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Clippers: National Champions, AGAIN!


Columbus Dispatch:

The International League champions defeated the Pacific Coast League’s Omaha Storm Chasers 8-3 in the Triple-A National Championship Game in front of 9,569 fans last night.

“We had a great clubhouse,” said pitcher Joe Martinez, the game’s most valuable player. “It’s nice when you can go in there and you genuinely like everyone. You always remember the guys you win with. We’ve got a lot of great guys here — not just good players but good people.”

The team won an IL-best 88 games and then seven more games in the postseason despite a blizzard of transactions that reached 186 when the Cleveland Indians recalled Corey Kluber yesterday.

(Source: neighborhoodr-columbus)

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Indians and Giants Complete Trade

CLEVELAND, OH  – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired OF THOMAS NEAL from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for INF ORLANDO CABRERA.

Neal, 23, has hit .295 (65-220) with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 25RBI in 60 games for AAA Fresno of the Pacific Coast League (.351OB/.409SLG/.761OPS) in 2011.  The right-handed hitting outfielder has appeared in games at all three outfield positions and is hitting .338 (26-77) off LHP, .314 (33-105) with runners on base and .308 (20-65) with RISP.  He is currently on the disabled list with a left hand contusion (placed on DL on July 17).  He is now a member of the Indians 40-man roster and has been optioned to AAA Columbus and placed on the Triple A disabled list.

Neal was San Francisco’s 36th round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Riverside (CA) Community College.   In 2009 at Class A San Jose he hit .337 (160-475) with 41 2B, 22HR & 90 RBI in 129 games and led the California League in on-base % (.431) and was 3rd in runs (102), 4th in slugging % (.579) and 5th in batting average on his way to California League and Topps Class A All-Star honors.  He was an Eastern League All-Star at Double A Richmond in 2010 after hitting .291 (153-525) with 40 2B, 12HR & 69 RBI in 136 games (3rd in the EL in 2B/ 5th in hits).  His career minor league average is .296 (552-1863) with 128 2B, 11 3B, 56HR & 289 RBI in 502 games (.372OB/.467SLG/.839OPS).

Orlando Cabrera hit .244 (79-324) in 91 games for the Indians this season (.277OB/ .321SLG/.598OPS).

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