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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...
July 4, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Zach Jackson at Toledo @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Jeanmar Gomez at Harrisburg @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Paolo Espino at Wilmington @ 2:00 pm
Lake County: T.J. McFarland at Greensboro @ 7:05 pm
Mahoning Valley: Vidal Nuno at Jamestown @ 1:05 pm
AZL Indians: Alexander Morales vs. Brewers @ 7:00 pm MS
July 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Editor's note: Andrew Zajac was at Eastwood Field on Friday night to see the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in action and shares his thoughts on the game and what he saw.
I attended the July 3rd game in Niles, OH and to my surprise saw Ross Atkins there and gave him a, "How's it going, Ross?"
Anyway, on to the notes:
RHP Marty Popham got the starting nod and pitched a dandy of a...
July 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Turn First Triple Play in 3-2 Defeat
Akron turned a triple play for the first time in franchise history Friday night at Prince George’s Stadium, yet the superb defense wasn’t enough as Bowie claimed the finale of the five-game series 3-2. The Baysox improved to 45-36 while the Aeros lost for the fifth time in seven games and slipped to 52-28.
The triple play came in the bottom...
July 3, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today announced that they have signed their 28th round pick RHP Nick Sarianides from Chattahoochee Valley CC (Phenix City, AL). The Indians have now signed 25 of their 50 selections, 18 of the top 20 and 22 of the top 28 picks.
July 3, 2009   (0 comments)
I don't typically post news and notes on major league guys here, but this is just a quick not that right-handed reliever Rafael Betancourt has been sent to Columbus today and has started his minor league rehab assignment. Rehab assignments in the minors for pitchers can last up to 30 days. He should be in uniform and available tonight.
Also, left-hander Aaron Laffey and right-hander Fausto...
July 3, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: More Roster Changes Coming?
"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.
There are some interesting things that have happened...
July 3, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers crush Toledo
The Clippers snapped a seven game losing streak with a 16-3 rout of Toledo. Matt LaPorta hit a grand slam to highlight an eight run first inning. Five runs scored before an out was recorded and the first seven Clippers reached base and scored. Michael Brantley singled and scored twice in the inning, bringing in two runs.
LaPorta led off the second with a double...
July 2, 2009   (0 comments)
Paul and I are back with another edition of Smoke Signals tonight. While the Indians are off today, there is certainly a lot going on as they made some roster moves and more may be coming. Also, since we were last on the air the Indians have made a few trades, lost 5 of 6, and Eric Wedge's days as manager appear to be numbered. We'll talk some about a potential Cliff Lee trade and if it makes sense...
July 2, 2009   (0 comments)
Wow, this is a surprise. The Indians today traded RHP John Meloan to Tampa Bay for RHP Winston Abreu. I had a gut feeling something was up with Meloan, which is why I was quick to get that piece on him up this week as soon as possible. In any case, good luck to Meloan with Tampa.
Here is the official release:
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have acquired RHP WINSTON ABREU...
July 2, 2009   (0 comments)
While not official, the Indians supposedly are close to signing or have already signed former Baltimore minor league pitching prospect LHP Bobby Livingston. He was cut recently from their Double-A Bowie roster, and conveniently the Indians Double-A Akron team is in town where it appears he will slot for now.
So why is this potential signing noteworthy? Well, considering the lack of pitching...