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May 8, 2014   (2 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: Hendrix takes over as shortstop
The Lake County Captains had an interesting week that consisted of an 18-inning game, position players pitching and the departure of Dorssys Paulino. Now 9-24, the team remains in the basement of the Midwest League. One player who isn't struggling is shortstop Paul Hendrix, who will look for more playing time with Paulino gone. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently spoke with Hendrix and recaps the Captains' previous week.
May 8, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E9: Pitching, pitching and more pitching!
Our new bi-weekly Smoke Signals format puts us back on the air tonight at 11:00pm ET! In tonight's show Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis look at some of the bullpen talent and depth the Indians have assembled and how it shakes it over the next few years. The will also provide their thoughts on the completed Twins series, delve into some MLB Draft talk, and talk about some of the more interesting early season minor league performances in the system.
May 8, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #34: Twins 3, Indians 4
It’s been a long time since we’ve had one of these wins. Mike Aviles’ hit in the bottom of the ninth inning (with two outs!) gave the Indians their first walk off win of the year. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his Second Thoughts on the walk off magic, the struggling bats, evaluates Danny Salazar's performances and much more.
May 8, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: May 7, 2014
Following a down season at the plate in 2013, it seemed like Roberto Perez was hitting the wall. But the new season brought Perez health and a reinvigorated performance as the catcher is enjoying the best offensive season of his professional career. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Perez, the continued emergence of Jordan Milbrath, and the rest of the action Wednesday night in the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 8, 2014   (1 comments)
Aviles gives Cleveland a 4-3 walk-off win over Twins
History is known to repeat itself. For Indians second baseman Mike Aviles, history did just that Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Knotted up in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth, Aviles lined a walk-off single to center field off Twins reliever Casey Fien to give the Tribe a 4-3 win over Minnesota. A much needed victory for Cleveland (15-19), having won two straight in the four-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the first walk-off win of the season.
May 8, 2014   (6 comments)
Storylines: Potential top-5 pick done for season
A slow day in baseball news, but a walk-off winner makes it a nice night for Tribe fans. 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 unfortunate injury to a top draft prospect, encouraging news for Baltimore regarding Matt Wieters, and more.
May 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 4.0
The college baseball season has entered its fourth month and more and more guys are cementing themselves into the first round. With the draft about four weeks away the IBI's Jeff Ellis updates his draft board and provides his fourth mock of the 2014 Draft and projects out all 41 picks in the first round of the draft - including three Indians picks.
May 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Fishing for Mudcats: Lucas is leading the Mudcats charge
The Carolina Mudcats were an even 3-3 this past week. They took the first game of the home series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks before dropping the next three to lose the series; however, Carolina has been able to bounce back in a big way, taking the first two games against the Lynchburg Hillcats on the road. The IBI's Zachary Francis provides his weekly Mudcats notebook with a small feature on Jeremy Lucas and recaps the rest of the news and notes for the team.
May 7, 2014   (2 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E8: Kluber and Zmac edition (take two)
Smoke Signals.....has come Blog Talk Radio. In tonight's show (moved from Tuesday) IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis once again steps into the co-hosting chair and joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about the Indians. They will talk about the recent performances of Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister and their future in the organization. They will also talk about how the Indians will manage the loss of Jason Kipnis, the decision to go with Josh Tomlin over Trevor Bauer to fill the fifth starter void, and more.
May 7, 2014   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #33: Twins 2, Indians 4
The Indians recent run of brilliance on the mound continued Tuesday night, though this time it came from a new source with the return of Josh Tomlin to the mound in Cleveland for the first time in almost two years. He was excellent in his first start back and hopefully it is a sign that he can help stabilize the backend of the rotation. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides some Second Thoughts on Tomlin's outing.
May 7, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: May 6, 2014
The Indians had several good performances up and down their system on Tuesday night and the IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm to review them all. Kyle Davies was good in his season debut at Triple-A, Jerrud Sabourin continues to hit well at Carolina, Ryan Merritt remains strong at Carolina, and Clint Frazier is really heating up at Lake County. All of these performances and more are reviewed.
May 6, 2014   (8 comments)
Tomlin tosses a gem, leads Indians past Twins, 4-2
Josh Tomlin did something Tuesday he hasn't done in 670 days. Win a ballgame. Making his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery back in August of 2012, Tomlin led the Indians past Minnesota Tuesday night, 4-2. The win marked the first victory for the 29 year-old right-hander since July 5, 2012. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
May 6, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Pirates offer Polanco extension before his ML debut
The Indians' pitching is starting to click, and that could be the start of a much needed turnaround. 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 a surprising candidate for a contract extension in Pittsburgh, Michael Bourn avoiding the DL, and more.
May 6, 2014   (11 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aviles is nearing his pre-draft form
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings which focuses on the pitching in the Indians organization, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot start by Robbie Aviles and why he has had more success this season. He also breaks down Trevor Bauer’s outstanding start to his season and the work he put in over the offseason to get where he is today, provides lots of comments and quotes from the front office on some key prospects at Triple-A Columbus, and provides insight and updates on players such as Austin Adams, Will Roberts, Cole Sulser, Kenny Mathews, T.J. House and more.
May 6, 2014   (6 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #32: Twins 1, Indians 0
After perhaps the most brutal loss of the season, the Indians welcomed the Twins into town for a series of four. This game, while not quite the gut-punch, played out in a similar fashion: not enough offense, and a great starting pitching performance nullified by the closer. The IBI's Kevin Dean breaks down another tough loss for the Indians on Monday night.
May 6, 2014   (3 comments)
IBI on Site 1.03
In episode three of this season's new TV program here at IBI, host Hayden Grove goes "on site" to Lake County and Akron and talks with the IBI's Tony Lastoria about some prospects and the development struggles young players may go through. He also conducts an on-air interview with top prospect Clint Frazier and sits down with both Lake County manager Marc Budzinski and Akron manager Dave Wallace to get their thoughts on their respective teams.
May 6, 2014   (27 comments)
Around the Farm: May 5, 2014
On Monday night something happened in a baseball game that you rarely see, which was two position players pitching in the same game for the same team. That is what happened with Low-A Lake County after the game went deep into extra innings and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that game and recaps all of the noteworthy performances on the night throughout the Indians farm system.
May 6, 2014   (12 comments)
Twins stun Indians in extras, shutout Tribe, 1-0
Déjà vu? You can say that again. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the tenth inning, Tribe closer John Axford (0-3, 4.85 ERA) thrived in his role of the villain for the second straight game. Coming into the ballgame in a non-save situation Monday, Axford served up what would be the game-winning solo homer to Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar, as Minnesota hung onto defeat the Indians, 1-0. Join Tribe IBI beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a dismal night at the ballpark.
May 6, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Cain placed on DL with odd injury
Will the Indians finally break out of their offensive slump? 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 odd injury to Giants pitcher Matt Cain, the Nationals trying to extend Doug Fister, and more.
May 5, 2014   (10 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians lackluster defense in April hurt them
Even with the sting of John Axford's blown save still fresh in our minds, the Indians are off to a good start in May. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews just how bad April was for the Indians and how fortunate they were to even win 11 games, and he also looks at the defensive shortcomings of the team and if they are fixable, give his thoughts on Josh Tomlin as the new fifth start, talks about Corey Kluber's emergence and more!

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