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Magical year continues as Scrappers rally

BATAVIA, N.Y. — With two runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers defeated the Batavia Muckdogs, 5-4, in New York-Penn League play. For what seems like the first time all year, Scrappers (20-12) starting pitcher Luis Oviedo seemed vulnerable. After Christopher ...

What a relief

ARLINGTON, Texas — Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night, when the AL Central-leading Indians debuted their two new relievers. Jose Ramirez, who earlier in the game hit his major league-leading 30th ...

Indians get a Hand as new relievers join team

ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star closer Brad Hand kept hearing his name discussed among potential trades last year, when the lefty ended up staying with the San Diego Padres and got a new contract during the offseason. This time, Hand has switched teams and could have a bit of a different role ...

Bullpen help for Indians

SAN DIEGO — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The Indians need Hand, a lefty, ...

OHSAA wants state tourney to stay at Huntington

COLUMBUS — Jerry Snodgrass just moved into his new office, getting acclimated to the new scenery. The building is the same, just different responsibilities as the new Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner takes over for Dan Ross, who retired earlier this year. Snodgrass was ...

Auburn ends MV’s winning streak at 3

AUBURN, N.Y. — Errors kept Mahoning Valley from earning a sweep as Auburn stopped the Scrappers’ three-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory. Mahoning Valley (19-12) held a 2-0 lead when Clark Scolamiero doubled home Richie Palacios and Mitch Reeves in the top of the fourth inning. ...

Homers power MV to third-straight victory

AUBURN, N.Y. — Back-to-back home runs by Hosea Nelson and Angel Lopez proved enough power to lift Mahoning Valley past Auburn, 7-6. Nelson’s two-run shot over the right-field wall and Lopez’ dinger to left-center field gave the Scrappers (19-11) a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning, erasing ...

WGH grad ambassador to wheelchair basketball

Lee Montgomery, a 1975 Warren G. Harding graduate and originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., was born with limb differences and he received prosthetic legs by the age of five. It wasn’t until he turned 14 that he found something to be totally passionate about and he has been ever ...

Scott’s story more than statistics

NILES — As Adam Scott talks, you have to remind yourself he’s from New York State. The hint of a twang in his inflection confuses the average person. The left-handed pitcher seemingly has to be from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But he grew up 30 minutes southeast of Rochester, N.Y., ...

Taste of Italy: Davis shifting to Champions League

It was around 11 p.m., and Shaheed Davis was finally heading home after another long day. The Warren G. Harding graduate now lives in Orlando and starts his days by going to L.A. Fitness, where he works on his shooting — putting up hundreds of shots early in the morning. Then he goes to ...

Scrappers rained out in homestand finale

NILES — The rain came less than an hour prior to the 7:05 first pitch on Monday. It was supposed to be the third and final game of the Hudson Valley-Mahoning Valley series. The tarp was covering the infield as a deluge of rain flooded the area. When the tarp was lifted, the water coming ...

Bell and Steelers miss on deadline

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last. The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play under the franchise tag for ...

Nelson belts walkoff HR for Scrappers

NILES — In walkoff fashion, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades, 8-6, in New York-Penn League action. With one out, the game tied at 6 and a 2-2 count, Hosea Nelson crushed a ball over the home bullpen and batting cage in right field to give the Scrappers the ...

Tribe splits with Yanks

CLEVELAND — With a flight to catch, Michael Brantley quickly dressed and stuffed some batting gloves, cleats and other gear into a red-white-and-blue duffel bag. Brantley’s headed to the All-Star Game. Before leaving, he again showed why he’s going. Brantley homered leading off the ...

Howland native playing well

It’s almost becoming routine for Gianna Clemente. The Howland native, a golf prodigy of sorts, won her second world championship in the past three years on Thursday. Clemente, 10, won the 9-and-10 year old division at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in El Cajon, California ...

No reason to marvel

NILES — On a hot day for baseball, bats were cold as the Hudson Valley Renegades defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Saturday in New York-Penn League action, 1-0. It was another fantastic outing for Scrappers ace Luis Oviedo. Despite suffering his first loss of the young season, Oviedo ...

Nothing routine about NY victory

CLEVELAND — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter. “Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?” he said. Romine chuckled, too. New York’s backup catcher came all the way around and scored when Cleveland ...

Gomes makes All-Star roster

CLEVELAND — Indians catcher Yan Gomes walked to the plate Saturday night and found out he was an All-Star. Gomes will replace Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos in Tuesday’s game in Washington D.C., giving Cleveland six All-Stars. Gomes said he wrestled with emotions when he came up in the ...

Frye heading back to Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Channing Frye was a dependable player, locker-room presence and fan favorite for parts of three seasons with the Cavaliers. He can be again. Frye has agreed to re-sign for next season with Cleveland, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday, adding ...

Pirates take doubleheader from Brewers

PITTSBURGH — Once wasn’t enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates leading 3-0 in the eighth, Marte hit his ...