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Reds acquire 1B/3B Mills from Indians in minor league trade


The Cleveland Indians expected a great deal out of Beau Mills, but that is usually the case with a  First-round Draft pick. After all, he was the 13th overall pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The first baseman/third baseman’s play didn’t satisfy the front office, so he has been dealt to MLB team in southwest Ohio.

Beau Mills (courtesy of Columbus Clippers)

Cleveland traded Mills to Cincinnati in exchange for cash in a Minor League deal on Thursday, June 21.  Mills has been assigned to Double-A Pensacola in the Reds’ organization. Mills had start the 2012 MiLB season with the Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League.

This season, Mills as a designated hitter/first baseman,  he batted  just .197 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 39 games for Triple-A Columbus. He can also play third base.  Mills’ production caused him to fall to third on the Indians organizational depth chart behind Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler at first base for the Clippers.

In six minor league seasons with the Indians organization, the 25-year-old Mills hit .267 with 76 home runs and 375 RBI’s.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news


4 wins in a row for Columbus Clippers; squeeze past Toledo, 3-2

Dan Hock of also contributed to this story

Columbus, Ohio–Brian Bixler’s only hit of the game Wednesday night, was the game-winner help sending Columbus to its fourth win in a row, 3-2 over Toledo.

Clippers Carlos Santana at bat (

The Clippers kicked off the scoring Wednesday night against Phil Dumatrait who in 8 starts against them is 2-5 with a 4.71 ERA, in the second inning when Anderson Hernandez plated Carlos Santana with a sacrifice fly.

The Clippers kept getting base runners against Dumatrait, but couldn’t get that big hit.

Columbus did tack on another run in fourth inning  on a Brian Horwitz RBI double to make it 2-0.

Columbus pitcher Hector Rondon looked and pitched much better than he did 5 days ago (last Friday)  against Indianpolis. Rondon handcuffed the Mud Hens for four innings, until allowing a solo home run to Jeff Frazier to cut the deficit to 2-1

Toledo would tie the game in the 6th inning with an unearned run as Brent Dlugach was safe on an error. 6’6 230 pound left fielder Ryan Strieby lined a single to center field scoring Dlaguch, with the tying run at 2-2.

Rondon would pitch 6 innings, striking out 5 and  allowing 1 earned  run.

Clippers pitcher Hector Rondon (

The Clippers won the game in the bottom of the eighth against Daniel Schlereth,  son of ESPN NFL analyst,  Mark Schlereth, who was struggling with his control. Russell Branyan opened the inning with a double to the right field wall; Shelley Duncan walked; Carlos Santana was walked intentionally. Wes Hodges hit a ball to the second baseman and Will Rhymes threw to the plate to get the forceplay. Brian Bixler lined a 2-1 fastball to the left fielder whose throw to the plate was up the first base line and the Clippers went up 3-2.

Frank Hermann closed the game out against Toledo giving Mike Gosling the win and earning himself his first career save.

The two teams will play Thursday morning at 11:35. Armando Galarraga pitches for Toledo against the Clippers Jeanmar Gomez.

The Dispatch scoreboard at Huntington Park (

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME  MANAGER’S  OFFICE. (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 813 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager The Bullpen is coming together now

44 814 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager With every win comes a new hero, this time its Brian Bixler


* Columbus lost the season series with Toledo in 2009, including a 3-8 mark in Huntington Park. The Clippers haven’t won a series with Toledo since 2003.

* Wes Hodges (20) and Shelley Duncan (19) currently rank 1st and 2nd respectively, in the International League in longest on-base streaks.

* In addition to Minor League Baseball in runs, the Clippers also lead all of MiLB in batting (.336), slugging (.588) and homers (11). The Clippers rank 2nd in on- base percentage (.412), 19 points behind Bradenton of the Florida State League for the lead.

* The Toledo Mud Hens were featured in the April 12th edition of Sports Illustrated. In the “Go Figure” section, SI writes that the 15-scoop Fantastic Freeze ice cream sundae served at Fifth Third contains 3,800 calories.

* Toledo manager Larry Parrish collected win number 500 of his Mud Hen managerial career Friday April 9 against   the Louisville Bats. He is 502-481 (.511) since 2003 and is now 39 wins shy of overtaking over Cal Ermer (1978-1984) as the winningest manager in  Toledo Mud Hens history.

* The third largest crowd in Fifth Third Field history witnessed Opening Day. 12,711 fans were on hand for the festivities.