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Captains hustle to 1-0 win

(Bowling Green, KY)- Dorssys Paulino doubled and scored from second base on a sacrifice bunt and the Captains beat the Hot Rods 1-0. Paulino led off the fifth with a double and then Richard Stock put down a sac bunt, after the Hot Rod catcher Oscar Hernandez threw to first base, Paulino realized no one was covering home plate and raced in to score the only run of the game. Lake County...
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Storylines: Swisher undergoes surgery, done for season

Top Stories: Nick Swisher’s disappointing sophomore season with the Indians has finally came to an end. The first basemen had surgery done on both of his knees Wednesday afternoon and will be out for 8-10 weeks. In one of the worst seasons of his career, this is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean for next season. Swisher has struggled with injuries ever since coming to the...
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Mudcats blow early lead, but score late to squeeze out 6-5 win

Zebulon, NC—After blowing an early lead, the Carolina Mudcats used two late runs to pull out a 6-5 win over the Frederick Keys on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. A four run seventh inning put the Keys on top 5-4, but Carolina showed determination as they continued to fight back. With Joe Sever at first, Eric Haase scorched a double off the left field wall to score one and...
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Smith leads RubberDucks to big late inning 6-4 loss

(Akron, Ohio) - Akron’s Jordan Smith snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth, leading the RubberDucks to a 6-5 win over the Altoona Curve on Wednesday night at Canal Park. Smith went 3-for-4 on the night, and is 4-for-6 in the series. The outfielder knocked in two of the six runs.With the win, the RubberDucks are now tied for first with the Richmond Flying Squirrels...
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Clippers fade late, lose 6-2 to the Mudhens

After an embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Mudhens Tuesday night, the Clippers once again struggled to keep up with Toledo's offense losing 6-2. The loss came with Tyler Cloyd (10-8) on the mound. Cloyd allowed three runs (all earned) and ten hits in seven innings of work on the mounds. Cloyd kept a tight ship through the first but left one hanging for a homer to right field in the...
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Scrappers pound Crosscutters 9-1 in Williamsport

Williamsport, PA - With the country’s attention aimed just minutes up the road in South Williamsport for the Little League World Series, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers jumped all over the Williamsport Crosscutters and picked up their third straight win at Bowman Field with a 9-1 win. Williamsport grabbed an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Jiandido Tromp...
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Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 4

Over the past few weeks and upcoming weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to post pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2014 Draft. The Indians signed 30 players in total and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights as well. In today's fourth...
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Carolina Notebook: Merritt, Plutko lead the Mudcats rotation

Even though the week was bookended by victories, the Carolina Mudcats had another difficult week. The team began the week with a double header sweep of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and ended the week by taking out the Frederick Keys. However, once you figure in the sweep of the Potomac Nationals, the Mudcats week couldn’t have been less pleasant. Carolina looks to finish the season...
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Around the Farm: August 19, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note, Short-A Mahoning Valley and rookie level Arizona were off on Tuesday. Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB - The Undrafted Wonder has a colossal night...
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Storylines: Cleveland locks up Atchison for 2015

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Tuesday, Aug. 19. Tribe News The Indians agreed to a one-year extension with veteran reliever Scott Atchison. The new contract...
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Merritt wins 13th as Carolina Mudcats top Frederick Keys, 6-2

ZEBULON, N.C. — The Carolina Mudcats cruised to a convincing 6-2 win over the Frederick Keys on Tuesday night behind an early lead and a strong performance from Carolina starter Ryan Merritt Merritt (13-3, 2.49) earned his thirteenth win of the season by allowing just four hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings. Carolina’s ace pounded the strike zone to throw 58 of his 78...
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Indians extend Atchison, control through 2016

The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison for the 2015 season with a club option for 2016. Financial details of the deal are not yet available. Atchison, 38, has been a valuable member of the club’s bullpen in 2014, posting a 6-0 record with a 2.95 ERA in 53 relief appearances (1SV, 55.0IP, 44H, 18ER, 9BB, 37K), limiting Major...
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Plutko is enjoying success with Indians in first pro season

The Cleveland Indians have had quite a few very good pitching performances throughout the minor league system this season.  One such pitcher who has had a good year is High-A Carolina right-handed starter Adam Plutko. Plutko, 22, was selected in the 11th round of the draft last June though signed late and did not pitch as he recovered from a minor stress fracture to his shoulder...
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Second Thoughts: Indians continue to lack consistency

Consistency Nowhere to be Found Inconsistency is the only thing that’s been consistent with the Indians this season. Their latest feat has been the offense’s struggles to back a starting pitching staff that has pitched well of late. It wasn’t much more than a week ago where the big question was where the team was going to find starters to complement Corey Kluber. Then they...
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Around the Farm: August 18, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Short-A Mahoning Valley all had scheduled off days on Monday. Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): (S, 1), 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Price earned...
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Lake County Captains lose to Bowling Gree in 11 innings

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –– The Lake County Captains (28-27, 55-70) went 2-11 with runners in scoring position and they left 12 men on base in a 4-3 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-30, 58-67) in 11innings on Monday night.  The Hot Rods won the series opener on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the 11th. In the game, both teams combined to leave 25 men on base. Lake County struck...
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Storylines: Baltimore-Washington television dispute continues

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Monday, Aug. 18.  Tribe News: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (via Fangraphs) reported that Carlos Santana's 4.0 UZR/150 is the...
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8 run 1st sparks Columbus Clippers in 11-6 win against Toledo

COLUMBUS, Ohio –– With two on at the top of the first Giovanny Urshela went yard to left field for a three run blast, putting the Clippers up 3-0. Columbus cruised through Monday night's game, winning 11-6.  After putting up five more runs in the first the Clippers had a nice cushion for starter Gabriel Arias. Top of the third and the Mudhens came back. A single homer...
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Clippers Notebook: Moncrief setting records with his arm

Player Spotlight: Carlos Moncrief Carlos Moncrief put his name into the Columbus Clippers record book on August 2nd at Pawtucket with his 21st outfield assist, gunning down Alex Hassan at home in the first inning of a 2-1 11-inning Clippers win.  “I’m just out there competing every day, I don’t really think about it,” Clippers right fielder Carlos Moncrief said about...
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IBI Hot List: Chang, Brown leading late season surge

It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at all of the good and some not so good performances in the Indians minor league system so far in August and provides insight and information into players such as Yu-Cheng Chang, Mitch Brown, Bobby Bradley, Anthony Gallas, Bobby Ison, Greg Allen, Giovanny Urshela and much more...
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Second Thoughts Game #123: Orioles 4, Indians 1

To be honest, the fact that the Indians pitching staff held this Orioles offense in check for so long is impressive and even holding them to four runs in their "breakout game" of the series isn't something to be too ashamed of. The unfortunate reality of Sunday's loss was the Indians offense was limited to just one run on two hits, all recorded in the fourth inning...
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Around the Farm: August 17, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note, the rookie level Arizona game was suspended. Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) -W (6-8), 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K - Brown has allowed one or no earned runs in eachof his last six outings...
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Brown dominates in Captains 4-1 win

FORT WAYNE, IN - Mitch Brown dominated over six shutout innings and the Captains went on to win the game by a final of 4-1. Brown (6-8) won his fourth game in five starts and allowed just two hits, two walks and he struck out five. The Captains have now won four straight series. Lake County opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Ivan Castillo was on third base, and...
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Nationals rally to knock off Mudcats, 7-6

WOODBRIDGE, VA — The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Potomac Nationals 7-6 Sunday as Carolina’s losing streak grew to four. The P-Nats overcame an early three-run deficit and managed to hold on late to defeat the Mudcats for the third consecutive evening. Carolina seemed poised to avoid the sweep early, jumping on Nationals starter Matt Swynenberg in the top of the first. With...
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Clippers drubbed by Mud Hens, lose 9-2

TOLEDO, OH – Sometimes you’re the bug.  Sometimes you’re the windshield.  The Columbus Clippers (70-59) played the role of bug on Sunday night, dropping the finale of the three game with the Toledo Mud Hens (63-66) at Fifth Third Field 9-2. Toru Murata (2-3, 5.91) could not keep the Toledo offense at bay.  He got through the first inning unscathed, but was not so fortunate...
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