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RubberDucks Playoff Bound with Eastern League Western Division Crown

September 6, 2016 |

With a win on Sunday, the Akron RubberDucks clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern League playoffs and became the third Cleveland Indians’ minor league affiliate to guarantee bonus baseball this season after previous efforts from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers and the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats.

The RubberDucks took a page out of their parent club’s book on Labor Day, as Akron decided on a bullpen game with the Eastern League Western Division title on the line. With their ticket already punched for postseason play, they opted to rest their starting rotation, but instead, they stole the crown as Daniel Salters’ first Double-A home run, a two-run shot in the sixth, broke a five-all tie as the ‘Ducks held on for an 8-6 win to clinch the top spot in the division. Read More

Peoples and Kaminsky End Strong, Playoff Push, and More in ‘Duck Tales

September 4, 2016 |

The magic number is one for the Akron RubberDucks with two games to go in the 2016 regular season as the club hopes to clinch an Eastern League Western Division crown as the season comes to a close.

The up and down season for the ‘Ducks, full of massive and frequent roster shuffles throughout the year, will be decided with a pair of games against the Bowie Baysox on Sunday and Monday. Akron (75-64), winner of three in a row and six of their last eight, is chasing Altoona (75-63), who have dropped two straight while the ‘Ducks have won two in a row to pull within a half-game of tying the Curve for the top spot in the division. The Harrisburg Senators (74-66) entered the day two games in back of Altoona and a game and a half behind Akron with an elimination number of two. The top two clubs to emerge from the Western Division will advance to the postseason. Reading and Trenton have already clinched postseason appearances in the Eastern Division.

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Indians Name Their Eight Representatives for the Arizona Fall League

September 2, 2016 |

Any chance that Bradley Zimmer breaks camp with the Cleveland Indians at the end of spring training in 2017 may come down to how well he performs in Arizona this fall.

Zimmer, the Indians’ top prospect in the farm system, was one of eight minor leaguers named by Cleveland to participate in the annual Arizona Fall League as members of the Mesa Solar Sox. Joining Zimmer in the Mesa outfield will be Double-A Akron’s Greg Allen. High-A Lynchburg’s Yu-Cheng Chang will be on the roster at short. Three relievers – Trevor Frank (Lynchburg), Cameron Hill (Akron), and David Speer (Akron) – will get additional work in the Solar Sox bullpen, while right-handed starter Michael Peoples (Akron) will also be on the roster.

Akron’s Eric Haase is also on the club as one of the taxi squad members, activated just twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Read More

Looking Back on the Andrew Miller Trade

September 1, 2016 |

A month is not nearly enough time to analyze winners and losers of Major League trades, but after more than four weeks with him on the roster, the Cleveland Indians have to be feeling pretty good about the return that they have gotten from left-hander Andrew Miller.

Miller was not the only player moved, as the Indians had to give up four players, two of whom were top prospects in the organization, in order to acquire the services of the reliever for the rest of this season and each of the next two years.

The All-Star southpaw has been everything that the Indians could have dreamed of when they pulled the trigger on the July 31 trade that brought Miller to Cleveland. Read More

Garner Gets the Call from Columbus as Cleveland Purchases Contract

August 31, 2016 |

After seven seasons in the minors, right-handed reliever Perci Garner has finally gotten his call to the Majors as the Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had purchased his contract from Triple-A Columbus.

In a pair of corresponding moves, right-hander Shawn Armstrong was optioned to Single-A Lake County to make room on the 25-man roster and catcher Yan Gomes was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man.

Armstrong can and will likely return to the Indians roster when the Captains’ season ends on September 5. Gomes is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on September 16. Read More

Smith’s Multi-Hit Tear, Nellie Bombs, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

August 26, 2016 |

The Akron RubberDucks are making their postseason push and have done so behind another impressive winning streak.

A ten-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night with a 7-4 loss at Canal Park to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Earlier in the week, they completed a pair of sweeps, knocking off Bowie twice last Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s game was preempted by rain. They outscored Reading 13-6 during the week, winning 5-2, 4-1, and 4-3 to push the streak to ten before another the loss to start the four-game set with Richmond.

Akron is now just 2.5 games out of first place, trailing the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate), who won 5-3 on Thursday. The ‘Ducks will finish their series this weekend against the Flying Squirrels before taking their final road trip of the season to Erie for four straight. They will conclude the regular season with five against Bowie, including the completion of the suspended game.

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Nellie Drops the Boom, Hankins’ Grand Game, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

August 19, 2016 |

After a lengthy adjustment period while losing several of the more productive contributors on the club to promotions, the Akron RubberDucks have won seven of their last eight games.

It has been a strong and needed turnaround for the Indians’ Double-A affiliate, who started the month with losses in five of their first six August contests and were 2-14 dating back to July 22 at the start of a seven-game losing streak. The self-destruction appeared as though it may have been enough to knock Akron (63-60) out of the playoff race, but their five-game winning streak and better play in the middle weeks of August have pulled the club within five games of first place Altoona in the Eastern League’s Western Division with 18 games to go. The only thing to stand in their way of late has been a pair of rainouts.

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Allen Adjusted, Merryweather’s Gem, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

August 12, 2016 |

Thursday’s loss to Hartford dropped the Akron RubberDucks to seven games in back of first place Altoona for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division. At 58-60, things have not been going as well as hoped in Akron in the second half after some significant changes to the roster. With an 8-19 record since hosting the Eastern League’s Midsummer Classic, it is easy to see the time frame that the season got away from the ‘Ducks and there has been little slowing the losing skid down along the way.

August has been no better for the club. The RubberDucks dropped a three-game set in New Hampshire and followed it with losses in two of three in Portland. Returning home, they did find the win column twice in three games against the Yard Goats to win a series and will welcome in the Sea Dogs to Canal Park for three more this weekend before heading on a six-game road trip through Trenton and Bowie.

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Haase on a Home Run Tear, Quality Kaminsky, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

August 5, 2016 |

Despite a late comeback attempt in New Hampshire on Thursday night, the Akron RubberDucks lost for the 12th time in their last 13 games in a 7-5 defeat against the Fisher Cats.

It marked a second consecutive ugly week for the ‘Ducks, who lost three of four to close out their last homestand against the Bowie Baysox. After taking Monday off, they arrived in New Hampshire, only to lose 6-4 on Tuesday and 9-6 on Wednesday before taking another L on Thursday night.

The tailspin by the RubberDucks has dropped the club below the .500 mark for the first times this season. At 55-57, they trail Altoona by six and a half games and are also chasing Harrisburg. They have fallen to 26-32 on the road this season. They are now 1-9 since the promotions of Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier to Triple-A Columbus.

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Allen and Rodriguez in Akron, Two Head to the Capital, And More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

July 29, 2016 |

It’s been a rough week to be a ‘Ducks fan.

Akron saw two of its star players promoted to Triple-A while the RubberDucks have dropped seven straight games. After winning their series opener last Thursday, 7-1, in Altoona against the Curve, Akron was tied for first place. Since then, the club has lost seven straight, including three to the Curve, three more at home against the visiting Richmond Flying Squirrels, and the first game against Bowie.

The RubberDucks will continue their seven-game homestand to close out the month with three more games against the Baysox. The ‘Ducks will take Monday off before hitting the road for New Hampshire and Portland.

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Cleveland’s Frazier and Zimmer on the Move…to Triple-A

July 25, 2016 |

After weeks of rumors and speculation, the Cleveland Indians announced late Sunday night that the organization has moved its top two prospects, outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, to Triple-A Columbus.

The simultaneous move came after both have been subject of rumors linked to ways the Indians front office can bolster the 25-man roster of its first place club in the American League Central Division. Cleveland, with a six-game lead after the completion of Sunday’s games, has the second-best record in the league after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles.

The decision to promote both to the top level of the farm system may not have any bearing on whether the two are still with the club when the calendar flips to August, but given the projected holes in the outfield over the coming seasons and the Indians’ tendencies to hold in high regard their own top prospects, the relocation of both Frazier and Zimmer may indicate that neither will be moving anywhere but closer to becoming contributors to Cleveland’s parent club. Read More

Kaminsky Cruising Along, Zimmer Gets Four Hits, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

July 22, 2016 |

In the first edition of ‘Duck Tales since the Eastern League All-Star break, Akron struggled to get going after the break in action to host the Midsummer Classic at Canal Park. Play resumed the following Thursday as Erie took three out of four before the RubberDucks hit the road for a seven-game road trip.

With the first stop in Richmond on Monday, they fell 6-2, but Julian Merryweather and Michael Peoples earned wins to give the ‘Ducks a series win over the Flying Squirrels. Play moved to Altoona on Thursday as the Curve hosted Akron in the first game of a four-game set.

It is a big series this weekend for the ‘Ducks as they headed into play on Thursday night locked in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division with the Curve and the Harrisburg Senators. A win in the opener over Altoona broke up that tie some, with the RubberDucks improving to 54-45 on the season.

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