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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.
May 1, 2014   (0 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: 4/24/14 - 4/30/14
The Lake County Captains may not be winning, but the past week had some undeniable high points. The team posted a 2-5 record and is 7-19 overall, ranking them dead last in the Midwest League. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger discusses some highlights from the Captains' previous week.
May 1, 2014   (3 comments)
Smoke Signals s7e7: West Coast sweep edition
The Indians were 0-for-6 on their recent west coast trip through the state of California. They come home limping with a six game losing streak, an 11-17 record and lots of questions with the roster as the calendar has now flipped to May. The IBI's Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis talk about the issues plaguing the Tribe, provide some ugly numbers on their performance and wonder what can be done to right the ship.
May 1, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #28: Indians 1, Angels 7
The Indians three hit performance against the Angels on Wednesday night was a fitting end to their West Coast trip. The team finished the game just 1-for-22 from the plate, putting an exclamation point on a six game stretch of horrors. The Indians finish the month of April 11-17, and with more questions than when the season started. The IBI's Michael Goodman recaps what went wrong during the trip and the month.
May 1, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: April 30, 2014
With Columbus and Carolina off for the day and rain knocking out the RubberDucks' game, the Lake County Captains were the only Cleveland affiliate in action Wednesday night. With one team going, Jim Piascik used this opportunity to break down each Captains player's night, including Robbie Aviles continuing his walk-less streak, Eric Haase flashing more power, and much more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Hanrahan drawing interest from multiple teams
This April for the Tribe has been reminiscent of the 2005 season. Let's just hope they find a way to finish with the same win total. 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 market for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, Matt Garza leaves his start early, and more.
April 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Smith committed to the game in more ways than one
Committing to anything is tough when one spends six months of the year on the road, but Jordan Smith is managing a dual commitment between baseball and marriage. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with Smith and sat down to talk to him and Akron manager Dave Wallace about those commitments and what he is working on this season.
April 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Fishing for Mudcats: 4/23/14 - 4/29/14
The Carolina Mudcats found an opponent they could not defeat this week: Mother Nature. Four of the team’s seven games were either postponed or cancelled due to rain. Otherwise, Carolina managed a .500 record for the week, earning one win against both Wilmington and Frederick, while also dropping a contest to both clubs. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly Mudcats notebook...
April 30, 2014   (25 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #27: Indians 4, Angels 6
The Indians continue to play bad defense, execute poorly on offense and fail to keep the opposition off the board after they score the half inning prior. All of that leads to a five-game losing streak and poor 11-16 start so far this season. The IBI's Charlie Adams reviews last night's 6-4 loss to the Angels and analyzes key moments in the game where had the Indians gotten just one clutch hit or key pitch they actually may have won the game.

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