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Four Clippers on IL All Star team!
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Chris Perez high-fives his teammates after their 9-6 win!
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Matt LaPorta gets congrats after scoring on a Lou Marson double.
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Matt LaPorta connects for his 2nd hit of the game. This was LaPorta’s first game with the Indians this season.
LaPorta called up; Damon placed on paternity list

Johnny Damon has been placed on the paternity list for three days, allowing the Indians to fill his roster spot by calling up Matt LaPorta, who will report to the club in time for Sunday’s game against the Twins.

Damon is returning to his home in Orlando, Fla. to see his wife Michelle and his new twin daughters, who were born Friday.

What happens to LaPorta when Damon returns? “When Johnny comes back, we’ll make a decision,” manager Manny Acta said tonight.

Plus Tribe beat writer Jordan Bastian reported that Matt’s not in the lineup for either game of the Clippers’ doubleheader today. Interesting…
If this is true, good luck Matt!! :)
Matt LaPorta's walk-up song helps fuel success

For some baseball players, the song that plays before they come up to bat serves as a fun way to get them ready to hit. But for one player on the Columbus Clippers, the walk-up song means a little bit more. When Clippers first baseman Matt LaPorta approaches the plate, the song that blasts over the speakers reminds him of his faith and his purpose in life.

LaPorta’s walk-up song is Christian artist Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow.” While his teammates play songs such as LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” or Snoop Dogg’s “I Want To Make You Sweat,” the piece that blares onto the field when LaPorta steps to the plate says, “Where you go I’ll go / Where you stay, I’ll stay / When you move, I’ll move / I will follow you.”

“I play (the song) because my strong faith in God and my belief in him,” LaPorta said. “Basically the song is saying wherever God goes and wherever he’s at, that’s where I want to be.”

LaPorta said the minor leagues isn’t exactly where he wants to be, but he seems to be making the most of his situation.

“I think it hits home with me because I would love to be in the big leagues but I’m not. I’m in triple A,” he said. “But you know what, that’s where I feel like God has me right now, and I’m content and happy because I know he’s with me.”

He said although he’s not in the majors, he’s honored to be playing for the Clippers for now.

“I’d like to get back to the big leagues, so I have to continue to strive for that,” he said. “But I got to take care of what I can here and focus on my team here.”

LaPorta was named the International League Batter of the week for April 23-29. He said it’s an honor to be named with the great ball players in the league but at the end of the day, he knows that his future is in the hands of God.

“No matter where I’m at in my life, I know that God is with me,” he said.

LaPorta keeps positive attitude with Clippers

While his numbers to start this season have been impressive, his attitude has impressed Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh most.

"Matt came here with a good attitude right from the start," Sarbaugh said. "That’s one of the reasons he’s having the success he is having.

"He isn’t worried about where he is. He has put more emphasis on what he needs to do to make himself a better, more consistent player. He’s not feeling sorry for himself."

LaPorta ranks among the International League leaders in a number of categories this season. A 2-for-5 effort in the Clippers’ 8-1 win over the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field Sunday lifted his batting average to .361, second only to Toledo’s Brad Eldred.

His nine home runs are tied for third in the league, and he also leads the Clippers with 20 RBIs. What’s more, he his tied for the IL lead with 35 hits, and is .701 slugging percentage also is second only to Eldred.