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Slumping Bruce getting a couple days off by Dusty Baker


Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker saw his rightfielder Jay Bruce have a tough night on Thursday at the plate against the Chicago Cubs and decided a change was needed.

Bruce hit .213 in July and has not done any better by batting .200 in August. He’s hitless in his last 12 at-bats with seven strikeouts. And that means Baker will give him a rest for the next two days.

Jay Bruce (courtesy of

Xavier Paul started in rightfield on Friday with Justin Germano pitching. With Travis Wood, a lefty throwing on Saturday, Chris Heisey should get the start.

Even with Bruce in a slump and the Reds star player, Joey Votto out of the lineup since July 16 with a knee injury, the team is still controlling the National League’s Central Division by 2.5 over Pittsburgh and 4 games over St. Louis.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Germano leaves Indians organization; signs with Samsung Lions


Justin Germano (courtesy of Herm Card)

It has been quite a week for Justin Germano.

First, he throws a perfect game at Syracuse; is selected Indians Minor League Player of the Week, International League Pitcher of the Week and now a new contract with a Korean team.

It has been reported by the Indians organization, Twitter and Internet news reports that Germano has signed with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Reports say that he has signed a $210K, including a $50K bonus.

The right-handed pitcher appeared in nine games this year with the Indians before they designated him for assignment in May and he then ended up in Columbus.

2010 might’ve been his best season, when he posted a 3.31 ERA with 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.0 walks per nine innings in 35.1 innings for the Indians, pitching primarily in relief.


Info compiled from staff, Cleveland Indians, Twitter and Internet news

Mr. Perfect Game Germano selected IL Player of the Week


Justin Germano (photo by Herm Card)

Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano has been selected as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 25-31.

Germano’s award gives Columbus six on the season, tied with Gwinnett for the most IL.

Last Tuesday, Clippers right-hander Justin Germano accomplished something just four other pitchers have done in the IL which is 128 years old. He retired all 27 batters he faced to record a 9-inning perfect game, the first-ever for a member of the Columbus Clippers. He needed just 95 pitches to dispose of the Syracuse lineup, recording seven strikeouts in a 3-0 shutout.

The no-hitter is the bright spot in an otherwise up-and-down season for the journeyman pitcher.

After starting the season with Cleveland, Germano accepted an assignment to Columbus in May, but struggled in the bullpen. In early July he was moved to the starting rotation with mixed results.

Germano, who will be 29 on August 6, was originally drafted by San Diego in 2000. He has pitched for the Padres, Reds and Indians.

He is a native of Pasadena, California.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers & the International League

Germano named Indians Minor League Player of the Week


Justin Germano fires no-hitter (photo by Herm Card)

The Cleveland Indians announced this week that Columbus RHP Justin Germano has been named the team’s Minor League Player of the Week for July 24-30.

The Player of the Week award recognizes an individual performance in the Indians Player Development System and is announced each week through the end of the minor league baseball season.

This past week, the 28-year-old Germano pitched the first perfect game in Columbus Clippers club history as he retired 27 straight batters, striking out 7 on 95 pitches, 68 strikes in the team’s 3-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. He never reached a 3-ball count and recorded 11 groundouts and nine flyouts to go with the seven punchouts.

The perfect game also was the first thrown in the International League since 2003 and marked the 6th no-hitter in Columbus history as well. Additionally, he was named the International League Pitcher of the Week.

A 13th round selection by the San Diego Padres in the 2000 June draft, Germano was signed by the Indians as a free agent in March 2010.


Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

Clippers 3 Chiefs 0; Germano throws no-no

Justin Germano mystifies Syracuse with no-hitter (photo credit to Herm Card)

The Columbus Clippers offense was able to muster up enough runs to support the perfect game pitching of starter Justin Germano in beating Syracuse 3-0.

Germano threw the first perfect game in Clippers history by going nine innings and striking out seven hitters.

The Clippers offense came into the game struggling, scoring one run in the last 18 innings of play.

In the first inning at Syracuse, the IL’s best team got off to a good start. Tim Fedroff led off the game with a double down the right field line. After Jason Donald popped out and Luis Valbuena grounded out, Fedroff moved up to third base, Cord Phelps came up with two outs and put Columbus up 1-0 with an RBI double.

The offense continued in the second inning. Chad Huffman drew a two-out walk. That was followed by a Paul Phillips single. Fedroff came to the plate and had a two-run triple that put Columbus up 3-0.

Germano had the sixth no-hitter in Clippers history.

Germano was the winner, he’s 3-6. Craig Stammen (8-5) was the loser for the Chiefs.

The game took 2 hours, 14 minutes before a crowd of 4,895 at Alliance Bank Stadium.

It was the fifth 9-inning perfect game in International League since 1884.

The last IL perfect game was Bronson Arroyo for Pawtucket in 2003.


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compiled from Columbus Clippers news, with help from Scott Leo, Herm Card, Anthony Slosser & Clippers Radio Network




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