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May 26, 2014   (2 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Salazar returns to Columbus
The Clippers dropped the final two games in Syracuse, but ultimately won the season series against the Chiefs taking five of eight. The Clippers finished the road trip taking only two of eight games. Danny Salazar made his return to the Clippers a forgettable one, lasting just 2.2 innings and 70 pitches where he gave up five runs on six hits and three walks and only struck out one. Join Michael Rich and go Sailing with the Clippers.
May 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #51: Indians 2, Orioles 4
On Sunday, Josh Beckett managed to turn the clock back a few years as he threw Major League Baseball's first no-hitter of the season for the Dodgers. Trevor Bauer also had a glimpse back in time, but the memory wasn't so pleasant as he tossed over 100 pitches in only four and a third innings. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on a 4-2 loss as the Tribe settled for a series split in Baltimore.
May 26, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: May 25, 2014
Happy Memorial Day everyone! The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and looks at yet another outstanding performance from the hot hitting Paul Hendrix at Lake County, new daddy Eric Haase going yard in his first game back, Mitch Brown's encouraging performance and much more!
May 25, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Manny Ramirez lands surprising new gig
Happy Memorial Day to everyone! 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 Manny Ramirez's return to U.S. baseball, the rehab plan for Jason Kipnis, and more.
May 25, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor, Hendrix continue to impress
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. 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 down the continuing success of Francisco Lindor and Paul Hendrix, the Jose Ramirez experience in Columbus, and much more.
May 25, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #50: Cleveland 9, Baltimore 0
The departure of Ubaldo Jimenez to Baltimore this past offseason was a matter of much controversy, and one whose consequences came to the fore on Saturday. The result was a one-sided 9-0 Cleveland victory as the offense did a great many things right, and as rising national star Corey Kluber threw seven shutout innings. The IBI's John Grimm discusses this game, the apparently unusual strike zone, and the many peculiarities of Kluber's performance
May 25, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: May 24, 2014
Hopefully everyone is enjoying a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. All four Indians full season affiliates were in action on Saturday and Adam Plutko put up another outstanding effort for Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about Plutko's great outing and much more as he takes us Around the Farm....
May 24, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Rangers could look to Morales in wake of Fielder injury
Man, is Corey Kluber fun to watch pitch or what? 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 updates on Cleveland's injury situation, a possible destination for Kendrys Morales, and more.
May 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Finally healthy, Gallas enjoying revival at Carolina
Whether he is staring down a 90 mph fastball or raucously rooting for his Cleveland sports teams, Anthony Gallas has always taken things pitch-by-pitch and day-by-day. While his path to greatness hasn’t always been clear, this approach has taken him and his Carolina Mudcats to new heights. The IBI's Daniel Kale recently caught up with Gallas and talked to him about his big season, his return from injury and more.
May 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #49: Baltimore 8, Cleveland 4
Faced with a tired bullpen, the Cleveland Indians called up lefty T.J. House for his first major league start. While House put in a crucial six-inning performance, offense was the order of the day, with the Orioles posting 14 hits in an 8-4 defeat of the Indians. The IBI's John Grimm reflects on the performance, both as it relates to the rookie starter's use and to left-fielder Michael Brantley.
May 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: May 23, 2014
Offensive was at a premium on Friday night throughout the entire Cleveland Indians organization as every Indians affiliate had a tough time scoring - though Carolina had a solid night at the plate. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us on a trip Around the Farm and recaps the highlights and some lowlights from the night.
May 24, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Could Rob Manfred be the next commissioner?
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! 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 an update in the search for the next MLB commissioner, a potential trading partner for Jeff Samardzija, and more.
May 23, 2014   (1 comments)
Minor Happenings: Naquin is quieting some of his naysayers
In today's massive-sized Minor Happenings that is well over 5000 words, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at how outfielder Tyler Naquin continues to improve every area of his game and really has just one question mark remaining and how he is working to answer that. He also provides a ton of quotes from Ross Atkins on players like Adam Plutko, Anthony Gallas, Francisco Lindor and others, takes a look at second baseman Claudio Bautista and why he is a prospect to keep an eye on, provides details into Robbie Aviles’ turnaround this season, and provides lots of news, insight and analysis on players like Frank Herrmann, Gabriel Arias, LeVon Washington, Dorssys Paulino and others.
May 23, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #48: Indians 8, Orioles 7
Maybe 13 has become a new lucky number for the Indians. On Thursday, they racked up their fourth straight victory an their second consecutive win in 13 innings of play as they overcame more poor defense to defeat the Orioles 8-7. Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall were among the key contributors in the win. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the victory.
May 23, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: May 22, 2014
The Columbus Clippers were on national television Thursday night, but the best story on the farm came from Ryan Merritt. The left-hander continued to impress in 2014 as he dominated in a unique way given the trends of today's game. In addition to Merritt, Lake County starter Dace Kime furthered his case that his early struggles are behind him, the Columbus bullpen essentially had open tryouts for the majors, Anthony Santander got two-thirds of Lake County's hits (not in a good way), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Fielder likely out for the remainder of season
The Indians continued their winning streak on Thursday in another extra inning thriller! 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 Prince Fielder's injury, how long Cliff Lee could potentially be out for, an update on Miguel Olivio, and more.
May 22, 2014   (2 comments)
As expectations abound, Frazier's focus is to just be himself
Clint Frazier knows he has young, gifted talent. He also knows he has something unique -- his own identity. He is working through his first full season and managing all of the expectations that come when you are a first round pick, but through it all he is just focusing on being himself. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on several things related to his pro career to date.
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.

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