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August 4, 2013   (9 comments)
Around The Farm:  August 3, 2013
Two of the hottest players in the Indians' farm system continued their hot streaks on Saturday as Bryson Myles' hit streak moved to 16 games while Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched one of his best games of the season. Also, Akron's Jesus Aguilar continued to show signs that his power may be returning as he hit his third home run in eight games. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 2, 2013   (13 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Did the Tribe do right at the deadline?
The MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone, and it ended up being a quiet trade season for the Indians as the team only acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. Some fans had been clamoring for other moves, but Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti ultimately decided to make the safe move, which could be better for the long haul. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses the Indians' approach at the deadline in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
July 29, 2013   (5 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Tribe caps strong week with sweep
The Cleveland Indians had a successful week as they are currently on a four-game win streak and coming of a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. Despite the strong performance, the Tribe was unable to gain ground on the Tigers as Detroit also had a strong week and went 6-1. Nonetheless, the Tribe now has momentum again that they'll look to carry into this week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in his weekly notebook, Notes From the Wigwam.
July 28, 2013   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: July 27, 2013
While Mahoning Valley and the AZL Indians were rained out on Saturday, the rest of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action and there was plenty of action to recap. Second baseman Joseph Wendle had just the latest impressive night in what has turned into an impressive season while Trevor Bauer was on the mound for the Clippers. Carlos Moncrief and Ronny Rodriguez also had nice games for the Aeros. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 26, 2013   (8 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging trade deadline priorities
The MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away, which means that there are plenty of rumors as to what the Cleveland Indians should do. Everyone seems to have their own take on who the Tribe should go after, but it's evident that the team is in need of an upgrade. Mark Reynolds has struggled immensely over the past few months, and the IBI's Steve Orbanek returns to Orbiting Cleveland this week to opine that the Indians need to acquire a professional bat to replace Reynolds.
July 8, 2013   (5 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe loses ground
The Cleveland Indians went through a rough patch this past week as the team lost its series against the Kansas City Royals and also dropped the first two games of a four-game series against the Tigers. The bullpen struggled mightily and played a big role in the Indians losses, and there now seem to be some major pitching questions moving forward. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
July 7, 2013   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: July 6, 2013
There was plenty of action to recap Saturday night in the Indians farm system as all the affiliates were in action, and there were also many outstanding performances. Joe Wendle continued his recent tear with a record-setting night at Carolina while Danny Salazar put together his latest brilliant effort on the mound. Plus, Nellie Rodriguez had arguably his finest night as a professional. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 5, 2013   (6 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Fixing the bullpen
The Indians have had a bit of an underwhelming week so far as the team was fresh off a four-game sweep over the White Sox but scuffled to a 1-2 record against the Royals. The culprit for the tough Kansas City series was the bullpen, which seems to become more and more unstable by the day. Are there any ways that the Tribe can improve the bullpen in order to stay in contention? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
July 1, 2013   (5 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Indians move into first-place tie
The Cleveland Indians had an especially productive week as the team went 6-2 and capped off the week with a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. After the strong week, the Indians are now 44-38 and tied with the Detroit Tigers atop the American League Central. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
June 30, 2013   (0 comments)
Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.10: Tribe reclaims first place
The IBI's Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek return to the cyber airwaves tonight for a new episode of CSI: Cleveland Sports Insiders. Join the two as they touch on the Tribe's hot week and also the results of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2013 draft. It all goes live tonight at 9 p.m. on the IBI radio network...
June 30, 2013   (3 comments)
Around The Farm:  June 29, 2013
Each year, prospects rise and fall within the Indians system, and Joe Wendle can officially be classified as one of this year's biggest risers. Wendle had another brilliant performance Saturday as he recorded his fourth home run in his last eight games. Wendle was not the only player to impress though as Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez and Juan Diaz all had strong nights at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps those performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 28, 2013   (3 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: What's ahead for Scott Kazmir?
One of the best stories of the 2013 Indians season has definitely been Scott Kazmir. The left-hander is currently 4-4 and has looked absolutely dominant in his last two outings. He's proven to be a solid back-of-the-rotation arm, and he really is one of the better Indians minor league signings in recent memory. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes a look at Kazmir's season in the latest edition of the IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
June 24, 2013   (0 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe wins two more series
The Cleveland Indians had a pretty solid week as the team went 4-2 and won their series against both the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps the biggest catalyst for the wins was second baseman Jason Kipnis, who just dominated and is now hitting .283 on the season. Other strong performances also came from Michael Bourn and left-hander Scott Kazmir. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
June 23, 2013   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: June 22, 2013
It was a very busy night around the Indians' farm system on Saturday night as every affiliate was in action. There were a number of top performances as Jerrud Sabourin continued to impress as the undrafted wonder while Ronny Rodriguez showed why his prospect status continues to rise. Plus, utility man Cord Phelps continued to dig himself out from his early season slump. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he covers all these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 21, 2013   (15 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The case to acquire Cliff Lee
It's hard to believe it, but we're now more than halfway through the month of June, which means the MLB Trade Deadline is just over a month away. While the Cleveland Indians trail the Detroit Tigers by four games in the American League Central, as long as the team maintains that pace, they should be buyers come the deadline. And who should the Indians look to buy at that point? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his thoughts on the topic in the lastest edition of the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
June 17, 2013   (1 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe shows improvement
The Cleveland Indians are starting to get back on the right track and went 4-2 this past week while earning series victories over the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. Perhaps no players was more impressive than right-hander Corey Kluber, who went 2-0 in two starts and allowed just one run in 16 innings of work. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek he looks back at Kluber's performance and more in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
June 14, 2013   (4 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The pleasant surprise of Corey Kluber
The Cleveland Indians have been full of surprises this season. From Ubaldo Jimenez's sudden resurgence to the team's recent losing streak, there has been no lack of storylines. However, the most pleasant surprise has arguably been the development of right-hander Corey Kluber. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes an in-depth look at Kluber in the latest edition the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
June 10, 2013   (1 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Losses mount
The losses continue to mount for the Cleveland Indians as the team went 0-6 this past week and is now in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Virtually nothing went right for the Indians, and the team is now 30-32 and 5 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he regretfully revisits this past week in the latest edition of the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
June 7, 2013   (1 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Jimenez's resurgence continues
The Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series tonight against the Detroit Tigers. While it's only June, the series could prove pivotal as the Indians trail the Tigers by 2 1/2 games and have now gone 4-12 in their last 16 games. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Tribe tonight in what could be the closest thing to a must-win series that a team can have in June. Jimenez has been impressive as of late, but can that continue tonight? And will it continue over the course of the season? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tackles that question in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
June 3, 2013   (0 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Bullpen woes take toll
It was a rough week for the Cleveland Indians as the team's left-handed bullpen options continued to let them down and played a key role in the team finishing 3-4. Of course, if there is a positive, it's the fact that the Detroit Tigers struggled as well during the past week and only lead the Indians by a half game in the American League Central. The Indians will attempt to get things back on track this week, but before they do that, take a moment to join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps this past week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.

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