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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.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: May 17, 2014
The Indians had several noteworthy performances up and down their minor league system on Saturday. Paul Hendrix continues to rake, Grant Fink hit a grand slam and Dace Kime had a solid outing at Lake County. Travis Banwart continues to pitch well and Frank Herrmann is racking up strikeouts at a large rate at Columbus. All of this and more in our trip Around the Farm on the night...
May 18, 2014   (7 comments)
No bats, more errors help Oakland trounce Indians, 6-2
Scott Kazmir wasn't too happy in his return to Progressive Field, but his team sure loves it here. Scoring six runs on eight hits, Oakland pitching continued to get the best of a stymied Indians offense Saturday, as the Indians fell to the A's, 6-2. It wasn't just a poor offensive showing either, but a lack of defense that continues to leave manager Terry Francona and his ballclub in limbo. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating game at the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: LaRussa takes job in Diamondbacks' front office
It's getting pretty hard to watch Tribe games with this defense... 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 Tony LaRussa's new gig with Arizona, the Padres losing a key piece to their rotation, and more.
May 17, 2014   (1 comments)
Confident Aviles is making strides in Lake County
It’s been four years since Robbie Aviles was drafted, but his confidence is at an all-time high. He suffered an elbow injury right before the 2010 draft, and now with a repaired elbow he is set out to repair his status as a prospect arm. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the talented righty to talk about his success so far this season and maintaining it.
May 17, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #42: Oakland 11, Cleveland 1
What started out encouraging quickly transformed into disappointment after Zach McAllister allows eight runs in the second inning. On a night when the Oakland offense hit more home runs than did the Indians had total hits, the night became a prolonged, sordid failure - one so Epic that it merits Iliadic parallels. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down the defeat with Homeric flair.
May 17, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm: May 16, 2014
An All-Star in 2012, Bryan LaHair should be in Columbus as he works his way back toward the major leagues. Circumstances have him playing in Akron, however, which was a good thing for the RubberDucks Friday night. The first baseman led the RubberDucks to a win in extra innings in addition to headlining the night on the farm. Join Arthur Kinney as he analyzes LaHair's night and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 17, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Votto could be sidelined for significant time
It's finally the 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 injury to Joey Votto, injury updates on Jason Kipnis and Nyjer Morgan, Heath Bell found a new team, and more.

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