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May 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #31: White Sox 4, Indians 3
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Perhaps Dickens was prophesying Sunday's game between the Indians and White Sox with those words. Either way, it encapsulates the resounding joy followed by sheer frustration and heartbreak felt by Tribe fans that afternoon. Kluber and Kottaras made history, but Axford couldn't finish the job. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the loss.
May 5, 2014   (22 comments)
Around the Farm: May 4, 2014
When Dylan Baker went down with an injury just a few games into the season the Indians needed a pitcher to step up and fill his spot well in the High-A Carolina rotation. Right-hander D.J. Brown saw an opportunity, has since taken it, and has more than stepped up and performed well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his performance as well as a host of others in another edition of Around the Farm.
May 5, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: Bourn and Giambi injuries not considered serious
Well, Sunday's game really halted what seemed to be some growing momentum for the Tribe. 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 Cincinnati injury news, a surprising financial move made by the Rays, and more.
May 4, 2014   (17 comments)
Axford blows save, White Sox edge Indians, 4-3
Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once said, "The key to winning baseball games is pitching, defense and three-run homers." The Indians brought the starting pitching and defense, but it was the White Sox that would bring the final punch. A three-run homer off the bat of right fielder Dayan Vicideo in the ninth inning allowed Chicago to avoid the series sweep Sunday, defeating the Tribe, 4-3. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
May 4, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: The 2013 Carolina and Lake County hitters
For one final time, The WAR Room will bring you the advanced statistics from the 2013 season. Starting next week, we will begin evaluating the 2014 stats, as at that point the number of games played will be enough to yield useful stats. Join Jim Piascik as he looks back one more time on 2013 and brings you the advanced statistics for the Carolina Mudcat and Lake County Captain hitters.
May 4, 2014   (16 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #30: White Sox 0, Indians 2
The Indians shut down the White Sox on Saturday as Masterson put the ball on the ground and the offense did just enough to win 2-0. While the Indians won, the IBI's John Grimm looks at to interesting notes from what was an otherwise rough game to watch. He talks of Jose Ramirez's rise and Masterson's outing...
May 4, 2014   (19 comments)
Around The Farm:  May 3, 2014
The Indians named Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin the starter for Tuesday's game, but right-hander Trevor Bauer did not let the disappointment of not getting the call affect him as he had another outstanding for Columbus. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night Around the Farm.
May 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Oakland is looking for pitching help
Cleveland has won two in a row. One more makes it a winning streak. 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 A's search for pitching depth, roster moves made by the Indians, and more.
May 3, 2014   (1 comments)
Masterson shuts down White Sox in 2-0 win
On Friday, an offensive barrage helped the Indians to halt their six-game losing streak. On Saturday, it was a phenomenal pitching performance that earned the Tribe their second straight victory - a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. The IBI's Hayden Grove recaps another Tribe win.
May 3, 2014   (4 comments)
RubberDucks pitchers focus on developing changeups
While attending a game at Canal Park this season, fans can "ooh and ah" at the fastballs popping in the high-90s on the scoreboard radar gun. Same with the visible, knee-buckling break of a curveball or slider. But the changeup is a less noticeable and understated element of pitching. Changeups may not be as sexy as fastballs or breaking balls, but they play a key role in a pitcher's development. Jim Piascik recently spoke with a collection of Akron RubberDucks pitchers and coaches about changeups, how each pitchers throws it, and what makes it so useful.
May 3, 2014   (6 comments)
Indians put Gomes on paternity leave, DFA Johnson, call up two
The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster, placing Yan Gomes on the Paternity List, purchasing the contract of C George Kottaras from AAA Columbus, recalling LHP Nick Hagadone from AAA Columbus, and designating INF Elliot Johnsonfor assignment.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #29: White Sox 5, Indians 12
The Indians erupted for 12 runs on Friday night and beat the White Sox 12-5. The sloppy play on defense and the inconsistent starting pitching continued, but the bats came alive against John Danks with Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana leading the way. The IBI's John Grimm talks about Brantley's sudden home run surge and analyzes whether it is for real and also talks about Danny Salazar's outing.
May 3, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: May 2, 2014
It was a wild night out in Lake County. The Captains had a rough go of it in April, but perhaps their come-from-behind win in extra innings on Friday was the spark the team needs to get them going. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about two of the players that had a big hand in the winning rally and overall performance in the game and of course takes us Around the Farm to review the rest of the performances around the Indians system on Friday night.
May 3, 2014   (3 comments)
Indians end losing streak, cruise to 12-5 win over Chicago
Everyone knows April showers bring May flowers, but for Terry Francona and the Indians, they can only hope a gloomy first month of the regular season will make for a new, brighter month ahead. There was reason to believe just that Friday night at Progressive Field. After dropping six straight on their most recent road trip, the Tribe found themselves back in the win column in the series opener with the Chicago White Sox. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a 12-5 win from the ballpark.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Hanrahan signs with Tigers
The Indians finally snapped their losing streak on Friday night. Will they extend their winning ways on Saturday? 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 Tigers adding a key piece to their bullpen, the latest news on Kendrys Morales, Terry Francona's plans for second base while Jason Kipnis is out, and more.
May 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For the most part, it was an "it could be worse" type of start for the Indians. They had problems on the pitching staff, the offense and the defense, but still managed to keep their heads above water. However, whatever momentum they had when they headed west completely dissolved as the Tribe dropped six straight. The IBI's Jake Dungan looks back at April for the Tribe.
May 2, 2014   (28 comments)
Jose Ramirez set to join Indians on Friday
As first reported in a tweet on Thursday by the IBI's Tony Lastoria, the Indians are prepared to call up infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. Ramirez did not play with Columbus on Thursday because he was en route to Cleveland. The Indians are expected to place Jason Kipnis on the disabled list though there are other possibilities as well.
May 2, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: May 1, 2014
Some nights you just have it. Thursday was certainly one of those nights for Josh Tomlin, as the right-hander was simply dealing. Tomlin had it all as he continues to make his case for a promotion to Cleveland. Clint Frazier also turned some heads, and though he is not making a case for a promotion to Cleveland, the center fielder had an important first Thursday. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Tomlin, Frazier, and the rest of the action in the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Braves, Johnson agree to extension
The weekend is nearly upon us. 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 Braves handing out an extension to Chris Johnson, former Indians pitcher Tony Sipp found a new home, and Scott Baker decides to stay put... for now.
May 1, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: Milbrath is making some impressive strides
In today’s Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the incredible strides that right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath has made in the organization since being drafted a little over 10 months ago. Tony also talks about catcher Roberto Perez’s improvement, provides some comments from the front office on several of the Indians higher profile pitchers, and provides lots of insight and information on the development so far this season for players like Carlos Moncrief, Joseph Colon, Shawn Morimando, Adam Plutko and others.

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