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April 26, 2013   (0 comments)
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.2
IBI contributors Jake, Mike and Hayden are back for the third weekly episode of Call To The Bullpen!
This week, the guys discuss the hot start by Mark Reynolds and how he was somehow snubbed from the Home Run Derby Ballot. They'll also talk about the state of the starting rotation, including thoughts on veteran starter Brett Myers going down with injury.
On the MLB side of things, there's...
April 25, 2013   (0 comments)
Some early season off day Tribe thoughts
With the Indians getting the day off today - a much needed one at that - the IBI's Jake Dungan takes the time to add his two cents on a few of the latest hot topics of discussion amongst Tribe fans. He talks about the good start of the season from Mark Reynolds, the mounting injuries for the Tribe, and the Marson-Gomes dynamic.
April 23, 2013   (16 comments)
The State of the Rotation
The Tribe has been shut out some nights and scored 19 runs the next. It may be just a team trying to find its groove as much of the new additions to the roster are adjusting to the change of scenery. However, the starting rotation, which already came into the season with several question marks, is already in a semi-critical state. The IBI's Jake Dungan takes a look at the state of the Indians rotation...
April 20, 2013   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #15: Indians 2, Astros 3
The Indians lost to the Houston Astros. That pretty much sums it up. The offense continues to struggle with runners on base and in scoring position. Brett Myers gave up two home runs, but still managed to keep the Tribe within striking distance over five innings. The bullpen was once again outstanding pitching four shutout innings. However, it all came back to the offense and lack thereof in scoring opportunities. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his "second thoughts" on the game...
April 17, 2013   (15 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #12: Red Sox 7, Indians 2
Cleveland we have a problem. Once again Ubaldo Jimenez took the hill for the Indians, and once again he put up another poor showing, and last night might have been his worst one yet. The IBI's Jake Dungan shares his "second thoughts" on Jimenez and wonders if there are any solutions at the moment, and he also talks about the lack of clutch hitting and more.
April 13, 2013   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #9: White Sox 0, Indians 1
There aren’t many starting pitchers, let alone aces in Major League Baseball who are pitching much better than Justin Masterson right now. On Friday night fresh off of taking out two consecutive Cy Young winners in his first couple starts of the young 2013 campaign, the right-hander shut down the Chicago White Sox in a complete game shutout effort leading to the Indians winning 1-0. Plus, Cleveland's back to their winning ways after a dramatic walk-off win. Join Jake Dungan as he gives his Second Thoughts, after the jump...
April 10, 2013   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #8: Yankees 14, Indians 1
Carlos Carrasco made his season debut Tuesday night after sitting out 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Needless to say, it was a night he’d like to forget along with the rest of Tribe Nation as Carrasco got rocked by a depleted Yankees lineup for seven runs in three and two thirds innings. The IBI's Jake Dungan has some "second thoughts" on Carrasco's performance and more...
April 6, 2013   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #4:Rays 4, Indians 0
The heavily-advertised Indians offense faltered a bit on Friday as no Indians were able to muster much offense other than Michael Bourn. Right-hander Zach McAllister made his season debut and allowed two earned runs across six innings of work, yet the Indians count never mount enough offense to challenge the Rays. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks back at the game and offers his Second Thoughts.
April 5, 2013   (0 comments)
Bauer to start Saturday with Carrasco to go on Tuesday
A few days after the Indians announced that left-hander Scott Kazmir was sidelined with a rib cage strain, manager Terry Francona officially announced that rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make a spot-start in Kazmir’s place this Saturday the Rays. Additionally, Francona slated right-hander Carlos Carrasco to pitch next Tuesday in Cleveland against the Yankees.
April 3, 2013   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #1 Indians 4, Blue Jays 1
Finally, at long last, Cleveland Indians baseball is back. The Tribe opened up the 2013 season with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Justin Masterson settled down to help lead the Indians to some Opening Day revenge as the Jays defeated the Indians in 16 innings in last year's season opener. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks back at Tuesday's big win and offers some Second Thoughts...
March 31, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 Indians Spring Training Game #36:  Reds 1, Indians 9
It was a great day to be an Indians minor leaguer at Goodyear Ballpark as the fledgling featherheads lit up Reds pitching in the latter innings of Saturday’s Cactus League finale between the interleague Buckeye rival Reds and Indians as the Tribe came out on top big time 9-1 over Cincinnati.
March 29, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #34: Indians 4, Padres 6
Some Tribe fans may have had flashbacks to opening day 2012 watching Thursday’s bout between the Indians and Padres in Peoria, Arizona. Justin Masterson shined in five innings of work leaving with a 3-2 lead. In the seventh, closer Chris Perez came in and not only blew the lead, but gave up four runs on five hits including a pair of 2-run bombs, leading to a 6-4 loss.
March 24, 2013   (2 comments)
Spring Training Game #29: Indians 10, Mariners 5
The bats were as scorching hot as the Arizona sun Saturday in Peoria as the Indians and Mariners combined for 15 runs off 34 hits with the Tribe doubling up Seattle 10-5. Scott Kazmir struggled for the first time in Cactus League play this spring, but isn’t expected to lose much ground in the race for the fifth starting rotation spot, which is expected to be decided between him and Carlos Carrasco this week.
March 18, 2013   (3 comments)
Indians announce Matsuzaka, Capps won't make team
The Cleveland Indians announced a number of decisions on Monday as a handful of players were reassigned to minor league camp. Also, the team informed non-roster invitees Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps that they would not break camp with the Major League club. How does this impact the team with the start of the regular season just two weeks away? Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he ponders that thought and goes over all the news from a busy Monday.
March 17, 2013   (3 comments)
Spring Training Game #23: Indians 4, Giants 3
Delvi Cid is far from what most fans would label a can't-miss prospect, but the young outfielder certainly had a can't-miss moment on Saturday. Cid's walk-off RBI-triple allowed the Indians to clinch a 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants. Along with Cid, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera also had impressive performances. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps all of these performances and more as he looks back on the Indians' 13th win of the spring season.
March 11, 2013   (6 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #19: Angels 0, Indians 0
Scott Kazmir’s resume for the Indians’ starting rotation just got longer as the left-hander only allowed three hits and one walk and had four punchouts in four dominant shutout innings. Good pitching by both the Angels and Indians led to a scoreless tie at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday. The Indians move to 11-6-1 in Cactus League play this spring while Los Angeles is now 3-10-1.
March 10, 2013   (2 comments)
Four Down, One to Go
IBI contributer Jake Dungan takes an initial look at Terry Francona's announcement that Zach McAllister has been named the #4 starter for the Cleveland Indians to start the 2013 season.
March 9, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #15: Cancelled
The Indians and Royals were able to get in two and a half innings of play before Mother Nature drenched the Phoenix area and resulted in the cancellation of six Cactus League games, including the Indians and Royals game. Before the rains came Drew Stubbs was off to his best game this spring and Corey Kluber was solid in his start. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the abbreviated game and provides a few news updates on some walking wounded.
March 8, 2013   (7 comments)
Why Jason Giambi?
What is Jason Giambi doing here? Why would the Indians sign the aging first baseman/designated hitter to a minor league deal this offseason? Those are two of many questions that that a lot of fans have asked about the Indians signing of Giambi this offseason. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives some answers to those questions and gives his take on why the move makes some sense for the team.
March 6, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #13: Indians 4, Giants 3
Apparently hitting home runs was as viral as the Harlem Shake in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday as the Indians slugged their way to a 4-3 victory over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Both teams collected their share of runs via the long ball as Cleveland hitters clubbed three solo blasts while the Giants belted two of their own. Tribe bullpen hopeful Bryan Shaw walked away with the win while starting rotation candidate Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three shutout innings.

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