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Indians trade Clippers star Valbuena to Toronto


Luis Valbuena (Clippers photo)

There was no doubt that Luis Valbuena was one of the catalysts who drove the Columbus Clippers offense the past two seasons.

In 2011, Valbuena hit .302 in 113 games, with 64 runs scored, 127 hits, 22 doubles, 17 homers, 75 RBI’s, 200 total bases, 46 walks. He helped lead the Clippers to back-to-back IL Governors Cup champions and National Triple-A world champions.

But when it came time to hit major league hitting, Valbuena had no clue.

So, the Cleveland Indians with a boatload of middle infielders, traded the second baseman over the weekend to the Toronto Blue Jays  in exchange for cash considerations.

The 25-year-old played in 17 games for Cleveland last year, batting just .209 with one homer and one RBI.

The move puts Toronto at 40 players on their 40-man roster.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

Clippers trail 5-0, 7-1 rallies to win 11-7 at Rochester


Chad Huffman (courtesy of Columbus Clippers)

It was a very long night in Rochester, New York as the Columbus Clippers rallied from two huge deficits and beat the Red Wings, 11-7.

The two teams waited out a one hour and forty-one minute rain delay at Frontier Field in upstate New York.

The Red Wings led 5-0 after two innings and 7-1 after four frames.

The huge rally started for the Clippers in the sixth. Thomas Neal led off the sixth with a single to center field. Nick Johnson followed with a walk. Jared Goedert delivered an RBI double and the score was 7-4. After Paul Phillips walked to load the bases, Tim Fedroff hit a double down the left field line, knocking in two runs and the score was 7-6. With one out, Luis Valbuena hit an RBI single and just like that it was 7-7. With still only one out, Chad Huffman cranked out a two-run triple and the Clippers were up 9-7 scoring six runs in the inning to take control of the game.

Zach Putnam worked his second inning in the ninth and shut the door on the Red Wings to get his 8th save. Matt Langwell (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for the Clippers.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

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




2B Jason Kipnis called up by Cleveland


Jason Kipnis (file photo)

Columbus Clippers second baseman Jason Kipnis has been called up by the parent Cleveland Indians.

Minor-league infielder Jared Goedert has been desiganted for assignment and infielder Luis Valbuena was sent back to Columbus to clear a roster spot on the Indians’40-man roster.

Cleveland purchased Kipnis’ contract from Triple-A Columbus, where he was having a stellar season, hitting .279 with 12 homers, 55 RBI’s, 64 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 91 games. He leads the International League in triples with nine. He recently led off the MLB Futures Game, which showcases the top minor-league players, with a home run.

He is a second-round 2009 draft pick out of Arizona State.


compiled from Cleveland Indians news

Clippers’ Valbuena recalled by Indians


Luis Valbuena (file photo)

The Cleveland Indians have promoted infielder Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus.

The versatile Valbuena has played 46 games at shortstop, 11 games at third base and left field and five games at second. He played with the Indians on May 19 and 20, but never played in a game.

Valbuena filled the roster spot of Zach McAllister who was optioned back to the Clippers after pitching four innings in his major league debut on Thursday night.

Valbuena has been hitting the ball well all season for Columbus, a .313 average with 12 homers and 56 RBI’s in 77 International League games.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers & Cleveland Indians

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