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September 27, 2014   (7 comments)
Kluber, Indians blank Rays, 1-0; Tribe eliminated from playoff race
It's official. The lights above Progressive Field will not shine bright come October. But for one more night on Friday, Corey Kluber shined the brightest. Hurling eight dominant innings of shutout baseball, Kluber led the Indians in the series opener past Tampa Bay for a 1-0 victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
September 27, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Diamondbacks clean house, fire Gibson
The Indians were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Corey Kluber reinforced his Cy Young candidacy. Mixed bag type of day! 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 Diamondbacks firing Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell, the Brewers exercise a starter's option, the viability of the Rays going forward, and more.
September 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: It starts from the top with Allen
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a long look at outfielder Greg Allen and really dissects his game and the future he has as a prospect for the Indians. He also provides insights from the front office on why Lindor, Urshela and others were not called up, looks at where Joe Wendle disappointed but also shined and why he is not far off from a bounce back, and provides insights into the developments of players such as Shawn Armstrong, Carlos Moncrief, Francisco Mejia, J.P. Feyereisen, Luis DeJesus and more…
September 26, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts: Sizing up the AL Cy Young and MVP races
Despite the Indians' playoff hopes currently running on fumes, they are fortunate to have a horse in both the Cy Young and MVP races in Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley, who each have put together historical seasons by franchise standards. The question now is will they each have a legitimate shot at winning? The IBI's Jake Dungan discusses.
September 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Fitting end for The Captain in New York
The Indians begin their final series of the season tonight. How many days until Spring Training begins? 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 a fitting end to Derek Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium, the Diamondbacks hire a new general manager, Phil Hughes settles the dispute over his contract bonus he fell just short of, and more!
September 25, 2014   (79 comments)
The Tribe is alive, but next year they will thrive (Part 2)
Throughout the final two months of the season, the Cleveland Indians have boasted one of the best rotations in baseball. Unfortunately, a fried bullpen and impotent offense have cost them any realistic shot at the playoffs. The IBI's John Mast takes a look at the Indians lineup going into next year and how one or two big moves could put this team on the doorstep as a World Series championship contender.
September 25, 2014   (16 comments)
Indians playoff hopes stay alive; Tribe takes down Royals, 6-4
One win down...three to go. And then maybe, just maybe by some baseball miracle, the Indians will sniff the cool air of October. But that's for Oakland and Kansas City to decide. At least for now, the Tribe is still in the hunt for the postseason after a huge 6-4 win over the Royals Wednesday night. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a big win from the ballpark.
September 25, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Indians still have a postseason chance, albeit small
The Indians lived to fight another day on Wednesday as they beat the Royals by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday and every other team in the wildcard race lost. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all of the news and notes from another busy day around baseball and an AL Wildcard race where no one has taken the bull by the horns.
September 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Q&A with Lake County Captains pitching coach Rigo Beltran
Originally born in Mexico, Rigo Beltran moved to the San Diego area at about six years old and it was there that his baseball dream started. He grew up with “Fernando Mania” as he idolized Fernando Valenzuela when he pitched for the Dodgers in the 1980s and found some success himself as a pitcher pitching 16 seasons in pro baseball from 1991-2006 before retiring to become a coach in 2007. He latched on with the Indians this past season and was the pitching coach at Low-A Lake County, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to talk about his career path and love for coaching.
September 24, 2014   (2 comments)
Writing opportunities are available at the IBI!
The Cleveland Indians season may be wrapping up, but as always, the season never comes to a close here at the IBI. With the offseason ready to start, there are some opportunities to join the IBI family. Check inside for details!
September 24, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #158: Royals 7, Indians 1
The Cleveland Indians (82-76) were denied a must-win game by a lopsided 7-1 score at the hands of the Kansas City Royals (86-71) at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. And with that the season is over....well not officially but their elimination number is now one in the wildcard. The IBI's Michael Rich provides his second thoughts on the game...
September 24, 2014   (43 comments)
Salazar struggles, more offensive woes in 7-1 loss to Royals
It was there for the taking. For the team that has clawed their way through a roller coaster of ups and downs all season, the ride just about came to a slow halt for the Indians Tuesday night. Offensive struggles continued and any hopes of a shot at October baseball were all but shattered, as the Tribe scampered to a 7-1 loss against Kansas City. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating loss from the ballpark.
September 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Indians postseason hopes all but gone
With a 7-1 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night, the Indians have all but officially been eliminated from the playoffs. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news for the Indians and around the league and notes how the Indians wildcard chances are critical, some GM changes around the league and more.
September 23, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 Instructional League: FAQ
The Indians 2014 Fall Instructional League is underway out at their spring training and player development complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Camp runs for a little over four weeks and time will be split between on-field workouts, intra-squad games, and games between other local Major League organizations before concluding the second week of October. The IBI's Tony Lastoria gives the 411 on what Instructional League is all about...
September 23, 2014   (42 comments)
Duffy, Royals blank cold Tribe offense, 2-0
You can't win if you can't score. Or can you? At least in one game on Monday, the Indians did just that. Making up the suspended game with the Royals originally played at Kaufmann Stadium back on August 31, the Tribe edged their division rivals for a 4-3 win. However, it was Monday's regularly scheduled game with K.C. that left a bad taste and lasting impact when the night was over.
September 23, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Braves shake up front office
The Indians suffered a crushing loss on Monday night. Are their playoff hopes all but shattered? 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 Braves firing general manager Frank Wren, Major League Baseball forming a committee to speed up games, the Mets make a decision on their general manager, and more.
September 22, 2014   (17 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Wildcard hopes are still alive for the Indians
Today marks the beginning of the final week of the regular season in baseball. With seven days of games remaining, there are still several postseason spots up for grabs and still unsettled. One of those spots is the AL Wildcard and the Indians will do their best this week to stay in the race and come out on top. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the playoff outlook for the Indians, the emergence of a strong trio of lefties in the bullpen, some help needed in the right-handed setup role, Kuber's Cy Young campaign and more...
September 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #155: Indians 7, Twins 2
The Indians at least guaranteed themselves a second straight non-losing season on Sunday with their 81st victory of the campaign. Corey Kluber was as good as he's been all season fanning 14 Twins batters over eight innings of work. While he bolstered his Cy Young case, the Indians offense exploded again scoring seven runs for the second day in a row. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the win.
September 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: AL Wildcard race heats up as final week begins
Things are getting a little tight in the AL wildcard race. While the Indians and Yankees are still longshots, they have moved closer to the Athletics, Royals and Mariners and five teams are within 5.0 games of one another as the final week of the season gets underway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from Sunday around the league...
September 21, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Captains' pitchers, including their strong trio of starting pitchers in Mitch Brown, Adam Plutko, and Luis Lugo. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Captains pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.