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May 4, 2014   (19 comments)
Around The Farm:  May 3, 2014
The Indians named Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin the starter for Tuesday's game, but right-hander Trevor Bauer did not let the disappointment of not getting the call affect him as he had another outstanding for Columbus. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night Around the Farm.
May 4, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks outlast Mother Nature for doubleheader sweep
The Akron RubberDucks found a way to defeat not only the Altoona Curve, but also Mother Nature on Saturday night as they swept a doubleheader, 9-7, and 2-1, on a rainy night at People’s Natural Gas Field.
May 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers lose pitching duel in extras, 1-0
The Columbus Clippers (13-14) lost to the Durham Bulls (19-11) 1-0 Saturday. Thanks to phenomenal pitching performances by each starter the game was scoreless all game until Jerry Sands hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning.
May 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Oakland is looking for pitching help
Cleveland has won two in a row. One more makes it a winning streak. 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 the A's search for pitching depth, roster moves made by the Indians, and more.
May 3, 2014   (1 comments)
Masterson shuts down White Sox in 2-0 win
On Friday, an offensive barrage helped the Indians to halt their six-game losing streak. On Saturday, it was a phenomenal pitching performance that earned the Tribe their second straight victory - a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. The IBI's Hayden Grove recaps another Tribe win.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats rolled by Blue Rocks, 8-1
Carolina fell 8-1 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Saturday in a game where nothing seemed to go right for the Mudcats. An error filled fourth inning summed up the disappointing performance for the home team.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains get by Chapman, Dragons with 8-6 win
The Lake County Captains defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-6 on Saturday despite having to face Cincinnati Reds’ fireballer Aroldis Chapman in a rehab start.
May 3, 2014   (4 comments)
RubberDucks pitchers focus on developing changeups
While attending a game at Canal Park this season, fans can "ooh and ah" at the fastballs popping in the high-90s on the scoreboard radar gun. Same with the visible, knee-buckling break of a curveball or slider. But the changeup is a less noticeable and understated element of pitching. Changeups may not be as sexy as fastballs or breaking balls, but they play a key role in a pitcher's development. Jim Piascik recently spoke with a collection of Akron RubberDucks pitchers and coaches about changeups, how each pitchers throws it, and what makes it so useful.
May 3, 2014   (6 comments)
Indians put Gomes on paternity leave, DFA Johnson, call up two
The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster, placing Yan Gomes on the Paternity List, purchasing the contract of C George Kottaras from AAA Columbus, recalling LHP Nick Hagadone from AAA Columbus, and designating INF Elliot Johnsonfor assignment.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #29: White Sox 5, Indians 12
The Indians erupted for 12 runs on Friday night and beat the White Sox 12-5. The sloppy play on defense and the inconsistent starting pitching continued, but the bats came alive against John Danks with Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana leading the way. The IBI's John Grimm talks about Brantley's sudden home run surge and analyzes whether it is for real and also talks about Danny Salazar's outing.
May 3, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: May 2, 2014
It was a wild night out in Lake County. The Captains had a rough go of it in April, but perhaps their come-from-behind win in extra innings on Friday was the spark the team needs to get them going. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about two of the players that had a big hand in the winning rally and overall performance in the game and of course takes us Around the Farm to review the rest of the performances around the Indians system on Friday night.
May 3, 2014   (3 comments)
Indians end losing streak, cruise to 12-5 win over Chicago
Everyone knows April showers bring May flowers, but for Terry Francona and the Indians, they can only hope a gloomy first month of the regular season will make for a new, brighter month ahead. There was reason to believe just that Friday night at Progressive Field. After dropping six straight on their most recent road trip, the Tribe found themselves back in the win column in the series opener with the Chicago White Sox. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a 12-5 win from the ballpark.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks hang on for 5-4 win at Altoona
Funny thing in baseball. You never know when a one-run game is going to break out. That was the last thing the Akron RubberDucks were expecting as Friday night’s game with Altoona went to the bottom of the ninth with Akron holding a 5-1 lead in the series opener at People’s Natural Gas Field. Three singles and a two-run double later, the Ducks were clinging to a 5-4 lead with two outs and the potential tying run on third base. Closer Shawn Armstrong was summoned from the bullpen, and, after walking Stetson Allie to further complicate matters, he induced Mel Rojas, Jr. to fly out to left field, and end the nail-biter in Akron’s favor.
May 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Hanrahan signs with Tigers
The Indians finally snapped their losing streak on Friday night. Will they extend their winning ways on Saturday? 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 Tigers adding a key piece to their bullpen, the latest news on Kendrys Morales, Terry Francona's plans for second base while Jason Kipnis is out, and more.
May 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains walk-off to beat Dragons 9-8, snap skid
The Lake County Captains (8-20) got their first taste of a walk-off celebration as they came back in the bottom of the tenth inning with three runs to take game one of the series 9-8 on Friday night against the Dayton Dragons (17-10).
May 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers rally to take out Bulls 4-3, reach .500
As the old baseball saying goes “walks will haunt” and it applied to the Columbus Clippers 4-3 win over the Durham Bulls on Thursday night. Clippers Jesus Aguilar led off the eighth inning with a walk off of Durham (18-11) reliever Steve Geltz (2-2, 3.86), and later scored the game winning run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Carson as the Clippers (13-13) finally climbed to .500 after Friday’s victory.
May 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats fall to Blue Rocks 3-1 in pitchers' duel
After a rough start, the Carolina Mudcats settled down, but could not rally losing 3-1 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in a pitcher’s duel on Friday night. With the loss, Carolina fell to 13-11 on the season.
May 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For the most part, it was an "it could be worse" type of start for the Indians. They had problems on the pitching staff, the offense and the defense, but still managed to keep their heads above water. However, whatever momentum they had when they headed west completely dissolved as the Tribe dropped six straight. The IBI's Jake Dungan looks back at April for the Tribe.
May 2, 2014   (28 comments)
Jose Ramirez set to join Indians on Friday
As first reported in a tweet on Thursday by the IBI's Tony Lastoria, the Indians are prepared to call up infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. Ramirez did not play with Columbus on Thursday because he was en route to Cleveland. The Indians are expected to place Jason Kipnis on the disabled list though there are other possibilities as well.
May 2, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: May 1, 2014
Some nights you just have it. Thursday was certainly one of those nights for Josh Tomlin, as the right-hander was simply dealing. Tomlin had it all as he continues to make his case for a promotion to Cleveland. Clint Frazier also turned some heads, and though he is not making a case for a promotion to Cleveland, the center fielder had an important first Thursday. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Tomlin, Frazier, and the rest of the action in the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.

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