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COLUMBUS- Center fielder Matt Carson’s three RBI performance helped clinch a series sweep against the Louisville Bats with a 4-1 victory Friday at Huntington Park.
After knocking in infielders Nate Spears and Justin Toole with a groundball single to center field in the bottom of the third inning, Carson provided the Clippers with some extra breathing room in the eighth with a solo bomb into the left field bleachers.
Columbus starter Paolo Espino was promoted from Double-A Akron earlier in the day and gave a substantial effort in his first start with the Clippers since July 5.
Espino cruised through his outing, allowing just one run on five hits in 5.1 frames of work. Tallying just 86 pitches on the night, the right-hander impressed with his nine punch outs and just two walks to improve his Triple-A record to 2-4 with a 4.23 ERA.
The Clippers put the bats in an early hole by scratching out a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning on Carson’s two-RBI base hit.
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The Cleveland Indians front office has to be nearly flawless to compete for the playoffs in any year.
If you don’t believe that proposition, just ask the Moneyball A’s or Wall Street Rays, whose innovation and knack for value propelled them to long playoff runs.
Entering 2013, the Tribe made major long-term investments on Nick Swisher (4 years, $56 million) and Michael Bourn...
The idea of Asdrubal Cabrera batting cleanup would have been a perfectly good one two years ago when the shortstop hit 25 home runs and owned a 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+). In fact, it would have worked last year when Cabrera's home runs dipped to 16 but his wRC+ stayed solid at 113.
This year, however, Cabrera's .293 on-base percentage, 93 wRC+, and general defensive...
The Indians today announced that RHP Carlos Carrasco has been recalled from AAA Columbus. He will take the roster spot of Preston Guilmet, who was brought up to bolster the bullpen yesterday.
What is particularly interesting is that the Indians plan to use Carrasco out of the bullpen.
“Carrasco begins his fourth stint at the Major League level in 2013, posting an 0-4 record with...
The Indians have lost five games in a row, and lost starting pitcher Corey Kluber to a strained finger earlier this week. Now, it seems that starter Scott Kazmir may miss his next turn as well.
“He wanted to answer the bell today because he knew it was important,” Francona said of Kazmir. “But I think we’ll go back and see what we can do to try to give him maybe a couple...
Louisville- With their offense in overdrive and starting pitching on point the Clippers took the win from the Louisville Bats on Saturday. After three quiet innings Columbus took the lead and kept it for the rest of the night, only giving up a single run to Louisville and winning 8-1.
The Clippers were the first to strike early in the fourth. Jeremy Hermida led off the inning drawing...
When the Indians gave Mark Reynolds a six million dollar contract this offseason, they were expecting the 29 year old to play similarly to his previous seasons in Baltimore and Arizona. Taking into account a slight decrease into production due to age (Reynolds hit his peak at 25, a much younger age than most people), they could have expected him to hit between 20 and 30 home runs...
CLEVELAND -- Well, it sure does stink to be a member of the Cleveland Indians right now.
Five days ago, it was great. Then the Detroit Tigers came to town. By the time they left, they took a commanding lead in the American League Central and stole nearly every reason for the Indians to believe in something good.
Four games and four losses -- punctuated by the Tigers 10-3 hammer...
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This has not been a good week for the Tribe. “Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez...
Ryan Raburn signed a two-year, $4.85 million contract extension with a club option for 2016, the Indians announced on Wednesday.
Although Joe would disagree with me, this was an extension that needed to get done before Raburn tested the free agent waters this offseason. In a season of 162+ games, having productive offensive players low in the depth chart is one of the characteristics...
Kazmir getting tired
While we may have denied or even forgotten about the fact that this is Scott Kazmir’s first full season as a big league starter since 2010 and that he may have a point in the season where he begins to tire or his arm and shoulder may show signs of stress. Of course the same is true for any major leaguer due to the six-month long marathon that is...
One of the Red Sox’ biggest storylines right now is their third base situation. Don’t expect Mark Reynolds to become a part of it.
According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox are not interested in Reynolds, who was just designated for assignment by the Indians.
Reynolds, who has split time between third base and first base with Cleveland this season, is a classic...
7:20 PM: Good evening, all. You’re down to your third-string blogger with co-stars TD and Jon otherwise occupied, so I’m live blogging this bad boy with the Browns kicking off shortly as well! It’s the top of the second (1-2-3 on both sides in the 1st), and Zach McAllister (heretofore, referred to as “ZacMac”) just gave up a double off the wall in left. Michael Brantley...
Things couldn't get much worse for the Tribe, coming out of a four game sweep at the hands of division rival Detroit, but they will have to pull themselves back together for any chance at the playoffs this season. They will make their next move against the sub .500 Angels who currently reside in a solid fourth place in the American League West. While they haven't played up...
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