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Bucs activate Polanco off team’s injured list

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PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco couldn’t get the awkward slide into second base last September that dislocated his left shoulder out of his head. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder pored over the video during his lengthy rehab to the point where it simply got to be too much. “It was ...

Dunham carries on Spartans’ legacy

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AUSTINTOWN — Mitchel Dunham couldn’t shake West Branch senior Jeff Joseph on Saturday. The Boardman High School junior distance runner didn’t know much about the Warriors’ athlete. All Dunham did was go on instinct, holding off Jones in winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, along ...

Diamondbacks rally past Pirates; Bucs lose Burdi after arm injury

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PITTSBURGH — Nick Burdi’s combination of grit and resilience — oh and a fastball that can touch triple digits — helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever carve out a spot in the big leagues less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right arm. One innocent-looking pitch ...

Callow, McDonald handle Mineral Ridge

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McDONALD — The McDonald Blue Devils started off hot and stayed that way as they blasted 10 hits past the Mineral Ridge Rams in Monday’s 9-0 victory at Woodland Park in McDonald. McDonald coach Michelle Titus, whose team is 10-3, 10-0 (Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference), said playing ...

NHLPA reps favor playoff change

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Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn’t mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL’s current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA ...

Monday’s highlights

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BASEBALL John F. Kennedy’s AJ Arp and Peyton Comer combined to toss a two-hit shutout as the Eagles won, 4-0, over St. Thomas Aquinas. Arp struck out five, walked one and allowed one hit over four innings. Comer allowed one hit and three walks in the final three innings. Cameron Hollobaugh ...

Fitch girls relay team hopes to sprint to state

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AUSTINTOWN — Alena Williams grabbed the baton. Only 100 meters separated her and the finish line at Austintown Fitch High School’s all-weather track where she has practiced many times. The Fitch junior sprinter crossed the line in 50.61 seconds on Saturday as the Falcons’ girls ...

Myers finds stride

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AUSTINTOWN — Just one little tweak might have turned Christian Myers’ season around — and it certainly hasn’t hurt the Fitch Falcons either. Just a few weeks ago, Myers was mired in a slump, popping balls up left and right and lost at the plate. The Fitch senior was frustrated and ...

Crunching the numbers

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Numbers are a big part of baseball, and there haven’t been many figures that didn’t favor David LeMasters. Strikeouts, earned run average, wins, whatever the category may be, LeMasters’ numbers are usually some of the best. Oddly enough, there’s only one number that the right-hander ...

Donaldson gets hot, but way too late to help the Indians

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CLEVELAND — Josh Donaldson found his power stroke at Progressive Field. A few months too late for the Cleveland Indians, though. Donaldson had two homers and four RBIs, Freddie Freeman added three hits and the Atlanta Braves pounded Cleveland’s pitching for the second straight night, ...

Posey hits winner as Giants edge Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — Buster Posey kept insisting the longest homerless drought of his career wasn’t weighing on him even as days turned into weeks and weeks stretched into months. The San Francisco Giants catcher believed if he simply kept showing up for work, then the ball would eventually find ...

Up and down season is over for Phantoms

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YOUNGSTOWN — Struggles and recovery. That’s the story for the Youngstown Phantoms’ 2018-19 season. They struggled multiple times throughout the season, only to battle back and play stronger than before. Their season came to an end at the hands of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, falling 2-0 ...

Weather OK so far for spring season

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Don’t tell anyone you heard this from me — I don’t want to be accused of jinxing things — but the weather for the high school spring sports season in 2019 has been downright decent. That has made for some busy evenings in our sports department, but we are OK with that as we try to ...

Back on track

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AUSTINTOWN — Tyrese Bandy hasn’t heard his feet make the sound of meeting an all-weather track since late March. He felt that twitch no sprinter wants to feel, his hamstring pulling. It’s a feeling which cost the Austintown Fitch High School sophomore about a month of the 2019 outdoor ...

Bullpen collapse upstages Lindor

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CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor’s comeback got upstaged by one from Atlanta. Ronald Acuna Jr.’s two-run double highlighted a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the Braves stormed back to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night, gaining a split ...

McDonald sweeps at PV

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ANDOVER – Tyler Worrell won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes to help McDonald to win the boys portion of Saturday’s Laker Invitational, 152-118.5, over second-place Jefferson. Zach Gray won the shot put and discus for the Blue Devils. McDonald also claimed wins in the 4x400 and 4x800 ...

Tucker is Pirates’ hero in MLB debut

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PITTSBURGH — Cole Tucker’s day began with him frantically packing up what he could in his Indianapolis apartment in the middle of the night, grabbing a 5 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh with fellow Pirates call-up Bryan Reynolds and trying not to be overwhelmed by the prospect of his major league ...

Weathering the storm

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VIENNA — Battling the weather conditions as well as the opposition, Hubbard softball came out victorious beating Mathews 11-5. “I knew it was going to be a back-and-forth game, and I was very proud of our girls,” Eagles coach Joe Zagorec said. “We’ve got a very young team. Last ...

Lindor to return; Santana sworn in

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CLEVELAND — Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana’s joyful smile. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention. Afterward, Santana beamed with pride. “Thanks, ...

Ray of hope

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PLAIN TWP. — Miranda Stanhope would rather run in 50-degree weather with overcast conditions. That’s what the Badger High School junior prefers to run the 1,600- or 3,200-meter races. She’d rather go four or eight times around the track without the elements being a distraction. On ...