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Not good enough

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CLEVELAND — Adrian Beltre had an extra reason to celebrate moving up the all-time home run list. This latest shot also won a game. Beltre hit his 450th career homer, a solo drive in the ninth inning off Cody Allen that sent the Texas Rangers over the Cleveland Indians 2-1. “Obviously ...

New schedule makes dollars, sense

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YOUNGSTOWN — DePaul, Butler, Utah State and Indiana are more than guaranteed games on Youngstown State’s schedule. The Penguins men’s basketball team has games scheduled against all four in the month of December — from Dec. 2 at DePaul, Dec. 9 at Butler, Dec. 20 at Utah State and Dec. ...

Francona misses game with lingering illness; cleared by doctors

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CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona missed Tuesday night’s game against Texas after his second trip to the hospital this month. The Indians said doctors for now have ruled out major health issues and Francona will be monitored the next several weeks. The 58-year-old Francona left ...

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Mahoning Valley Scrappers Nolan Jones, left, waits for a pitch during Monday’s game against State College at Eastwood Field in Niles. Spikes catcher Tyler Lancaster, right, is also pictured. The Scrappers defeated State College, 5-1.

Scrappers win to end homestand

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers capped off their six-game homestand with another solid offensive performance in a 5-1 victory over State College Monday night. Six different Scrappers combined for 11 hits, as MV has now scored 24 runs in its last five games. “I think the one thing ...

Zallow finishes year, looks to 2018

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Chad Zallow still cannot fathom what happened this past season. • Third place at NCAA Indoor Nationals in the 60-meter hurdles, along with holding the nation’s best time for two weeks at 7.61 seconds. • Ninth place at NCAA Outdoor Nationals in the 110 hurdles. Zallow began outdoors ...

Cleveland scores 13 straight to defeat Texas

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CLEVELAND — The Indians trailed by seven runs and were without manager Terry Francona by the fourth inning Monday night. Coming off a disheartening sweep to a division rival, Cleveland badly needed a few runs. They got them, and then they kept on going. Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall ...

Gorby, athletes roll out this season in style

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Chad Zallow just wanted to put his 19th-place finish at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Nationals behind him. Collin Harden had his USATF U19 Junior Nationals performance on Friday. The two were out in Sacramento, Calif., with Youngstown State University track and field coach Brian Gorby. ...

Napoli returns to area, receives AL title jewelry

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CLEVELAND — Mike Napoli’s only season in Cleveland was a memorable one. Napoli, now playing for the Texas Rangers, made his first appearance at Progressive Field since helping the Indians reach the World Series last season. The veteran first baseman/DH was presented with his American ...

Billups still undecided about joining Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND — Chauncey Billups isn’t sure if it’s time to jump back into the NBA. Nearly a week after first meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Billups has not yet decided whether to join Cleveland’s front office, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on ...

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Mahoning Valley’s Nolan Jones, left, swings and misses at a pitch during Sunday’s game against State College. The Scrappers lost to the Spikes 9-0 at Eastwood Field. Also pictured is State College catcher Josh Lopez, center, and home plate umpire John Boccio.

Spikes blank Scrappers

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ three-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the State College Spikes scored nine runs in the fourth inning to down MV, 9-0. The Scrappers had just four hits in the loss at Eastwood Field. “I thought he got a little ...

Harden ends long season for Penguins

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Collin Harden made the decision in mid-June of 2016, a moment changing the course of his Youngstown State University athletic future. The Girard High School graduate prepared for the Jack Arvin Classic, a Trumbull versus Mahoning senior all-star football game, as a YSU football walk-on. He ...

Indians swept by Twins

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CLEVELAND — Ervin Santana and Minnesota made themselves at home in Cleveland. The Twins and Indians have been gracious hosts so far this year. Santana struck out seven in six innings, Jason Castro drove in three runs and Minnesota swept Cleveland with a 4-0 victory on Sunday. Santana ...

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Mahoning Valley’s Nolan Jones hustles to third base during the Scrappers’ 9-2 victory over the State College Spikes on Saturday. Jones, a 2016 second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, had two of the Scrappers’ 15 hits.

Scrappers run wild

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers continued to find their offensive groove as the team has now scored 19 runs in the last three games, compared to just three combined runs in the first three contests. Consequently, the Scrappers are now on a three-game winning streak, thanks to a 9-2 ...

Another Twin killing

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CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins aren’t planning to go away in the AL Central. Brian Dozier hit a leadoff homer off closer Cody Allen to break an eighth-inning tie and Minnesota defeated the Cleveland Indians for the second straight day, 4-2 on Saturday. Dozier homered into the left ...

Gonzalez homers twice to lift MV

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers were a one-man team at the plate Friday, and that was enough. The Scrappers’ Oscar Gonzalez hit two home runs and drove in all five of MV’s runs as the Scrappers beat Auburn, 5-4, at Eastwood Field. Gonzalez, a 19-year-old undrafted free agent ...

Home not so sweet

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By STEVE HERRICK The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins finally found a way to beat the Cleveland Indians. Adalberto Mejia combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, leading the Twins to a 5-0 victory in a matchup of the top two teams in the AL Central on Friday ...

Scrappers’ initial home victory is a walkoff

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ first home victory of the season was a memorable one as Jonathan Laureno doubled home Oscar Gonzalez in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 5-4 walk-off win over Auburn at Eastwood Field. Both teams scored twice in the first inning and the score ...

Successful road trip

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BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians put on another offensive show against a Baltimore Orioles pitching staff that’s poised to set a record for extended futility. Austin Jackson had three hits and three RBIs, Erik Gonzalez homered and the Indians pounded out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory Thursday ...

Cavaliers standing still regarding GM position

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CLEVELAND — No pick. No picker. Unable to pull off a trade or move into the first round of the NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t add any significant player Thursday or fill a major hole in their front office. A stumbling start to the offseason staggers on. Owner Dan ...

Brewers’ slugger, closer too much for Bucs

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MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Corey Knebel were too much for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shaw drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles and Knebel set a modern-era record for most consecutive games by a reliever with a strikeout at a season’s start and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...