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July 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Carmona and Clippers fall
The Clippers opened a three-game road series in disappointment with a 5-4 loss to Louisville. Fausto Carmona was on his game for the first couple innings, recording all six outs via the ground ball.
Matt Maloney allowed three hits, but no runs for two innings, before the Clippers touched him for a pair runs in the third. Jordan Brown and Andy Marte each had...
July 10, 2009   (0 comments)
AKRON, OH – Aeros reliever Carlton Smith was added to the Eastern League All-Star team today, replacing teammate Vinnie Pestano who went on the disabled list with a right elbow strain. Smith will join first baseman Beau Mills, catcher Carlos Santana, left fielder Nick Weglarz, and pitcher Jeanmar Gomez on the Southern Division squad. The game will be played July 15th at WaterfrontPark in Trenton,...
July 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Kipnis Named 2009 Pac 10 Player of the Year
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed their second round pick (63rd overall) from the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, OF JASON KIPNIS, out of Arizona State University.
The junior outfielder led the Sun Devils...
July 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Popham And Rondon Nearly Perfect
"Minor Happenings" covers the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. While most of the information in this report is from my own research and through interviews I have conducted with organizational personnel, some information in this report is collected and summarized from the various news outlets that cover each team.
A little different format this week with Happenings...
July 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers shut out Indianapolis
Trevor Crowe and Wes Hodges each drove in three runs for the Clippers. Chuck Lofgren pitched seven innings, allowing two hits. Frank Herrmann and Masa Kobayashi completed the second shutout of the season for the Clippers. The Clippers sent at least six batters to the plate in each of the first four innings. Hodges collected his first RBI in the opening inning when...
July 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Today, the Cleveland Indians announced they have activated RHP Rafael Betancourt from the 15-day DL. To make room for him, the Tribe sent down LHP Jeremy Sowers to AAA.
July 9, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Chuck Lofgren vs. Indianapolis @ 12:05 pm
Akron: Jeanmar Gomez vs. Reading @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Eric Berger vs. Frederick @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: T.J. McFarland at Hickory @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Kyle Smith vs. Auburn @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Jose Campos at Mariners @ 7:00 pm MS
July 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Smit Back On Track In The Valley
It's been a long time coming for Jason Smit.
After spending the better part of the last three seasons at the Indians spring training complex for nine-plus months a year, Smit was put on the opening day roster for short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley when their season started about three weeks ago.
Such is the life for an international player who signs at 16-years of age.
July 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Rondon nearly perfect as Clippers win
Hector Rondon was nearly perfect for six innings in a 2-1 Columbus victory over the Indianapolis. Rondon pitched six no hit innings, walking two and striking out eight. Michael Brantley hit a two-out single in the third and scored on a Trevor Crowe double. That was the only run of the game until Andy Marte singled home Graffanino in the seventh. Brantley...
July 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Today, right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon was transferred from Akron, catcher Dwight Childs was transferred from Mahoning Valley, and right-handed pitchers Jack Cassel and Kirk Saarloos were placed on the disabled list (retroactive to 7/6).
The Childs move is emergency only as regular catcher Wyatt Toregas got hit pretty hard in the mask last night with a foul ball and was a little shaken up...
July 8, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced they have activated LHP Aaron Laffey from the 15-day DL. To make room for him, they sent down LHP Rafael Perez to Columbus. Laffey will start tonight for Cleveland.
July 8, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Hector Rondon vs. Indianapolis @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Josh Tomlin vs. Reading @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Russell Young vs. Frederick @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: Chris Jones at Hickory @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Marty Popham vs. Auburn @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Joseph Colon vs. Dodgers @ 7:00 pm MS
July 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Indianapolis beats Clippers 13-6
The Indianapolis Indians jumped on Columbus pitching early and downed the Clippers 13-6. Kenny Ray took the mound after seven days off and gave up five runs in the first, which set the table for an Indians victory.
Runs were scored in nine of the 18 half-innings on Tuesday night Indianapolis scored in five at-bats and the Clippers scored in four chances....
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Today, the Indians released INF Rob Mackowiak and OF George Lombard. Both players had been in and out of the Triple-A Columbus roster this season.
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Welcome back for another Diamonds in Single A column. I apologize for the hiatus, but I’ve been on vacation the past couple of weeks. For this column it’s time to look at the hitters, and I’m going to go all the way down to Lake County to find a hitter. This week’s hitter, Karexon Sanchez, is a very interesting player in low A who has shown both good power and speed in the lower levels of the...
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today signed infielder Justin Toole as a non-drafted minor league free agent. The University of Iowa product hit .346 (54-156) for the Hawkeyes this year and finished his 3-year collegiate career as a .360 hitter at Iowa after being selected to Ping Baseball's preseason all-America third team prior to his senior campaign. He is being assigned to the Mahoning Valley roster.
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Due to the promotion of right-hander Hector Rondon to Columbus, Double-A right-hander Jeanmar Gomez has been selected as his replacement on the Eastern League All Star Game roster.
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Double-A Akron's starter for today had been "to be determined" for a few days because they were down a starter after promoting right-hander Hector Rondon. Recently signed left-hander Bobby Livingston filled another hole in the rotation.
It appears the Indians have signed free agent left-hander Michael Tejera and he will make the start tonight in Akron. Tejera, 32, had been pitching in the Triple-A...
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Ken Ray vs. Indianapolis @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Michael Tejera at Reading @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Mike McGuire vs. Frederick @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: Danny Salazar at Greensboro @ 12:35 pm
Mahoning Valley: Preston Guilmet vs. Auburn @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Kirk Wetmore @ Padres @ 7:00 pm MS
July 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus and Kinston were off on Monday
Aeros Close Out Road Trip with 8-2 Loss
The Aeros closed out their weeklong road trip with an 8-2 loss to the Harrisburg Senators, With the loss, the Aeros finished the year going 11-1 against Harrisburg, narrowly missing a rare season sweep. The loss dropped the Aeros to 55-29, while the Sens improved to 35-47.
The Aeros put their two...