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May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: May 17, 2014
The Indians had several noteworthy performances up and down their minor league system on Saturday. Paul Hendrix continues to rake, Grant Fink hit a grand slam and Dace Kime had a solid outing at Lake County. Travis Banwart continues to pitch well and Frank Herrmann is racking up strikeouts at a large rate at Columbus. All of this and more in our trip Around the Farm on the night...
May 18, 2014   (7 comments)
No bats, more errors help Oakland trounce Indians, 6-2
Scott Kazmir wasn't too happy in his return to Progressive Field, but his team sure loves it here. Scoring six runs on eight hits, Oakland pitching continued to get the best of a stymied Indians offense Saturday, as the Indians fell to the A's, 6-2. It wasn't just a poor offensive showing either, but a lack of defense that continues to leave manager Terry Francona and his ballclub in limbo. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating game at the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: LaRussa takes job in Diamondbacks' front office
It's getting pretty hard to watch Tribe games with this defense... 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 Tony LaRussa's new gig with Arizona, the Padres losing a key piece to their rotation, and more.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Lee optioned to Columbus, House recalled
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have recalled left-handed pitcher T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-handed reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Columbus Clippers win, 8-1, against Red Wings on the road
The Columbus Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak as they traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., to face the Red Wings Saturday night.
Columbus trumped the Red Wings, 8-1, in their first game of the four-game series. Travis Banwart took the mound for the Clippers, going 5.2 innings, with seven hits and one run. Banwart earned his third win against Syracuse.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Mudcats fall to Salem Red Sox, 4-3
The Carolina Mudcats dropped a close one, 4-3, to the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night in front of 4,248 boisterous fans at Five County Stadium. It was the fourth straight loss for the Mudcats, who fell below .500 for the first time all year. Pitcher Cole Sulser picked up his fourth loss – with no wins – so far this season.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
SeaWolves Edge RubberDucks, 2-1
Erie SeaWolves lefty Kyle Ryan tossed shutout baseball for nearly seven innings, and Jason Krizan had a pair of hits and an RBI to lead Erie to a 2-1 victory over the Akron RubberDucks Saturday night at Jerry Uht Park. The loss snapped Akron’s four-game winning streak and set the stage for the rubber-match of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35. The RubberDucks (27-14) maintained their five-game lead in the EL West, as second-place Bowie lost at Reading. Despite the loss, Akron is still one of the hottest teams in the minor leagues, having won 17 of the last 20 games.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains deflate West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-2
The Lake County Captains (13-29) deflated the sails of the West Michigan Whitecaps (24-18) in a 5-2 win May 17. Dace Kime (0-6, 7.82) received the start for the Captains opposite Whitecaps’ righty Jonathon Crawford (1-1, 2.73). Both squads went scoreless through the first two innings until the Captains struck first. Centerfielder Clint Frazier led off the inning with a walk and reached third on a single by shortstop Paul Hendrix. With one out, designated Anthony Santander singled to right to plate Frazier, giving the Captains the early 1-0 lead.
May 17, 2014   (1 comments)
Confident Aviles is making strides in Lake County
It’s been four years since Robbie Aviles was drafted, but his confidence is at an all-time high. He suffered an elbow injury right before the 2010 draft, and now with a repaired elbow he is set out to repair his status as a prospect arm. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the talented righty to talk about his success so far this season and maintaining it.
May 17, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #42: Oakland 11, Cleveland 1
What started out encouraging quickly transformed into disappointment after Zach McAllister allows eight runs in the second inning. On a night when the Oakland offense hit more home runs than did the Indians had total hits, the night became a prolonged, sordid failure - one so Epic that it merits Iliadic parallels. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down the defeat with Homeric flair.
May 17, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm: May 16, 2014
An All-Star in 2012, Bryan LaHair should be in Columbus as he works his way back toward the major leagues. Circumstances have him playing in Akron, however, which was a good thing for the RubberDucks Friday night. The first baseman led the RubberDucks to a win in extra innings in addition to headlining the night on the farm. Join Arthur Kinney as he analyzes LaHair's night and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 17, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Votto could be sidelined for significant time
It's finally the weekend! 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 an injury to Joey Votto, injury updates on Jason Kipnis and Nyjer Morgan, Heath Bell found a new team, and more.
May 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Zips Vs. Flashes: Could this be Akron's year?
The Zips have made the NCAA tournament once way back in 1996, which was the last time they won the MAC championship. Over the last 12 years the Zips have managed two seasons with a winning record, and have not had a .500 record in the MAC in the last 12 years. The IBI's Jeff Ellis talks about an emerging Akron club that is set to square off with Kent State this weekend.
May 16, 2014   (10 comments)
Indians promote Crockett to Cleveland, option Salazar
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett from Double-A Akron and have optioned right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.
May 16, 2014   (4 comments)
Ranking the 2014 Cleveland Indians roster at the quarter mark
The 2014 season has been a comedown for Cleveland so far as the team has been below .500 after making the playoffs in 2013. As always there have been highs and lows for the team, but overall the team has gotten a few more negatives than positives. As always, Jim Piascik brings you a snapshot of each player's performance to date as he ranks the roster at the quarter mark.
May 16, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Who is this Hendrix guy?
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing this month from Low-A Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix and provides some insight and information as to what kind of prospect he is, where his strengths lie, and whether he can keep up his torrid play. He also takes a look at Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko who is having an exceptional pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates with some news of some prospects who could be on the move today, and a lot of information on players such as Justin Sellers, Tyler Sturdevant, Torsten Boss, Eric Haase and others!
May 16, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: May 15, 2014
Sometimes baseball can be a vicious, what have you done for me lately business. You can ask Scott Barnes about that side of the game. The left-hander was one of the top prospects in the system as recently as last season, but Barnes' struggles in 2013 left him dropping in the rankings and in the major league pecking order. The talent is still there for Barnes, however, as he showed Thursday. Join Jim Piascik as he details Barnes' dominant showing, Matt Carson hitting the ball well, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 16, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: The process to replace Selig has begun
Will the rain ever stop in Northeast Ohio? 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 process beginning to replace Bud Selig, an update on Michael Brantley, Hanley Ramirez is seeking an extension, and more.
May 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Late comeback not enough as Clippers drop to Red Wings
It was a classic case of too little, too late on Thursday afternoon for the slumping Columbus Clippers. Despite scoring four runs in the eighth inning, the Clippers (20-19) fell to the Rochester Red Wings (19-20) by a score of 5-4, the team’s third-straight loss and fourth in five games.
May 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Whitecaps Down Captains 5-2, skid reaches five
Raph Rymes singled home Harold Castro to add an insurance run in the eighth inning, and the Whitecaps defeated the Captains 5-2 on Thursday. Lake County has now dropped five-straight games, and their record on the road fell to 2-18.

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