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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...
July 6, 2009   (0 comments)
The International League announced today that Columbus third baseman Andy Marte has been named the league's Batter of the Week for the period from June 29-July 5. Marte becomes the league's first back-to-back Batter of the Week since May of 2006 (pitcher Cole Hamels of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre).
Marte has continued his red-hot hitting, and finds himself at or near the top of the league in nearly...
July 6, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Off day
Akron: Ryan Edell at Harrisburg @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Off day
Lake County: T.J. House at Greensboro @ 7:05 pm
Mahoning Valley: Brett Brach at Jamestown @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Mike Rayl vs. Royals @ 7:00 pm MS
July 6, 2009   (0 comments)
I had mentioned back on Thursday that Indians top pitching prospect right-hander Hector Rondon could be on the move to Triple-A Columbus, and as reported here early yesterday afternoon he in fact was promoted and as expected newly signed left-hander Bobby Livingston replaced him on the roster.
Rondon will start for Columbus on Wednesday. Several of the Indians top coordinators and decision-makers...
July 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Take Two Sunday in Harrisburg
The Aeros swept a Sunday afternoon doubleheader from the Harrisburg Senators, taking game one 6-2 and winning game two with a 2-0 shutout. The sweep improves the Aeros’ record to 55-28 while the Senators slip to 34-47.
Newly-signed Aeros lefty Bobby Livingston (7-2, 3.52 ERA between Akron and Bowie), had a memorable debut in game one, going the...
July 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Akron Can Provide Some Relief
"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.
This is part two of this week's Minor Happenings which...
July 5, 2009   (0 comments)
As speculated here the past few days, the Indians have officially promoted right-hander Hector Rondon from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus. Recently signed left-hander Bobby Livingston has replaced Rondon on the Akron roster, and likely will replace him in the rotation as well.
Rondon opened the year winning each of his first five starts and was 7-5 with a 2.75 ERA for the Aeros. His ERA...
July 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Toledo drops Clippers 7-3
The Clippers fell 7-3 in Toledo on the fourth of July.
Tony Graffanino duplicated the feat of Michael Brantley from the previous day with a first inning homer for a 1-0 lead. Zack Jackson got through the first inning unscathed, but gave up a solo bomb to Jeff Larrish to tie the game in the second.
The Hens scored four times in the third inning to break...
July 4, 2009   (0 comments)
As reported here on Thursday, the Indians have officially signed LHP Bobby Livingston (26) as a minor league free agent. He has spent the 2009 season between AA Bowie (6-2, 3.62ERA, 12GS, 69.2IP, 85H, 28ER) & AAA Norfolk (1-0, 1.80ERA, 3GS, 20.0IP, 21H, 4ER) in the Orioles organization. He began his pro career in 2001 in the Mariners organization (4th round pick) and appeared in 13 big league games...