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May 29, 2009   (0 comments)
LHP Chuck Lofgren got a well deserved callup to Triple-A Columbus today. The roster move should be made official sometime later today or tomorrow.
Also, for those wondering, Minor Happenings will post sometime late tonight or very early tomorrow morning. Those Cleveland Cavaliers have been soaking up a lot of my free time of late, so apologies for the late report.
May 29, 2009   (0 comments)
The Kinston Indians had a scheduled day off, while the Lake County Captains game was postponed due to rain conditions.
Clippers win third straight
Five Clippers pitchers combined for a 6-4 win over the Charlotte Knights on Thursday. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when the Knights jumped on Clippers pitcher Frank Herrmann for four runs. Singles by Andy Phillips and Donny...
May 28, 2009   (0 comments)
Edit: RHP Tomo Ohka promoted to Cleveland, LHP Zach Jackson optioned back to Triple-A Columbus, and RHP Ken Ray signed as a free agent.
Today RHP Josh Judy was activated off the Double-A Akron disabled list and INF Niuman Romero was promoted to Triple-A Columbus.
Also, there will be no Smoke Signals radio show tonight. Paul is away for a wedding and while I considered going Han Solo...
May 28, 2009   (0 comments)
McBride Ready For A New Challenge In Akron
One of the hottest hitters in the Cleveland Indians system the first two months of the season has been outfielder/first baseman Matt McBride. In 31 games with High-A Kinston to start the season he hit .405 with 6 HR, 36 RBI and a 1.120 OPS, and also enjoyed a 23-game hitting streak. For his efforts, the Indians rewarded him by promoting him to Double-A Akron on May 12th.
"It feels great, and...
May 28, 2009   (0 comments)
Lake County was postponed due to rain
Clippers take two in a row
Columbus struck first when Tony Graffanino homered to left field, giving the Clippers the early lead. However, Charlotte regained the lead in the top of the second inning via the long ball.
It didn't take the Clippers long as they struck for three runs in the bottom of the third, also coming via the long ball,...
May 27, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston Indian’s Clubhouse Manager Robert Smeraldo died Tuesday night from complications of a massive stroke suffered early Monday morning. Smeraldo was 59 years old.
Smeraldo was the longest tenured member of the Kinston Indians staff, working 17 years with the team.
“Words can’t describe what Robert meant to not only the Kinston Indians, but also the Cleveland Indians Organization,”...
May 27, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers even series against Knights
The Clippers used early offense and solid relief work to beat the Charlotte Knights 7-5 Tuesday. The win snaps a three game losing streak and brings the Clippers back to .500 at 23-23.
Columbus scored a run in the first, three in the second, and another in the third. Michael Brantley scored on an Aubrey fielder's choice in the first. In the second,...
May 26, 2009   (0 comments)
he Indians today traded INF Wilson Valdez to the New York Mets for a PTBN or cash
May 26, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has recalled OF Trevor Crowe from the AAA Columbus Clippers. To allow room on the Major League roster the Indians optioned OF Matt LaPorta to Columbus.
Also, yesterday OF Tim Fedroff was activated from Kinston DL and OF Matt Brown placed on DL with left knee patella tendon strain
May 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Three Up, Three Down looks at three guys in the Indians minor league system that are currently hot, and also three guys who are not. This is by no means an exhaustive list of either guys who are going well or guys who are struggling, just the six guys I picked to look at this week.
Three Up:
The roller coaster ride that has been Chuck Lofgren's career has been well documented, by Tony...
May 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros pitcher Jeanmar Gomez was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week today for the week ending May 24th. Gomez is the first Akron hurler to win a weekly award and the second Aero overall to do so, as outfielder Nick Weglarz claimed Player of the Week honors just last week.
Gomez made just one appearance last week but it was one to remember, as the native of Caracas, VZ threw the first perfect...
May 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Big 6th Inning Leads Aeros to 8-1 Win
The Aeros used a monster sixth inning to earn a split with second-place Erie, defeating the SeaWolves 8-1 before 9,118 fans at Canal Park, a season-high in attendance and the sixth-largest crowd in the history of the stadium. Akron improved to 31-11 and kept the best record in professional baseball, while Erie fell to 25-18 and dropped to 6.5-games behind...
May 25, 2009   (0 comments)
The International League announced today that Columbus OF Jordan Brown has been named the league’s Batter of the Week for the week of May 18-24. It’s Brown’s first award of the season and the second for Columbus (Matt LaPorta, April 20-26).
Brown banged out a league-best 14 hits for the week and was at or near the top of the league in several other offensive categories, posting a .519...
May 25, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers drop series finale to Buffalo
The Clippers fell 5-3 to Buffalo in the finale of an eight-game road trip.
Tomo Ohka pitched well, giving up three runs in six innings. The last run scored after he was hit on the foot by a smash from Fernando Martinez.
Columbus scored first on a Jordan Brown homer in the second inning. Buffalo tied the score in the bottom of the frame when,...
May 24, 2009   (0 comments)
HP Steven Wright has been moved up to Columbus from Akron
May 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Abreu's Raw Talent Is On Display In Lake County
Over the course of the past two seasons, there have been few highly regarded hitting prospects to pass through Single-A Lake County. Sure, the Captains have had several solid hitting prospects come through last year and this season, but few considered to have a potential impact bat in the big leagues.
The one exception is outfielder Abner Abreu. Many who watch him may come away less than impressed...
May 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus has winning steak snapped
Columbus fell 4-3 in Buffalo Saturday, snapping the Clippers season-high five game winning streak. Each team scratched the scheduled starting pitcher, John Meloan filled in for Jeremy Sowers (recalled to Cleveland) and Nelson Figeuroa got the nod for Dillon Gee (flu-like symptoms).
After each team scored in the opening frame, Buffalo took its' first...
May 23, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced today that RHP Anthony Reyes and LHP Aaron Laffey both were put on the 15-day disabled list.
Reyes will be sidelined with right elbow inflammation, while Laffey will be sidelined with a right oblique strain. To take their spots on the roster, LHP Rich Rundles and LHP Jeremy Sowers were called up from Columbus to assume their spots on the 25-man roster.
May 23, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers top Herd 10-4
The Clippers jumped on the Bisons early and often Friday night at Coca-Cola Field on their way to a 10-4 victory over the Herd. Columbus scored single runs in each of the first three innings before platting six more runs in the fourth, highlighted by a three-run home run by Chris Gimenez, to put the game out of reach early.
In building their lead, the Clippers...
May 22, 2009   (0 comments)
ouble-A Akron right-hander Josh Judy has been placed on the disabled list today with a right forearm strain