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April 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves tonight with another edition of "Smoke Signals" from 8:30-9:30 PM EST (show may go to 10:00 PM depending on game). Tonight we will simulcast along with the Columbus Clippers airing live on SportsTime Ohio and provide flash analysis on what is happening in the game as well as how the players involved in the game figure into the Indians plans this year...
April 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Three Up, Three Down: 4/21-4/28
Welcome to another edition of Three Up, Three Down. This week, we'll look at the likely opening day 3B for the Tribe next year, a couple of hot Clippers and three pitchers in the system who are struggling as well as our weekly Bold Predictions update.
Three Up:
Despite not having a home run on the season, Akron 3B Lonnie Chisenhall keeps opening eyes across the prospect world. The...
April 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/28: Good Cook-ing Leads To Captains Win
Captains Have Something Good Cook-ing In Win
The Lake County Captains improved to 15-5 on the year with a 4-1 win on Wednesday behind the young, right arm of Clayton Cook.
Cook put forth his best outing of the season to date going six shutout innings and allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out two batters. He was credited with the win, his first for the Captains, and he...
April 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Last Chance For Lewis
Editor's Note: Lewis was placed on the disabled list this morning at Triple-A Columbus with left elbow soreness.
Indians left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis has been through a lot of ups and downs over the course of his seven year professional baseball career. Unfortunately for him, it has mostly been a struggle with the downs, and largely because of injuries.
The injuries started for Lewis...
April 28, 2010   (0 comments)
"Indians Minor League Magazine" is a half hour program on the Cleveland Indians cable network SportsTime Ohio (STO) which airs weekly on Tuesday nights from 6:00-6:30 PM EST. The show recaps all of the highlights from the week that was in the Cleveland Indians farm system with lots of video, interviews, and in-studio guests.
This year I will be writing the "Diamond In the Rough" feature which...
April 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Clip & Dirty: 4/27
Yohan Pino and the Columbus Clippers got into an early hole after some rough defense and a Stefan Gartrell homer but them behind 4-0 in the first. The Clippers responded by scoring 12 runs on 15 hits over the next 3 innings and never looked back. Pino picked up the win as the Clippers bats and continued bullpen excellence did the heavy lifting en route to a 12-7 win over the Knights.
Team...
April 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/27: Donald Has Big Night For Clips
Clippers Pound Out 12-7 Win
Yohan Pino gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning Tuesday night and things looked bleak for the Columbus Clippers, but only briefly. The Clippers blew up for five runs in their half of the opening frame and never looked back in a 12-7 win in the opening game of a four game series against the Charlotte Knights.
Jason Donald started the rally with a solo home run...
April 27, 2010   (0 comments)
The year is 1993.
Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM inspectors to use its own aircraft to fly into Iraq, and begins military operations in the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait and in the Iraqi No-Fly Zones. On President Bush's last day in office, U.S. forces fire approximately 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Baghdad factories linked to Iraq's illegal nuclear weapons program. Iraq then...
April 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/26: Gomez Loses Command In Loss
Mud Hens Walk Past Clippers
Toledo walked away from Huntington Park with a 10-1 victory Monday night, as nine free passes aided the Mud Hens, who took three of five from the Clippers in a two-city, weekend wrap-around series.
Mike Rabelo's three-run shot to near-dead center gave the Mud Hens the lead in the fourth inning. The Clippers got one back in the bottom half of the inning,...
April 26, 2010   (0 comments)
Akron's Week That Was: 4/19 - 4/25
The sluggish home stand got even worse as the Aeros welcomed in the Altoona Curve for a three game set to start the week. After being swept, Akron hit the road to play Bowie in a four game series and until the final two games, things were looking bad. Luckily the Aeros turned it around to end the week on a good note.
Here is everything you need to know about the Aeros for the week of April...
April 26, 2010   (0 comments)
There was explosions and mayhem in Kinston on Sunday, as the K-Tribe's offense put to rest any thoughts of slumber in a 15-2 victory over Myrtle Beach at Historic Grainger Stadium. Kinston hit six home runs to support the tandem of Nick Hagadone and T.J. McFarland, who once again put together a fantastic outing. McFarland got the win with six outstanding innings.
Here are the details to the...
April 26, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/25: Kinston Bats Explode For Six Home Runs
K-Tribe Pounds Pelicans 15-2
Kinston exploded for 15 runs on 15 hits including six home runs, as the Indians pounded the Pelicans 15-2 Sunday afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium. It was the first time Kinston put up six home runs in a contest, since doing it against Myrtle Beach on June 8th, 2007. The K-Tribe belted three of their sixth home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the...
April 25, 2010   (0 comments)
Gardner Off To Dominating Start
It was a long time coming for Cleveland Indians right-handed starting pitching prospect Joe Gardner.
After being chosen by the Indians in the 3rd round of the draft last year out of UC Santa Barbara, Gardner, 22, signed with the Indians quickly and was expected to make his professional debut with short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley when their season started up in mid-June. Unfortunately,...
April 25, 2010   (0 comments)
The Sunday Drive With the K-Tribe: De La Cruz, Kipnis Shine
With most Cleveland fans focusing their attention on Joakim Noah's big mouth this afternoon against the Cavs, the K-Tribe will equally try to overcome some turbulence of their own from the past week. The Kinston Indians found their roller coaster both offensively and defensively in week three. Kinston's starting rotation came back down to earth this week, while the bats started to heat up. Kinston...
April 25, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/24: Bixler Homers Lead Clippers
Clippers Win Handily 7-1
The Columbus Clippers defeated the Toledo Mud Hens 7-1 Saturday night at Fifth Third Field.
After retiring the first seven batters, the Clippers got to Phil Dumatrait with one out in the third. Chris Gimenez and Anderson Hernandez hit back-to-back singles to get Columbus going. After Michael Brantley flew out to left field, Jason Donald hit an RBI double,...
April 24, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/23: Clippers, Captains Stay Hot
Clippers Come Back For 6-2 Win
The Columbus Clippers scored five late runs to beat the Toledo Mud Hens, 6-2, on Friday night at Fifth Third Field.
The Clippers got on the board in the third inning thanks to a one-out single by Trevor Crowe, a stolen base, and a two-out RBI single by Shelley Duncan.
The Mud Hens loaded the bases in the bottom of the third against Columbus starter...
April 23, 2010   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Bo Knows Baseball
"Minor Happenings" is a weekly column which covers the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. While most of the information in this report is from my own research and through interviews I have conducted with organizational personnel, some information in this report is collected and summarized from the various news outlets that cover each team.
I was in Lake County this...
April 23, 2010   (0 comments)
After getting off to a torrid start by winning their first nine games in the Midwest League, the Captains have started to cool off. They lost their first series of the year as the Great Lakes Loons took two of three from them this week in Eastlake. The Captains now sport a 12-3 record, and lead the Loons by two games in the Northern Division of the Midwest League.
On Thursday night, outfielder...
April 23, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/22: Rough Day All Around For Indians Affiliates
Toledo Rallies Past Clippers
Yohan Pino looked like Johan Santana circa 2004 for 3 innings Thursday night, striking out 7 batters and allowing only two weak hits and throwing only 12 pitches out of the strike zone. The 4th inning unfortunately turned out to be a disaster for the Clippers righty. Pino walked two, hit a man and allowed 2 hits that turned into 4 runs for the Toledo Mud Hens...
April 22, 2010   (0 comments)
Diamonds In Single A: Looking Back Part 1
For the first column of the year, I thought it might be fun to revisit the players that this article focused on last year. As the year goes on I also plan to do more in depth revisits of the players to see how they are progressing up the minors, so not only will this space be used to promote lesser known players but will also show the success and failures of these players since they left Single A.

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