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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 17, 2017

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Indians Making Final Spring Roster Preparations as Logan Joins Bullpen

February 4, 2017 |

The start of Spring Training may be just a couple of weeks away, but Major League clubs are still hard at work at finalizing their rosters for camp. The Cleveland Indians made several such moves on Thursday, adding free agent left-handed reliever Boone Logan while finalizing a pair of waiver related issues.

The agreement with the 32-year-old southpaw Boone has not been confirmed or announced by the Tribe and a corresponding roster move will need to be made to create a spot on the 40-man roster for the lefty. His contract is reportedly worth a guaranteed $6.5 million – he is set to be paid $5.5 million for 2017 and his $7 million option for the 2018 season comes with a $1 million buyout.

A pair of other roster issues were ironed out during the day as the club’s pending waiver placements of Jesus Aguilar and Richie Shaffer were resolved. Read More

Indians Claim Shaffer, Designate Aguilar for Assignment

January 27, 2017 |

For the fourth time in less than three months, corner infielder Richie Shaffer is on the move. His newest destination is Cleveland, as the Indians claimed him off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

In a corresponding roster move, the Indians have designated 26-year-old minor league first baseman Jesus Aguilar for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Shaffer. Read More

Aguilar Named LVBP Player of the Week

December 20, 2016 |

It may be brutally cold and the landscape covered in white in northeast Ohio, but there is baseball being played in Venezuela. Cleveland Indians first baseman Jesus Aguilar took full advantage of the better playing conditions there, where he was named the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League’s (LVBP) Player of the Week for games played between December 12 and 18.

This year marks the sixth season that the 26-year-old Aguilar has played with the Leones del Caracas club in the LVBP. The Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela native led the league with four home runs in his six games during the week, including blasts in three straight games from December 16 to 18. He amassed 20 total bases for the week while going 7-for-18 (.389) at the plate with a .560 on-base percentage and seven runs batted in. Read More

Aguilar Awaiting a Steady Big League Opportunity with the Tribe

November 25, 2016 |

After the Cleveland Indians added free agent first baseman Mike Napoli last offseason, the path to a regular opportunity at the Major League level became significantly more crowded and difficult for ninth-year pro Jesus Aguilar.

Aguilar, in turn, put together the biggest power display of his minor league career despite a drop off in batting average and on-base percentage, numbers now in steady decline in his third season at the Triple-A level.

The big slugger now waits again for his chance with the Indians, who have a potential hole to fill in the lineup as Napoli is a free agent again after his one-year deal and seems to be gaining attention from numerous teams around the league after his career-best performance in several key offensive categories. In the meantime, the Indians will return Carlos Santana at the position after picking up his $12 million team option for one final season in Cleveland. Read More

Top Three Tribe Farm Teams Set to Start Minor League Playoffs

September 7, 2016 |

It’s playoff time in the minor leagues and three Indians affiliates will begin their chases for postseason crowns on Wednesday night.

The Triple-A Columbus Clippers, Double-A Akron RubberDucks, and High-A Lynchburg Hillcats all punched tickets in their respective leagues behind solid 2016 seasons. The Clippers won the International League’s West Division with an eleven-game lead at year’s end. The RubberDucks clinched a playoff berth on Sunday and won the Western Division title outright on Monday. The Hillcats won the Carolina League Northern Division first-half crown and tied the Potomac Nationals for the division’s second-half title with a 39-31 finish. Read More

Clippers’ Aguilar Named International League Batter of the Week

September 7, 2016 |

Jesus Aguilar capped off a powerful season at the plate with a big final week of the International League regular season, earning the league’s Batter of the Week award for games played between August 29 and September 5.

Aguilar joined teammates Yandy Diaz, Giovanny Urshela (twice), and pitcher Adam Plutko in receiving weekly honors from the IL over the course of the 2016 season. Read More

Aguilar’s Power on Display, Diaz Still Hitting, and More in Columbus Clipnotes

September 3, 2016 |

The team that helped the Columbus Clippers claim the International League West Division crown will not be the same team that tries to advance to the Governors Cup later in the month. The September call-ups have deprived the Clippers of several weapons from their bullpen and several more regular contributors from their every day lineup.

With the division already locked up, the Clippers (80-61) have gone on a bit of a losing skid, dropping three straight, four of their last five, and six of their last eight. Despite the tough stretch with the roster in a state of flux, their lead over Indianapolis and Louisville sits at eleven games heading into action over the weekend. They will wrap up their season with one more at home against Toledo before heading to the northwest corner of the state for two more against the Mud Hens before the playoffs start on Wednesday. In addition to the Clippers, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in the North Division have locked up playoffs spots, with the South Division completely up for grabs between four teams who will all finish with records below .500.

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Plutko Wins Hardware, Aguilar Leaves the Yard, and More in ClipNotes

August 27, 2016 |

The Columbus Clippers punched their ticket to the postseason on Wednesday, clinching their third straight International League West Division crown. They still have to wait to see who they may see in the playoffs, as the other two divisions still need some time to be decided.

The Clippers (78-56) extended their winning streak to nine straight games during the week before dropping each game of a two-game set in Toledo with the Mud Hens on Thursday and Friday. They completed a sweep of Toledo in Columbus just last weekend before taking three straight in Indianapolis during the week to clinch their playoff berth. They will wrap up the month with two at home against Louisville before going to Durham for three straight. September will open with three home dates against the Mud Hens before the two teams return to Toledo for two more to close out the regular season.

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Gonzalez Enjoying Power Surge, Merritt’s Winning Streak, and More in Columbus ClipNotes

August 20, 2016 |

Barring a very dramatic collapse, the Columbus Clippers are well on their way to another postseason appearance in 2016. With a 73-54 record after scoring ten unanswered runs in Friday night’s 11-5 win over the Toledo Mud Hens, the Clippers have a nine-game lead over the rival Indianapolis Indians in the International League’s West Division with 17 games left on the Columbus schedule.

Over the course of the previous seven days, the Clippers have remained a red hot team, taking two of three from Syracuse and sweeping Durham during the first two series of a three-team homestand from Huntington Park. After a day off on Thursday, they welcomed in Toledo for three games this weekend before taking the ClipShow on the road for three in Indianapolis and two more with the Mud Hens in Toledo.

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Zimmer Dinged, Streaks End, and More in Clipnotes (Offense Edition)

August 13, 2016 |

A solo home run by Erik Gonzalez in the sixth inning against top Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito was the lone run of the game as the Clippers claimed a 1-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday night.

The Clippers, finally with stability back to their pitching staff after the parent Indians stabilized their bullpen, have ripped off wins in eight of 12 games so far in August to push their lead in the International League West to eight games over the Indianapolis Indians. They will look to extend their third-best record in the International League this weekend against Syracuse before hosting Durham and Toledo for three games each to conclude a nine-game homestand.

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Diaz and Urshela Extend Streaks, Zimmer Adjusting Well, and More in Clipnotes

August 6, 2016 |

The Columbus Clippers offense is alive and well after putting up 26 runs in the last two games, including a matchup at home with Indianapolis on Thursday and the series opener in Louisville on Friday.

Columbus is just 4-3 over their last seven games heading into action on Saturday night. After winning 11-2 last Saturday in Charlotte, they lost 3-2 on Sunday to miss out on a chance to sweep the Knights at home. The Clippers returned home to Columbus for a four-game set with the rival Indianapolis Indians and won a 1-0 contest on a combined six-hitter on Monday before dropping back-to-back 5-4 decisions on Tuesday and Wednesday. They earned the series split on Thursday with a 9-7 victory before a 17-4 shellacking of the Bats in Louisville on Friday.

The Clippers sit in the top spot in the International League’s West Division with a 63-51 record heading into Saturday’s games, leading Indianapolis by five games. The Bats are eight games back while the Toledo Mud Hens sit in the cellar a dozen games out of first. Columbus will finish its four-game series in Louisville before heading to Toledo for three during the week.

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Clevinger Perfect, Plutko Promising, Almonte Ready, and More in Columbus Clipnotes

July 2, 2016 |

The Clippers have returned to their winning ways after some difficult times earlier in the month of June. They wrapped up the month strong, taking two of three in Columbus from the Norfolk Tides before sweeping the IronPigs on their home field in Lehigh Valley.

They opened a four-game weekend series in Pawtucket with a 6-4 loss on Thursday night, but bounced back with a 5-3 win on Friday night, despite rain delaying the game late. The win pushed the Clippers (44-38) into a one and a half game lead in the International League West Division over their rivals, the Indianapolis Indians, who were swept in a doubleheader in Toledo.

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