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July 6, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #86: Kansas City 3, Cleveland 7
After a loss in front of a sellout Independence Day crowd, the Cleveland Indians won over the Kansas City Royals decisively 7-3 in in front of a crowd of 24,481. In a victory powered as much by Lonnie Chisenhall as by a clutch RBI single by Swisher, the IBI's John Grimm discusses both Chisenhall's success in perspective as well as the situation of T.J. House, whose Quality Start may have - deservedly - condemned him to AAA in the short-term.
July 6, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: July 5, 2014
Danny Salazar was back on the hill for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday night and was so-so but for the most part looked strong, and Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez had a big night at the plate. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performances and the rest of the Indians players Around the Farm....
July 6, 2014   (0 comments)
House notches first big league win, Tribe defeats Royals, 7-3
It couldn't have been a more overdue House warming party. Tossing 6 2/3 innings in a quality effort, Tribe starter T.J. House notched his first big league victory as the Indians took down the Royals Saturday night, 7-3 to even up the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a much needed win from the ballpark.
July 5, 2014   (0 comments)
After scary injury, Lowery is back and ready to finish strong
Jake Lowery took a a 2-2 fastball to the face the night of April 18, and he’s still feeling the effects. The pitch fractured three of Lowery’s facial bones and sidelined him for six weeks. It didn’t, however, shatter his season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down to talk to the Akron backstop and provides an update on how he is doing post-injury and how his season is going.
July 5, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #85: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1
Independence Day 2014 has come and gone, and with it, another occasion for hype that has collapsed under the weight of a blowout loss. On Friday, that loss came at the hands of the Royals as Josh Tomlin took a 7-1 loss. The IBI's John Grimm, in the spirit of the NBA off-season, discusses Josh Tomlin's contract situation going forward, and notes the substantial risk and possible benefits of signing the Tommy John survivor to a long-term deal within the context of his upcoming arbitration awards
July 5, 2014   (11 comments)
Around The Farm:  July 4, 2014
The Fourth of July proved to be a less-than-impressive day in the Cleveland organization, but Arthur Kinney still found some performances of note. One of them belonged to Joe Sever, who looks to be getting back on track after some recent struggles. Join Arthur as he recaps all of the Independence Day action and takes you Around the Farm.
July 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Ventura, Moustakas lead Royals over Indians, 7-1
Just call him, Ace Ventura. It didn't take much for Royals starter Yordano Ventura to solve a stagnant Indians offense Friday night. Holding the Tribe to just one run over 8 1/3 innings, Kansas City cruised to a 7-1 victory in the series opener of a three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the game from the ballpark.
July 5, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Athletics, Cubs pull off blockbuster trade
I hope all of you had an enjoyable Fourth of July. It's also the weekend now too! Make it a great one. 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 blockbuster trade the Athletics and Cubs pulled off, C.C. Sabathia receiving more bad news on the injury front, when Bartolo Colon could get traded, and more.
July 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Minor Happenings: Salazar looks to be back to his old form
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 4, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: July 3, 2014
The name of the game is patience. No wait, that was last night's theme. Anyway, Kieran Lovegrove rewarded anyone who has been patient with him Thursday night, tossing five no-hit innings and showing flashes of why he was a highly regarded third round pick in 2012. He was joined by Claudio Bautista, who will also need some patience in the future as he learns to be more selective at the plate. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, breaking down Lovegrove and Bautista's nights in addition to recapping all the action throughout the organization.
July 4, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Athletics agree to new stadium lease
Happy Fourth of July! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday. Also, a big thank you to all of the men and women serving this country and protecting our freedoms on a daily basis! 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 a new deal for the Athletics improving their stadium, a member of the Indians front office turns down a job interview, the MLBPA investigating agents, and more.
July 3, 2014   (4 comments)
International Report: Indians are active signing six players
The International Signing Period kicked off on Tuesday. As with every year it brings a high-paced amount of signings that have been agreed on for weeks or months, and also brings with it a lot of questions as many don't understand how it works. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at how the system works, the problems that have brought to the forefront, and reviews and provides an update on each of the top six players the Indians have signed.
July 3, 2014   (1 comments)
Captains Notebook: Brown is finding consistency and success
It is often not easy for young players to adjust to pro ball and for some it can take a few seasons before they settle in and really begin to make some progress. For Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, that has been the case as he strugged his first year-plus in the organization but is really starting to settle in now. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to talk about his season and also recaps the week that was for the Captains...
July 3, 2014   (7 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #84: Indians 5, Dodgers 4
It had been mid-June since the Indians last scored a series win. It took another late game rally, but they scored three times in the 8th inning to come back and take the win against the Dodgers. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on why this was an impressive win for the Indians and more...
July 3, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: July 2, 2014
It is really hard to be patient for any stretch of time. Like waiting for Christmas as a child -- or even now for Jim Piascik, the wait for the final Hobbit movie -- is unbearable (same for the waits leading up to the first two, for that matter). But it is absolutely vital to be patient to a fault with prospects, especially ones with the talent of Mitch Brown and Carlos Moncrief. Join Jim as he breaks down Brown's turnaround, the recent resurgence of Moncrief, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Verlander gets first win in two months
For years Justin Verlander has been the “ace,” of the Detroit Tigers and one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, however it has been a struggle for the former Cy Young the last two years. He got core muscle surgery in January and has not been the same ever since. In 17 starts this season Verlander is 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and only 85 strikeouts. This would be his 3rd worse ERA of his career.
July 2, 2014   (2 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Pitching coach Greg Hibbard
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard for a few moments and talk about some of his pitchers. They talked about the focus for talented righty Kieran Lovegrove, the advanced maturity of lefty Sean Brady, the promise of lefty reliever Anderson Polanco, the change in repertoire for righty Juan Santana, and lots more.
July 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Sever has a changed mentality to game
The Carolina Mudcats were able to continue their strong start to the second half of the season, going 4-3 on the week. Carolina dropped two of three at Salem before winning two of three on the road against Winston Salem. The Mudcats finished off the week by winning the first game of a three game set at home against Lynchburg. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was and also talks to infielder Joe Sever about his season to date.
July 2, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: July 1, 2014
No one is hotter in the Indians farm system than outfielder Anthony Gallas. Since being promoted to Akron a few weeks ago he has been on an absolute tear at the Double-A level and is doing all he can to show he belongs there. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his big night and the rest of the Indians minor leagues players Around the Farm...
July 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Rays may be rethinking trade options
It may be time to let Masterson rest his ailing knee with a DL stint. 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 Tampa Bay's thinking after a recent hot streak, Mickey Callaway speaking about Danny Salazar, and more.

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