Indians Slug Out 16 Hits As Irwin Takes His 3rd Win

Indianapolis Indians  11,  Louisville Bats  6 (Box)  (rain-shortened, 7.5 innings)   The Indianapolis Indians took the name of the Louisville ball park to heart this evening:  Slugger Field.  They slugged 16 hits for 11 runs to swamp the Louisville Bats.  The Indians scored in each of the first 6 innings, as every member of the lineup reached base at least once.  2B Hector Luna had 4 hits, including a double and a homer, and...

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Cole Wins AAA Debut As Indians Win Last Home Game

Indianapolis Indians  8,  Toledo Mud Hens  4 (Box)   “Nervous” probably didn’t even begin to cover it.  Gerrit Cole, the Pirates’ first round draft pick from 2011, was promoted to Indianapolis, and today made his AAA debut, starting against the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field tonight.  It didn’t start out as Cole would have liked — in fact, many pitchers probably have nightmares that begin...

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Six Shut Out Innings For MVP VandenHurk In Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Toledo Mud Hens  1 (Box)     Starter Rick VandenHurk threw 6 shutout innings to begin the evening, then was awarded the Indians’ Most Valuable Player honors to end the evening.  The Indians defeated the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field, giving the Indians a 3 games to 1 lead in this 5-game home-and-home series.  The Indians’ offense backed up VandenHurk with 10 hits, including two each...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Hector Luna, Upper Level Promotions

A few minor league transactions this afternoon: **The Pirates have signed Hector Luna as a minor league free agent and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Luna will obviously be there to help Indianapolis in their playoff run after the September callups. Luna has a career .262/.314/.385 line in 794 major league at-bats. He had 62 at-bats in the majors with the Phillies this year, and hit for a .282/.329/.450 line in 220 at-bats for the...

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