Indians’ Winning Streak Ends With A Shutout

Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees  4,  Indianapolis Indians  0 (Box)   The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees ended both their own 6-game losing streak and the Indianapolis Indians’ 7-game winning streak by shutting out the Indians at Victory Field this afternoon.  Four Yankees’ pitchers contributed to the shut-out, allowing the Tribe only 7 hits and 3 walks.  Indians’ starter Jeff Locke did not have his usual control...

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Jordy Mercer Adjusting to Lack of Playing Time

PITTSBURGH, PA — When Jordy Mercer was promoted to Pittsburgh from Triple-A on May 29, he earned it. The rookie infielder hit for a .303/.379/.417 line in 175 at-bats with Indianapolis and was used as a pinch-hitter the same day he flew in from the minors. The 25-year-old struck out swinging, but picked up his first Major League hit the very next day in his first big league start at shortstop. But since then, Mercer hasn’t...

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Hague and Mercer Make it to Bigs After Five Years of Ball Together

When shortstop Jordy Mercer took the field on Wednesday for his first big league start, the 25-year-old saw a very familiar face across the diamond in fellow rookie Matt Hague. Mercer and Hague have always dreamed of one day making it to the Major Leagues. And both get to share the experience of their rookie season together in Pittsburgh. Before the infielders were both drafted by Pittsburgh in 2008, they played together at Oklahoma...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Making an Impact On and Off the Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After another strong outing from veteran A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, the right-hander dropped his ERA down to 3.60 on the 2012 season. But because of one rough outing, Burnett’s impact on and off the mound is even better if you dig a little deeper. Burnett got charged with 12 runs on 12 hits over 2.2 innings in St. Louis on May 2. Burnett entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA over his first two starts,...

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Owens Strikes Out Seven And Clement Homers In Indians Win

Indianapolis Indians  3,  Durham Bulls  1 (Box)   The two starting pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts at Victory Field tonight.  Even though Bulls’ starter Chris Archer had 8 strikeouts to the Tribe’s Rudy Owens’ 7, it was Owens who earned the win, his 3rd of the season.  Owens also made a pair of outstanding defensive plays, worthy of the highlight reels.  His teammates supplied enough firepower behind him,...

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