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Akron RubberDucks split doubleheader with Trenton Thunder

AKRON, Ohio – Following Tuesday’s postponement due to snow, the Akron RubberDucks split Wednesday’s frigid doubleheader with the Trenton Thunder, emerging victorious in game one before falling in game two.  With temperatures still sitting in the mid-30s, both offenses struggled to score runs, while the pitching staffs capitalized on the harsh conditions. Game one featured...
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Santana attributes slow start to moving around but remains upbeat

DETROIT -- Off to his worst April in his career, Indians third baseman Carlos Santana said before Wednesday's game against the Tigers that the shifting between third, designated hitter and catcher might be affecting his plate production a little bit. He then quickly also noted that it is still early in the season. "It has a little bit (moving around) but it's alright...
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Series Preview #5: Cleveland Indians (6-7) at Detroit Tigers (6-4)

It does not seem to matter if the Cleveland Indians are at home or on the road, Mother Nature refuses to let the team play baseball on Tuesdays. The first game in the series between the Indians and Detroit Tigers in ... Read More
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Tribe minor-league notes: Aguilar honored, Frazier returning

Columbus first baseman Jesus Aguilar has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week. Aguilar is batting on organization-best .417 and also leads the Clippers in home runs (three), doubles (four), RBI (eight) and runs scored (eight). He leads the International League in OPS (1.266) and has had two or more hits in six of the 10 games he has played. Aguilar began the year...
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MLB’s new catch interpretation is begging to be exploited

I got into an argument over MLB’s new (old?) interpretation of what is a catch when Elliot Johnson “caught” a fly ball, took two steps, came up against the outfield wall and then dropped the ball as he attempted to throw the ball into the infield. It wasn’t ruled an out because the “definition of a catch” apparently includes a transfer, even for an outfielder who has...
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Tucker’s Return to Carolina Leads New Group Toward Growth

The Carolina Mudcats certainly are a different team in 2014. While many of the prospects, including former first-round draft picks Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin, along with the coaching staff have progressed to Double-A Akron, there was not the level ... Read More
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Weather out of the way

The Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game string of poor starts by their pitchers, but they couldn't find enough offense to protect against a late bullpen collapse the last time they took the field. In Wednesday night's opener of a weather-shortened series against the Detroit Tigers, Zach McAllister draws the tough task of opposing Anibal Sanchez, who looks to continue his...
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The Tribe rotation and its (early) noisy signals

Have you heard that it’s early yet and you shouldn’t make too much of small sample sizes? Well, it is!  And you shouldn’t! But not making a big deal out of stuff doesn’t pay the bills around here, so we’re going to do it anyway, suckers. The Indians rotation has been, for lack of better phraseology, somewhat unique this season.  On the one hand, they’re striking people...
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April Showers Brought Season-Long Swoon 12 Years Ago

A dozen years ago, the Indians were just starting a new era of Tribe baseball.  Long gone were Albert Belle, Carlos Baerga and Manny Ramirez, but it was just prior to the 2002 season that Cleveland said goodbye to Roberto ... Read More
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Today in Tribe History: April 16, 1929

Earl Averill of the Cleveland Indians becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat when he blasts an 0-and-2 pitch by Detroit Tigers pitcher Earl Whitehill in the Indians’ 5 – ... Read More
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Indians-Tigers series opener postponed

DETROIT -- For the third time in two weeks, an Indians game has been postponed. The Tribe's series opener at Detroit was called off due to inclement weather throughout the Midwest. Snow was falling at Comerica Park a couple hours before the scheduled first pitch and the forecasted low was supposed to be 25 degrees. "When I came out of the hotel and I hate to say this, I...
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2014 IBI Top 10 Indians International prospects

For the first time the Indians top International prospect listing is being posted to the IBI site. Previously only available in his book, the IBI's Tony Lastoria is providing a portion of the best young International prospects the Indians have which many have never seen or heard about. These are the top International players like Leandro Linares, Yandy Diaz, Yu-Chen Chang and...
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Indians and Tigers postponed in Detroit

It’s April 15 and winter is still clinging on by a thread across the Midwest. After frigid temperatures and a blanket of snow swept across the region on Tuesday, baseball was put on hold. The Indians and Tigers had a scheduled 7:08 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday night in Detroit to kick off a three-game series. Tuesday’s game was ultimately postponed due to freezing temperatures...
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Bourn activated from DL, Morgan optioned to Columbus

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus. Bourn has been on the 15-Day disabled list since March 30 after injuring his left hamstring on March 16 vs. the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, AZ.  He appeared in five games on a rehab assignment...
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Indians activate Michael Bourn, send down Nyger Morgan

The Indians today activated OF Michael Bourn from the 15-Day DL and optioned OF Nyjer Morgan to AAA Columbus. The move comes as a bit of a surprise because of Morgan’s success early in the season for the Indians. In nine games, Morgan has a .348 batting average and an OPS of .832. He is third on the team in walks with 7 and tied for the team lead in stolen bases. In the end, it...
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Lindor Brings a Humble Leadership to the RubberDucks

One of the brightest stars in the Indians system is not too far away from seeing his first moment in The Show. The prospect in question is none other than minor league All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor, 20 years-old, is ... Read More
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On Asdrubal Cabrera, Francisco Lindor and wanting good things too soon

In life, we often yearn for what we don’t have. “The grass is always greener on the other side” mentality. It happens. We take for granted what is right in front of us. In sports, the same thing often plays out. Fans fall out of favor with certain players, wish for a former star to return, desire another team’s starter or hope for the highly touted prospect to finally arrive...
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Burning Tread with the RubberDucks: 4/8/14 – 4/14/14

The Akron RubberDucks made their first appearance at Canal Park over the past week, debuting their new mascot and the rebranded franchise (for pictures from the event, see the article IBI had on Saturday). Unfortunately for the RubberDucks, the team dropped four of seven over the past week, falling to 5-6 on the season. With 41 runs allowed and 41 runs scored on the young season...
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Tribe Report tonight after Indians vs Tigers

Tonight after the Indians take on the Tigers catch Tribe Report on SportsTime Ohio. On this week's show, Al and Jason will look at ~ Murphy's Law, David Murphy is hot hitting lately ~ Matt Underwood sat down with Terry Francona in Arizona, here what the Tribe skipper was looking ahead to this season ~ Indians VP of player development Ross Atkins is in studio talking about...
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Indians, Tigers set for first meeting of the season

The Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game string of poor starts by their pitchers, but couldn't find enough offense to protect against a late bullpen collapse. In Tuesday night's opener against the Detroit Tigers, Zach McAllister draws the tough task of opposing Anibal Sanchez, who looks to continue his dominance over the Indians. Cleveland (6-7) had three straight starters...
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Cleveland Indians Hoping to Draw Fans with New Bacon-Wrapped, Deep-Fried Outfielder

The Cleveland Indians have debuted a new player the organization hopes will boost the organization’s stagnant attendance, a bacon-wrapped outfielder that can run, catch and hit while also smelling like delicious bacon. “There’s an element of people who come to a MLB ballpark just because they love baseball,” said Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. “We have those fans...
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Tuesday Tribe Notebook

The Cleveland Indians have fans worrying after two weeks of baseball. A 6-and-7 start to the season filled with ugly pitching and a sputtering lineup leaves little to be optimistic about in Tribeland. However, Indians fans should also be well aware that playoff runs aren’t usually formed through the first two weeks of a season. The Indians have provided a little hot and a lot of...
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Around the Farm: April 14, 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, Triple-A Columbus was rained out on Monday night. Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 0-for-5, 3 K, 4 E. Nope, that is not a typo. Paulino had four errors on the night, though...
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Both Tigers and Indians hoping to use upcoming series to get on track

Neither the Tigers nor the Indians are exactly rolling as they prepare to face each other for the first time this season. As the three-game series gets set to open on Tuesday at Comerica Park, the Tribe has dropped five of their last six while the Tigers are 2-4 since opening the season with four straight wins. Even though it is early, Detroit leads the division with the Indians...
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Tribe Happenings: Issues starting to surface two weeks in

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook…. Note, things are finally back to normal here at the IBI. This column had to go on the shelf for a few weeks while I feverishly worked to finish the new 2014 prospect book in between three baseball trips and the start of the season. This should once again be a regular Monday column, plus you will also begin to see many of...
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