls flat as Tribe lose to White Sox, 6-2
On Friday night, an overturned challenge helped the Indians to dismantle the White Sox and on Saturday afternoon, things seemed to be heading in that same direction.
July 12, 2014   (1 comments)
Mejia is developing into a special defender behind the plate
Very few players come along in the minor leagues who are viewed as special in one particular skill. Lots of players are above average or considered “plus” with a certain skill, but few have what is considered an elite bat or elite arm. The Indians happen to have a couple of players in their system with elite skills or intangibles, but one player who has really come onto the scene and really stands out is catcher Francisco Mejia.
July 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #92: White Sox 4, Indians 7
Making their way back to the .500 mark, the Cleveland Indians defeated the White Sox 7-4 in a largely offense-dominant affair. Turned on its head by a challenge in the fifth, Friday's win continued the momentum of Thursday's victory over the Yankees. The IBI's John Grimm concerns himself with the causes for Kluber's ineffective outing as well as the recent, limited renaissance of Nick Swisher, the lightning rod of the team.
July 12, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: July 11, 2014
It was a big night for 2013 first round pick Clint Frazier as he had his best night as a pro going 5-for-5 with two homers. He has really picked up his play of late and looks to be settling in at the Low-A Lake County level. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and many others in his trip Around the Farm from Friday night...
July 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: The hot stove is heating up
The King has returned to Cleveland! With two iconic athletes in LeBron and Manziel, Cleveland sports have certainly become a lot more interesting. 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 a number of trade rumors, when Justin Masterson could be back in the starting rotation, Jordan Zimmermann gets a scare, and more.
July 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Tribe get second chance, beat White Sox 7-4
LeBron James decided on Friday afternoon that the Cavaliers would get a second chance for a championship, in what may be known as the biggest day in Cleveland sports history. Hours later, the Indians got a second chance of their own and made the most of it in a 7-4 beating of the White Sox that took them back to the .500 mark on the season.
July 11, 2014   (3 comments)
Minor Happenings: Rodriguez heating up in the second half
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria reviews the season that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is having to date and the development process he has gone through with his coaches to bring more consistency to his bat. He also provides an absolute ton of comments from Ross Atkins on players up and down the system such as Giovanny Urshela, Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, Clint Frazier, Eric Haase, Francisco Mejia, and many more.
July 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #91: Yankees 3, Indians 9
The Tribe was just about down for the count by the seventh inning trailing 3-0 and struggling to get a runner in scoring position, let alone come through with an RBI knock, but the Indians bid the Yankees and Derek Jeter farewell with a come-from-behind 9-3 victory to split the four-game set. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on Cabrera's clutch triple and Roberto Perez's big league debut.
July 11, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: July 10, 2014
Well, LeBron James is still undecided. Or maybe he isn't. Who knows? But unlike James, one star in the Cleveland organization was ready to go Thursday night. Francisco Lindor may be having a slightly down season compared to his high standards, yet the shortstop still looks ready for a promotion sooner rather than later. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Lindor's night, recaps the rest of the action throughout the system, and takes you Around the Farm.
July 11, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: The injury bug strikes three star players
While Cleveland continues to wait for LeBron's decision, the Indians pulled off a win against the Yankees! Is today the day LeBron comes home? 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 injuries to Masahiro Tanaka, Yadier Molina, and Brandon Phillips, Jonathan Papelbon's recent comments about being traded, a possible landing spot for Ben Zobrist, and more.
July 11, 2014   (6 comments)
Rookie Perez homers to cap Indians route over Yankees, 9-3
Roberto Perez will remember Thursday night for the rest of his life. Making his Major League debut, the 25 year-old catcher's dream came true in front of his very eyes. Leading New York 4-3 in the eighth, Indians bats exploded for five runs in the inning, capped off by Perez's first big league home run. The two-run shot increased the Tribe lead and they never looked back, routing the Yanks, 9-3. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.

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