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July 7, 2014   (22 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Bourn's chronic hamstring issues a concern
In today's Tribe Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the latest setback for Michael Bourn and how his injury may be more mental than physical at this point. He also takes a look at the magical season that just elected All Star outfielder Michael Brantley is having and why he should be in the MVP discussion, why Corey Kluber deserves to be an All Star but probably won't be getting a contract extension anytime soon, and more.
July 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Aguilar, Perez deserving All Stars
The Clippers started the week in second place, but winning all five home games against Louisville, Toledo and Pawtucket has propelled them into a first place tie with Indianapolis, which will make the next couple of weeks very interesting for Clippers fans. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was and takes note of two Clippers named to the All Star team.
July 7, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #87: Royals 1, Indians 4
As the Indians aimed to win a key divisional series against the Royals, All-Star candidates Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber each made their final push to represent the Tribe in the Midsumer Classic. Kluber pitched eight and a third innings as he earned his eighth win of the season while Brantley went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the victory.
July 7, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: July 6, 2014
The fireworks from the Fourth of July came to an end over the weekend, but Low-A Lake County infielder Grant Fink provided some of his own fireworks with a big day offensively. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his extraordinary performances, talks about Bryan Price's rise in the system, Anthony Gallas' hot bat and much more.
July 6, 2014   (2 comments)
Michael Brantley voted to All-Star Game; Kluber up for Final Vote
Major League Baseball announced rosters for the 85th annual All-Star Game late Sunday night. For the Indians, outfielder Michael Brantley was voted in and Tribe starter Corey Kluber is up for the American League Final Vote. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz explains more.
July 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Yankees add McCarthy, subtract Soriano
Go vote Corey Kluber into the All-Star game! 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 roster moves made by the Yankees, some interesting Indians trade rumors, and more.
July 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Kluber brilliant again; pitches Tribe to a 4-1 win over K.C.
Look up the word in consistency in a dictionary, and Corey Kluber's face should be there. Backed by another brilliant start from the Indians ace, the Tribe took the rubber match over Kansas City Sunday, 4-1 to win the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
July 6, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Naquin, Wendle stack up well despite injuries
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 this week's The WAR Room, Jim Piascik checks in on where Tyler Naquin and Joey Wendle stand now that it is official both could miss the rest of the season with injuries. Join Jim as he breaks down Naquin and Wendle's season and a lot more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
July 6, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #86: Kansas City 3, Cleveland 7
After a loss in front of a sellout Independence Day crowd, the Cleveland Indians won over the Kansas City Royals decisively 7-3 in in front of a crowd of 24,481. In a victory powered as much by Lonnie Chisenhall as by a clutch RBI single by Swisher, the IBI's John Grimm discusses both Chisenhall's success in perspective as well as the situation of T.J. House, whose Quality Start may have - deservedly - condemned him to AAA in the short-term.
July 6, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: July 5, 2014
Danny Salazar was back on the hill for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday night and was so-so but for the most part looked strong, and Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez had a big night at the plate. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performances and the rest of the Indians players Around the Farm....
July 6, 2014   (0 comments)
House notches first big league win, Tribe defeats Royals, 7-3
It couldn't have been a more overdue House warming party. Tossing 6 2/3 innings in a quality effort, Tribe starter T.J. House notched his first big league victory as the Indians took down the Royals Saturday night, 7-3 to even up the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a much needed win from the ballpark.
July 5, 2014   (0 comments)
After scary injury, Lowery is back and ready to finish strong
Jake Lowery took a a 2-2 fastball to the face the night of April 18, and he’s still feeling the effects. The pitch fractured three of Lowery’s facial bones and sidelined him for six weeks. It didn’t, however, shatter his season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down to talk to the Akron backstop and provides an update on how he is doing post-injury and how his season is going.
July 5, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #85: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1
Independence Day 2014 has come and gone, and with it, another occasion for hype that has collapsed under the weight of a blowout loss. On Friday, that loss came at the hands of the Royals as Josh Tomlin took a 7-1 loss. The IBI's John Grimm, in the spirit of the NBA off-season, discusses Josh Tomlin's contract situation going forward, and notes the substantial risk and possible benefits of signing the Tommy John survivor to a long-term deal within the context of his upcoming arbitration awards
July 5, 2014   (11 comments)
Around The Farm:  July 4, 2014
The Fourth of July proved to be a less-than-impressive day in the Cleveland organization, but Arthur Kinney still found some performances of note. One of them belonged to Joe Sever, who looks to be getting back on track after some recent struggles. Join Arthur as he recaps all of the Independence Day action and takes you Around the Farm.
July 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Ventura, Moustakas lead Royals over Indians, 7-1
Just call him, Ace Ventura. It didn't take much for Royals starter Yordano Ventura to solve a stagnant Indians offense Friday night. Holding the Tribe to just one run over 8 1/3 innings, Kansas City cruised to a 7-1 victory in the series opener of a three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the game from the ballpark.
July 5, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Athletics, Cubs pull off blockbuster trade
I hope all of you had an enjoyable Fourth of July. It's also the weekend now too! Make it a great one. 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 blockbuster trade the Athletics and Cubs pulled off, C.C. Sabathia receiving more bad news on the injury front, when Bartolo Colon could get traded, and more.
July 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Minor Happenings: Salazar looks to be back to his old form
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 4, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: July 3, 2014
The name of the game is patience. No wait, that was last night's theme. Anyway, Kieran Lovegrove rewarded anyone who has been patient with him Thursday night, tossing five no-hit innings and showing flashes of why he was a highly regarded third round pick in 2012. He was joined by Claudio Bautista, who will also need some patience in the future as he learns to be more selective at the plate. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, breaking down Lovegrove and Bautista's nights in addition to recapping all the action throughout the organization.
July 4, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Athletics agree to new stadium lease
Happy Fourth of July! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday. Also, a big thank you to all of the men and women serving this country and protecting our freedoms on a daily basis! 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 new deal for the Athletics improving their stadium, a member of the Indians front office turns down a job interview, the MLBPA investigating agents, and more.
July 3, 2014   (4 comments)
International Report: Indians are active signing six players
The International Signing Period kicked off on Tuesday. As with every year it brings a high-paced amount of signings that have been agreed on for weeks or months, and also brings with it a lot of questions as many don't understand how it works. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at how the system works, the problems that have brought to the forefront, and reviews and provides an update on each of the top six players the Indians have signed.

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