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Storylines: Indians move High-A affiliate to Lynchburg

Storylines: Indians move High-A affiliate to Lynchburg
September 18, 2014
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  • The AL Central continues to be up in the air as neither the Kansas City Royals or Detroit Tigers want to take it and run with it. Mediocre teams such as the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox within the division have been a hindrance all season - even for the Tribe as they still try to hang on by a thread. The Twins won the series against the Tigers on Wednesday night as they took two out of three games from them. The Tigers had David Price on the mound while the Twins had righty Kyle Gibson going for them. Gibson outpitched the former Cy Young and it led to Price having his second shortest outing since being with the Tigers as he only went 5 2/3 innings. Danny Santana had quite the night as he went 3-for-5 and made a statement early by leading the game off with a triple. Miguel Cabrera tried to keep the Tigers in the game by going 4-for-5 but the rest of the bats could not get going. The Twins won the game 8-4. The loss helps the Royals as they are now half a game back of the Tigers. It sets up the biggest matchup in the division as both teams face each other in a three game series starting Friday.
  • Nori Aoki of the Kansas City Royals set the team record with 11 hits in three total games.

 Tribe News

  • Josh Leventhal of Baseball America reports that Tuesday marked a two-week period in which teams could negotiate with open minor league organizations. The Indians happen to be one of those teams. They will be moving their High-A affiliate from Carolina to Lynchburg. Lynchburg was formerly part of the Atlanta Braves organization.
  • Carlos Carrasco had a career high 12 strikeouts and a two-hit shutout in Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Astros.
  • Ryan Raburn will miss the rest of the season as he prepares to get left knee surgery.
  • Members of the Indians front office have been in Houston evaluating the team. 

Other News and Notes

  • Boston Red Sox Cuban defector Rusney Castillo went 1-for-4 in his debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • According to Peter Gammons of MLB Network, San Francisco Giants third basemen Pablo Sandoval days could be numbered as a member of the team.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks are still in search of a GM to replace Kevin Towers.
  • The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of first base prospect Christian Walker.
  • According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will likely test free agency in the upcoming offseason.
  • According to Jim Salisbury of, the Philadelphia Phillies have interest in Cuban defector,Yasmani Tomas. He appeals more to the Phillies organization than newly signed Red Sox Rusney Castillo did.

User Comments

September 18, 2014 - 2:55 PM EDT
I have lived in Lynchburg for 12 years. I was originally born in Kinston, NC and that is how I became a tribe fan. I lived in Ohio for 12 years as well. This is a dream come true! I can't wait to see these guys on a nightly basis, and I even know people here who help to house members of the team during the summers. I can't even express my excitement level.
September 18, 2014 - 10:15 AM EDT
Talked to some in the know this morning. No real big reason for the move other than the Indians and Carolina could not mutually agree on a contract. They wouldn't say who balked....but seems like they just were not on the same page with some things. It happens. Obviously the parent club has requests, restrictions and such they want.....playing field and clubhouse conditions they want improved....etc. And sometimes the affiliate has demands they want or things they want changed. But in the end both sides can't come to an agreement on those requests.
September 18, 2014 - 10:05 AM EDT
Hate seeing the Indians leave Five County Stadium. Really great ballpark and a fun atmosphere.

That's the way baseball go...
September 18, 2014 - 8:31 AM EDT
I think the Rangers might move in...
September 18, 2014 - 8:11 AM EDT
Any word who the new Carolina Mudcats affiliate is?
September 18, 2014 - 8:10 AM EDT reported that both Sandoval and Melky Cabrera will have the QO offered to them after the season ends.

Also, the Red Sox are reportedly interested in Japanese RHSP Kenta Maeda, 26.

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