Orioles sign pitcher Clay Rapada to minor league deal

The Baltimore Orioles have brought back pitcher Clay Rapada. Rapada, 33, had been pitching at Triple-A Tacoma for the Seattle Mariners before earning his release. During that time he had a 4.12 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings of relief. Sources: #Orioles sign LHP Clay Rapada, who will report to AAA Norfolk on Tuesday, pending physical. #Tides — David Hall (@DavidHallVP...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels cut seven, Ibanez getting time at first base

The March 18th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels cut seven, Ibanez getting time at first base and much more... The Story: The Angels reassigned Josh Wall, Luis Jimenez, Buddy Boshers, Efren Navarro and Tommy Field to minor league camp. The Monkey Says: Those five are all on the 40-man roster, so they are being sent down. None of those...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels sign reliever Clay Rapada to minor league deal

The Angels have signed veteran left-handed relief specialist Clay Rapada to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Rapada, 32, has a 4.06 earned run average in 152 big league games over seven seasons with six teams -- the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. He has held left-handers to a .164...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians claim Cloyd, DFA Rapada

The American League Wildcard game may happening, but that did not stop the Cleveland Indians from making a move toward boosting their depth for 2014 and beyond. On Wednesday evening they claimed right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd from the Philadephia Phillies. To make room for him they designated left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada for assignment. Cloyd, 26, made 13 appearances (11...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Results

With the beginning of September, the baseball's minor league seasons all come to a close. Now that all the finals are in, we can tell you how each Indians affiliate fared in this years season. For more information about individual players, check out the monthly minor league rankings from the 2013 season, available in the archives tab under "This is Next Year." AAA...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #137: Orioles 7, Indians 2

After salvaging the final game of what was still a brutal road trip, the Indians returned home to kick off yet another crucial series. The mild buzz from finally beating the Tigers and returning home with their best starter on the mound was quickly blown, however, as Justin Masterson left the game abruptly. As a result, the bullpen was put in a tough spot, while the offense sleepwalked...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Clippers bats ice cold in 4-1 loss to Mudhens

Toledo- The Clippers cold bats cost them their last away game Saturday night when the Toledo Mudhens trampled Columbus, 4-1. The Clippers narrowly missed being shutout, but could not compensate for the early runs allowed. The Mudhens wasted no time jumping on starting pitcher Paolo Espino in the first inning. With one out Espino let up a two run homer out to left field, putting Toledo...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Tribe to add 10 players in upcoming days to roster

With the September 1st roster expansion tomorrow, the Indians will use that opportunity to add a significant number of pitchers to their staff. Manager Terry Francona announced the schedule of player additions this afternoon, per Paul Hoynes. From the left side, they’ll add Nick Hagadone and Clay Rapada. From the right side, Vinnie Pestano, Preston Guilmet, C.C. Lee, Carlos Carrasco...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Bullpen falters late for Columbus in 4-3 loss

COLUMBUS- The Gwinnett Braves stole a win from Columbus on Friday night at Huntington Park, 4-3. The Clippers gained the lead in the seventh inning, but a late rally by the Braves would prove to be fatal for Columbus. After two clear innings the Braves jumped on the board first. With two outs starter TJ House let up a double, followed by a line drive single that scored the Braves...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 18, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. David Cooper (Arizona League, 1B) - 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B - I think that David Cooper's rehab period in Arizona may be a short one.  Between David playing like a Triple-A guy hitting...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pluto: Discussing Internal Bullpen Options For The Second Half

In his weekly Sunday morning column, The Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto talked about some options internally for the Indians troubled bullpen in the second half from both sides. The Indians are looking at Clay Rapada (1-0, 2.78) at Columbus as a possible reliever. He was 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA in the majors last season with the Yankees. He’s a side-arming lefty who has been effective...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Clippers blow early lead, fall 4-1

BUFFALO- With both offenses being unproductive, pitching was left with little room for error Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field. The Buffalo Bisons got the upper hand and scored two runs in the sixth inning and then two more in the eighth to defeat the Columbus Clippers 4-1. Right-hander Danny Salazar started on the mound for Columbus and dazzled across four superb innings. Salazar...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 17, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Chun Hsiu Chen: 1B, Columbus Clippers: 2-for-4, 1 2B: Chen was the only member of the Indians’ minor league organization with multiple hits on Monday night, and that alone nabs him...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Release Clay Rapada

Photo Courtesy of Flickr CC In surprising news Wednesday morning, the Yankees have released LHP Clay Rapada, who was a strong addition to the Yankee bullpen in 2012.  Rapada, frequently called on by Joe Girardi, posted an ERA of 2.82 in 70 games, earning 3 victories.  In 5 playoff games, Rapada did not allow a run, yet spent all of this season at AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  I...
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June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Clay Rapada re-signed with the Yankees to a minor league contract

Clay Rapada has re-signed with the Yankees (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Left-handed reliever Clay Rapada has signed with the New York Yankees on a minor league contract. Rapada, 32, has been in the major leagues for six years, his last year spent with the Yankees. In 2012, Clay Rapada had a 3-0 record with a 2.82 ERA. He struck out 38 in 38.1 innings. In 2012, Rapada held...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

A Look at the Opening Day Roster

Clay Rapada was designated for assignment to make room for Lyle Overbay (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Yankees released their Opening Day roster on Sunday, and it includes a 20 percent turnover just from the beginning of spring training. Among the new faces that we will see on Opening Day are RHP Shawn Kelley, 1B Lyle Overbay, and OFs Brennan Boesch, Vernon Wells, and...
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March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 12: Yankees Nearly No-Hit in Loss

Dominican Republic 8 — New York Yankees 2   The Yankees dealt with the World Baseball Classic Dominican Republic team in today’s 8-2 loss.   Hiroki Kuroda started and pitched very well against the powerhouse Dominican Republic team that featured stars like Toronto’s Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion, and fellow Yankee Robinson Cano. Kuroda pitched 3 innings of scoreless baseball...
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March 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The albatross known as Pedro Feliciano has flown home

Every now and then, you eat a bad clam. It's life. Nobody wins every deal. Nobody gets out alive. Your brand new used car? The radiator leaks. Your beautiful blushing bride?  She has a penis. Your expensive new starting pitcher? He's named Carl Pavano.Life.Two years ago, when Brian Cashman dropped nearly $8 million to make Pedro Feliciano our bullpen lefty,  most of the...
January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Stays, Who Goes: The Bullpen And The Catchers

To wrap up this stays/goes series here is a look at the Yankees bullpen and the catcher position, starting with the bullpen:David AardsmaJoba ChamberlainCody EppleyPedro FelicianoBoone LoganClay RapadaMariano RiveraDavid RobertsonRafael SorianoAardsma is a question mark but a hopeful one. He should be given a chance to show what he's got and, since the Yankees have picked up...
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November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 162: Bombers blast their ticket to October baseball

Boston Red Sox 2 — New York Yankees 14   Four home runs blasted the Yankees atop the American League in tonight’s 14-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.   Hiroki Kuroda got the call for the last game of the season and the game that would determine if the Yankees are the American League East champions and he pitched like a champion. Cody Ross brought in the first run of the game...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 151: Nunez wins it in a wild one

Oakland Athletics 9 — New York Yankees 10 (14 innings)   In an unlikely series of events, Eduardo Nunez brought in the winning run on an error in today’s 10-9 win over the Oakland Athletics in 14 innings.   Ivan Nova started today’s marathon of a game and was not good. In just 2.1 innings, Ivan Nova gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Nova opened the game with 3 consecutive doubles...
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September 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Welcome home, Gards. But why am I thinking this is a bad idea?

Brett Gardner - aka, the Yankee Jacoby - could be activated today for the twinbill against the Toronto Not-That-There's-Anything-Wrong-With-Thats. Gards still cannot hit. Basically, that puts him on an even keel with Nick Swisher after August 1. In fact, with runners on base, I'd take my chances with Gardner bunting over half the "professional" hitters on this...
September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 131: Homers Reduce Division Lead

Baltimore Orioles 6 — New York Yankees 1   Absent offense shut down by rookie Gonzalez in the 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.   Hiroki Kuroda pitched effectively and efficiently but the home runs loom large when the offense cannot be found. In 8.1 innings, he gave up 8 hits but the biggest hits were the long ball. All-or-nothing batter, Mark Reynolds, had a big night for...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Time To Count Backwards Again......

All together now;  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5..........What if CC doesn't pitch a 2 hit shut out? What if tonight's game is all up to Jason Nix?What if Russell Martin hits under .200 for the season?What if that new, bald guy proves not to be a good fielder, or a clutch hitter?What if Clay Rapada is really Clay Rapada ?
August 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 122: Bullpen Rocky in ChiTown

New York Yankees 6 — Chicago White Sox 9   Yankees scored early but the White Sox scored late in tonight’s 9-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox.   Freddy Garcia struggled in tonight’s game when he could not finish the 5th. In 4.1 innings of work, Garcia’s control was absent with 4 walks despite striking out 8. Garcia was hurt by former Yankee Dewayne Wise when he hit a two...
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August 21, 2012  |  Discuss
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