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September 13, 2014   (5 comments)
Avila homer sends Tigers over Indians, 5-4
Clinging to a 4-3 lead with two outs in the eighth, Detroit's Alex Avila sent Cleveland to their most crushing defeat with one swing of the bat. The Tigers catcher connected on what became a game-winning two-run homer off Bryan Shaw, sending the Tribe to a 5-4 loss Saturday night. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating game from Comerica Park.
September 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Alex Lavisky
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to move up a few levels in the system and talk about a position player who has a high draft pedigree and has maybe not lived up to expectations but who is still interesting and has a decent shot at reaching the big leagues.
September 13, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #146: Indians 2, Tigers 7
The Indians were unable to capitalize against David Price early, J.D. Martinez struck another big blow and the Tigers pulled away late in the first game of an important three game series. The IBI's John Grimm provides his second thoughts on the game and looks at some decisions the Tigers made to put the current roster together...
September 13, 2014   (6 comments)
Price, Tigers trounce over Indians, 7-2
The price for a spot in the postseason continues to climb for the wavering Indians. Opening a crucial three-game series with division rival Detroit, Cleveland's woes offensively continued at Comerica Park Friday night. Behind a stellar start from lefty David Price, Tigers bats stole the show late, leading them to a 7-1 victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the game from Motown.
September 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Orioles' Davis banned 25 games for amphetamines
The weekend has finally arrived! 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 Chris Davis testing positive for amphetamines, how much money Giancarlo Stanton could fetch in his next contract, the Yankees shake up their baseball operations, and more.
September 12, 2014   (1 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Season-End Awards
The RubberDucks finished the regular season 73-69 overall, losing 10 of their last 11 games.Despite the rough ending, Akron had a strong, fun, and highly competitive team to watch at Canal Park. The IBI's Spencer Davies hands out his awards for the RubberDucks' 2014 season...
September 12, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #144-145: Indians sweep twin bill
As America took time to reflect on the events of 13 years ago, the Indians and Twins played, fittingly, a twin-bill at Progressive Field and it was the Tribe who came out on top in both matchups thanks to strong pitching and enough offense to dispense of the Twins and give Cleveland a series win ahead of a key matchup against the Tigers. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps both games.
September 12, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: September 11, 2014
The Lake County Captains continued to slide in the Midwest League finals Thursday, falling 6-0 to the Kane County Cougars in Game #2. The loss leaves the Captains down 2-0 in the series and has them facing elimination when the action picks back up Saturday at Classic Park. Thursday's loss was an all-around effort, with rough performances across the board. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps it all and takes you Around the Farm.
September 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Cougars blank Captains 6-0, take commanding 2-0 series lead
The Kane County Cougars shutout the Captains 6-0 on Thursday night to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the best of five series. The series will shift to Lake County on Saturday where the Captains will look to extend the series.
September 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Stanton suffers scary injury to face
With a key series against the Tigers starting Friday, can the Indians keep the momentum going? 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 scary situation involving Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Kipnis explains his struggles, Boston indicates they might spend big in the offseason, and more.
September 11, 2014   (12 comments)
Pitching helps Indians sweep doubleheader with Twins
Maybe it was a day off they needed after all. After rain forced the Indians and Twins to play a traditional doubleheader Thursday, the Tribe came out on top twice on a cool afternoon at Progressive Field, netting an afternoon sweep. Both ballgames, while different, were centered on the same recipe for success with more dominant starting pitching. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a good day for the Wahoos at the ballpark.
September 11, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 Instructional League roster and schedule
The 2014 Fall Instructional League gets underway shortly out in Goodyear, Arizona. Over a span of a month around 50 players will participate in weight training and conditioning drills, on-field instruction, and play in several games until it wraps up on Sunday October 12th. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has the details on what players are going out there and the schedule for the four week period. Be sure to follow the IBI all fall for updates on the happenings in "Instructs", the Arizona Fall League and more.
September 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Captains off to rocky start in finals
The Lake County Captains got their second taste of champagne on Sept. 7 after sweeping the Fort Wayne TinCaps to advance to the championship round of the Midwest League playoffs. Unfortunately for the Captains, the offense was absent in Game 1 of the championship series in Kane County. Championship action continues this week and the team will return home on Sept. 13 for Game 3. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps what happened the past week...
September 11, 2014   (27 comments)
Around the Farm: September 10, 2014
The Midwest League finals started Wednesday night, with the Lake County Captains losing for the first time in the playoffs. Despite dropping Game #1 4-3 to the Kane County Cougars, there were still a few performances that stand out. One came from Bradley Zimmer, who is doing his best to show the organization he is ready to move quickly through the system. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Zimmer's night and the rest of the action in the series opener as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 11, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Royals regain sole possession of first in AL Central
It was a big night in the AL Central on Wednesday as the Royals and Tigers squared off for the final time in their three game series. The Tigers took the first two games on Monday and Tuesday, but behind the pitching of James Shields on Wednesday were able to wrestle away control of first place from the Tigers. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday...
September 10, 2014   (5 comments)
Captains fall in championship series opener, 4-3
The Kane County Cougars (1-0) took the lead in the bottom of the second and made it stick behind a great outing by Jen-Ho Tseng. The Cougars took game one from the Lake County Captains (0-1) 4-3 on Wednesday night.
September 10, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: Brown, Rodriguez have big turnarounds
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the tremendous second half from Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. They were the big keys to the team’s second half turnaround, and he looks into their improvement not only in their performance but as prospects as well. He also provides several comments from the front office on recently called up players Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, Bryan Price as well as some thoughts on the rookie level AZL Indians championship season along with some interesting comments and comps on some key players there.
September 10, 2014   (6 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #143: Twins 4, Indians 3
Trevor Bauer was dominant on Tuesday night going eight strong innings, but a misstep to four consecutive batters in the fourth was the difference in the game. In the end the Indians were unable to once again put together any offense and they lost 4-3. The IBI's Michael Rich steps in and provides his second thoughts on a disappointing loss for the Indians...
September 10, 2014   (35 comments)
Huge four-run fourth inning sends Twins over Indians, 4-3
They say baseball is a game of inches. Give Michael Brantley an extra inch on a sliding defensive play, and Trevor Bauer may have had himself a shutout Tuesday. Instead, the farther into September it gets, the farther it seems the Indians are fading out of contention. Opening up a three-game series with the last place Minnesota Twins, Cleveland was handed a tough 4-3 loss Tuesday night, thanks to a game changing fourth inning.
September 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Coaches Corner '14: RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace. In their talk, they discussed the atmosphere in Akron down the stretch, Wallace's assignment to the Arizona Fall League, which players stood out to him in 2014, and, of course, Francisco Lindor.

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