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Covellis open up second arena

COLUMBUS — Youngstown will no longer be the only city with a Covelli Center in it. The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced the grand opening of its own Covelli Center, the newest edition to the Ohio State Athletics District. The Columbus version of the Covelli Center ...

Big inning dooms Scrappers vs. Black Bears

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — A six-run fifth inning by West Virginia led to a 10-3 rout by the Black Bears over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The Scrappers fell to 3-2 with the loss. Starting pitcher Jhonneyver Gutierrez tossed 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and zero walks while ...

Bats break out again

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jose Ramirez went into the upper deck for his first home run in more than a month. The Cleveland Indians later got a trio of long balls unlike any they have had in nearly 15 years. While rookie Zach Plesac allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning, Cleveland ...

Cavs have options at No. 5 of NBA Draft

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA’s postseason from afar. They’ll be big players again Thursday night. With the fifth and 26th picks in the draft, the Cavaliers can add quality talent to a young team now under the direction of new coach ...

Sparkling start

NILES — The sixth overall prospect in the Cleveland Indians pipeline, Ethan Hankins, shined in his debut on the mound for the Scrappers. The hard-throwing right-hander was nearly perfect, shutting down Batavia and helping Mahoning Valley to a 3-1 victory Monday at Eastwood Field. “I ...

Texas spoils Clevinger’s return

ARLINGTON, Texas — Lance Lynn did what he has been doing throughout his first season with the Texas Rangers with another quality start. While Lynn allowed one run over seven innings, the Cleveland Indians finally got to see Mike Clevinger back on the mound, though their lanky right-hander ...

Journeyman former Browns QB retires

NEW YORK — Josh McCown was sometimes the starting quarterback, often the backup — and always among the most-respected and well-liked players in whatever locker room he was in. And there were many. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, wrote in a piece for The Players’ Tribune posted Monday ...

Home, sweet home

NILES — Mother Nature tried her best, with rain and the threat of a tornado, but that wasn’t enough to stop Opening Day for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The weather obviously didn’t impact their offense as they outscored the Batavia Muckdogs, 9-7, Sunday evening at Eastwood Field, ...

Bauer’s shutout closes out sweep

DETROIT — Trevor Bauer has accomplished a lot of things in his career, but there was one box he wasn’t able to check off until Sunday in Detroit. Bauer pitched his first shutout as a pro, ending the longest winless streak of his career as the Cleveland Indians beat the Tigers 8-0 Sunday ...

Bell delivers again, Pirates rally to win

MIAMI — Josh Bell padded his NL-leading RBI total and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to a series-clinching victory. Bell’s go-ahead double in the seventh lifted the Pirates over the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Sunday. The Pirates rallied from a 4-2 deficit on Corey Dickerson’s pinch-hit RBI ...

Scrappers open home campaign after 6-3 loss

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are scheduled to play their 2019 home opener tonight at 6:35 against the Batavia Muckdogs, and they will do it as a .500 team. The Scrappers dropped to 1-1 on the season Saturday night after losing at West Virginia, 6-3. Mahoning Valley ...

Martin steals Bieber’s thunder in 4-2 victory

DETROIT — Leonys Martin noticed Victor Alcantara putting his head down while preparing to pitch. It was the right time for the Cleveland baserunner to take off for the plate. “I wasn’t afraid, man,” Martin said. Martin stole home in the eighth inning for an insurance run, and the ...

Pirates can’t hold lead vs. Marlins

MIAMI — For the second straight game Pittsburgh jumped on Miami, this time though the Marlins’ answered and Pablo Lopez and his teammates were able to lock down the Pirates the rest of the way. Lopez pitched seven strong innings and allowed three runs to help the Miami Marlins beat the ...

Scrappers win opener

GRANVILLE, W.V. — The Scrappers opened up their season on the right foot, capturing a 5-4 win over the West Virginia Black Bears. George Valera shined in his debut with the Scrappers, ending the game with two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Valera doubled on a fly ball in the first inning to ...

Tribe breaks through

DETROIT — Needing a home run for the cycle, Jake Bauers had a conversation with teammate Shane Bieber before heading to the plate in the eighth inning. “I told him, ‘I don’t know man, I think I’m just going to try and stay left-center, hit a base hit where the shortstop should ...

Landry clears the air on rift

SHAKER HEIGHTS — Jarvis Landry’s not worried about the Browns bickering. The splashy wide receiver said Friday he doesn’t believe recent harsh comments quarterback Baker Mayfield made about disgruntled running back Duke Johnson will affect chemistry for a Cleveland team dealing with ...

Scrappers pursue 3rd straight division title

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are back! The Scrappers begin their 21st season at 7:05 tonight on the road against the West Virginia Black Bears. The Scrappers are coming off a remarkable 2018 season, in which they posted a record of 42-33 to win the Pinckney Division of the New ...

Big and tall

NILES — It didn’t take long for people to think Mahoning Valley Scrappers pitcher Liam Jenkins was a basketball player once he arrived in the area. “When I got in the elevator here, they actually mistook me for a basketball player,” he said. Apparently bigger is better in ...

Scrappers begin 21st season on road

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers begin their 21st season on the road tonight at West Virginia, then open their home season Sunday on Father’s Day with a special 6:35 p.m. start and a postgame fireworks show. Mahoning Valley faces the Batavia Muckdogs Sunday and Monday at home before ...

Exciting times for local racing fans

It’s the week Sprint car fans from across the midwest and the eastern part of the country have been waiting for. The 37th annual All-Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Nine nights of racing at eight different race tracks. Things start off at Attica Raceway Park tonight, ...