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Injury bug hits Ducks hard this week, claiming three starters

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

It’s hard to imagine the term “dropping like flies” being more fitting for a baseball club than it’s been this week for the RubberDucks.

The team has lost three starters from the lineup to injury in as many days. Making matters worse is the fact that the trio also happens to be the club’s top three players.

Wednesday, the Ducks lost starting shortstop - and the parent-club Indians No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America - when Francisco Lindor suffered a broken nose while fielding a ball that took a bad hop.

During Thursday’s game, the injury bug took a bite out of second baseman Joey Wendle. The Tribe’s No. 17th prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist on his own foul tip.

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Ducks lose game and CF Tyler Naquin in 4-3 loss to Senators

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

Major league rehabber Bryce Harper helped stake visiting Harrisburg to a 4-3 victory Friday with two RBI at the plate and then contributed a defensive play in the ninth inning to preserve the one-run victory that handed the Senators the win in the second game of a four-game series at Canal Park. 

After scoring a run on a Jake Lowery triple and Jordan Smith double in the third inning, the Ducks were shut out for the next five innings by Harrisburg starting pitcher John Simms.

But the host rallied in ninth inning against the Senators bullpen as reliever Tyler Herron struggled to slam the door shut. Herron dished up a leadoff home run to Kent State product Anthony Gallas, and then issued back-to-walks to Bryan LaHair and Tony Wolters with no outs.

But with the tying run at the plate, the Senators went back to the bullpen and brought on Robert Benincasa to finish the job. The right-hander did just that in retiring the first batter he faced before Ronny Rodriguez doubled to pull the Ducks to within a run before clinching the win.  

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Francisco Lindor diagnosed with non-displaced nasal fracture

By August Fagerstrom Published: June 26, 2014

Cleveland Indians top prospect and Akron RubberDucks shortstop Francisco Lindor has been diagnosed with a non-displaced nasal fracture. He is expected to miss 7-10 days and has passed all concussion tests.

Lindor left Wednesday's contest against Erie after a ground ball skipped off the infield dirt and hit him in the face while attempting to turn a double play. Lindor immediately fell face-down to the ground as team trainers rushed to his side. After a minute or two on the ground, Lindor walked off the field on his own power with a towel to his face to stop the flow of blood.

Lindor was ranked the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America's preseason top 100 list. He was batting .283 with a .362 on-base percentage with six home runs and 19 stolen bases in 72 games. The day before Lindor's injury, he was named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game roster.

August Fagerstrom can be reached at afagerstrom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow August on Twitter @AugustF_ABJ.

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Ducks split doubleheader with visiting Trenton, shut out 1-0 in Game Two

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 16, 2014

The Ducks took a 1-0 loss in Game Two of their doubleheader split with visiting Trenton, being shut out by Thunder starter Zach Nuding on a complete-game, two-hit shutout. 

The right-hander was in control from the start, walking just one batter while striking out five to improve to 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA on the young season. Nuding’s standout performance overshadowed another solid effort by Ducks pitcher Joe Colon

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Ducks take Game One of dobuleheader against visiting Thunder, 4-3

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 16, 2014

Cody Anderson, the Ducks starting pitcher Wednesday afternoon, warmed up quite a bit the previous night before the game was postponed due to snowy and cold weather.

Thus, it was questionable whether the right-hander would start the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader or be bumped back for added rest. Ultimately, it was decided the big 6-foot-4, 220-pounder would go ahead and take the mound Wednesday for the 12:05 p.m. start, but he ended up struggling in the brief outing.

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Ducks host Thunder for doubleheader today at Canal Park

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 16, 2014

The RubberDucks (5-6) host the Trenton Thunder (6-5) today at Canal Park for a doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m. Here are today’s lineups for Game One:

 

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RubberDucks broadcasts remain on WARF 1350-AM for all 142 games

By Ohio.com Published: March 18, 2014

The RubberDucks and Fox Sports 1350 (WARF) reached an agreement to keep the team's games on the radio station.

Here is the RubberDucks' news release:

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Indians name David Wallace as manager of RubberDucks along with rest of coaching staff

By Ron Ledgard Published: December 20, 2013

The Indians put Davio Wallace in as the manager of the RubberDucks.

Here is the rest of the news release from the RubberDucks:

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Aeros no more; RubberDucks new name for Double-A team

By Ron Ledgard Published: October 29, 2013

The Akron Aeros officially became the Akron RubberDucks this morning.

Here is the release from the team:

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