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April 14, 2009   (0 comments)
LaPorta Returns, Columbus Wins
Anyone worried about Triple-A Columbus outfielder Matt LaPorta's injury to his midsection on Saturday night can rest easy. After taking the day off on Sunday to rest, he was back in the lineup on Monday night and went 1-for-4 and played defensively out in left field.
As for the game itself, Columbus won 3-2. They trailed 2-0 going into the 8th inning,...
April 13, 2009   (0 comments)
This is more for the parents and family members who read the site, but I have finally sent off all spring training photos of players as promised. If for some reason you did not receive your photos as promised, please let me know and I will re-send. To any family members who would like some pictures of their son/brother/nephew or whatever, please let me know by emailing me at
April 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron had a scheduled day off on Easter Sunday.
Columbus Drops 3rd Straight
Columbus lost 5-1 to Louisville on Sunday, their third straight defeat. The Clippers had many chances to put up runs in the game, but never could get the big hit needed to breakthrough on the scoreboard. They had the bases loaded three times, twice with less than two outs, and failed to score.
April 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians top outfield prospect Matt LaPorta had to be removed from the second game of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers games last night because of tightness in his right mid-section. According to the Indians, LaPorta is okay and was removed for precautionary reasons because of the cold temperatures. He is not expected to be out long, if at all, and is day to day.
In other news, left-hander Ryan...
April 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus Drops Doubleheader
The Columbus Clippers lost both games of their doubleheader on Saturday night, losing the first game 5-1 and the nightcap 5-4. Both games were seven innings because of the doubleheader to makeup the rainout on Friday night.
In the first game, lefty Aaron Laffey only went 3.1 innings and threw 60 pitches before being removed, possibly setting him up for a...
April 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Well, we are barely three days into the start of the minor league season, and already it looks like we are going to have a couple of moves coming down the pipeline in the next 12-24 hours. The Indians earlier today placed lefty Scott Lewis on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain, and purchased the contract of Vinnie Chulk from Triple-A Columbus.
Now, as a result of this move, you...
April 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus was rained out on Friday night.
Offense Handcuffed as Aeros Blanked 3-0
AKRON, OH – Bowie starter Troy Patton made a victorious return to the pitching mound after shoulder surgery sidelined him for all of 2008 and the Akron offense mustered just four hits as the Baysox shutout the Aeros 3-0 before 1,042 hearty souls at Canal Park Friday night. Bowie earned its first win of...
April 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron closer Vinnie Pestano shares his thoughts on yesterday's tragedy where Nick Adenhart and two others lost their life in an auto accident, while another is in critical condition holding on to his life.
On a day that should be one of the most memorable of my young professional career I find myself not worried about baseball and my own future in this game for the first time in a very, very...
April 10, 2009   (0 comments)
It was a disappointing end to the season last year for the Indians advanced Single-A affiliate the Kinston Indians. While they finished the year with a winning record at 72-66, a long late-season losing streak proved to be the fatal blow to their playoff chances and they missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Last season was the first time Kinston missed the Carolina League playoffs...
April 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Advantageous in 2-1 Win
AKRON, OH – A night after using nine walks to secure a victory the Aeros took advantage of seven free passes from Bowie pitching to claim a 2-1 triumph over the Baysox before 1,208 fans at Canal Park Thursday evening. Akron improved to 2-0 on the young Eastern League season while Bowie remained winless at 0-2.
Akron’s Frank Herrmann and Bowie’s Jake...
April 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves after a week off last week. It has been a crazy past two weeks where Adam Burke subbed for me on 3/26 and we had to cancel the scheduled show on 4/2 due to reasons out of our control.
In any case, we have lots to catch up on and talk about tonight. Spring training has wrapped up and we will briefly talk about our experience out in the desert....
April 9, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians Double-A affiliate the Akron Aeros kicked off their season last night, winning in impressive fashion 9-5. What else is new these days in Akron.
Akron has been one of the Indians more successful affiliates in terms of wins and championships. They qualified for the playoffs last year for the fourth straight year and sixth time in the last seven years. More impressive, they have made...
April 8, 2009   (0 comments)
AKRON, OH – Starter Hector Rondon carried a shutout into the sixth and catcher Carlos Santana belted a home run and drove in four as Akron strolled to a 9-5 win over Bowie before 6,615 fans at Canal Park on Opening Night Wednesday. The Aeros improved to 12-9 all-time in season openers with the win.
Rondon struck out a pair in a scoreless top of the first, and the offense gave him an immediate...
April 8, 2009   (0 comments)
I just realized thanks to a comment on my Columbus roster posted on my blog yesterday that Juan Salas is MIA. He is not on their Opening Day roster, and it never occurred to me that really since March 21st he has been missing from Indians camp. He was optioned out on March 19th, pitched in a minor league spring game on March 21st and only threw a third of an inning and ten pitches before being removed....
April 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor league opening day is roughly 48 hours away for most teams, and with that I will be providing team previews for all the Indians full-season minor league affiliates through the end of this week. Today, we kick things off with the Single-A Lake County Captains.
Last season the Captains recaptured some of that magic they had in their inaugural season at Lake County in 2003 when they steamrolled...
April 7, 2009   (0 comments)
One note on the Kinston roster, outfielder John Allman has replaced Jason Denham. It is believed that Denham has been released.
Anyway, here is the Opening Day Columbus Clippers roster:
Rotation: Jack Cassel (RHP), David Huff (LHP), Aaron Laffey (LHP), Kirk Saarloos (RHP), Jeremy Sowers (LHP)
Bullpen: Greg Aquino (RHP), Vinnie Chulk (RHP), Matt Herges (RHP), John Meloan (RHP),...
April 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Well, those of you who were hoping for another crazy story (and good laugh) in regard to my return trip, I am sorry to say you will all be very disappointed. Much to my surprise, my return trip to Ohio went very well. Amazing too, considering I flew to Las Vegas for the day on Sunday and returned bright and early to Ohio on Monday. That all said, I will NEVER forget what a crazy trip down it was to...
April 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron's opening day roster has been set. Two changes from what I initially reported in my unofficial listing is that Carlton Smith will start on the Akron DL and that Damaso Espino will be the 2nd catcher. No idea what is wrong with Smith at the moment, nor catcher Armando Camacaro's fate in the organization.
The rotation is setup like this the first five games: Hector Rondon will get the opening...
April 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Over the course of the past few seasons, Indians GM Mark Shapiro has made several trades where he flipped a big league player and received minor league prospects in return. But after the Indians acquire these new young hopefuls, how do the Indians go about integrating them into the system and getting them on board with their philosophies?
It all starts before the trade actually takes place...
April 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Goodyear Notebook: 4/5
McBride Shuffles Positions
At this time last year, Matt McBride was in the home stretch from surgery on his right labrum. Fast forward a year, and while McBride is healthy these days, his position seems to change by the day.
When the 2008 season ended, the Indians sent McBride to the Instructional League to get much needed at bats he missed since he was on the shelf for the first half...