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Wild pitch gives Giants extra-inning victory over Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Pirates right-hander Daniel Hudson was only thinking about Giants star Buster Posey when he uncorked a full-count slider Saturday. When the ball skipped in the dirt and got away from the catcher, Denard Span was ready to pounce. Span sprinted home from third on Hudson’s ...

Penguins will look different next season

After celebrating a Stanley Cup championship for a second consecutive season, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Penguins’ pending free agents to test the market and report back if they want to return. There’s not much room at the inn and it turns out that the Penguins will look very ...

Cavaliers, Calderon agree to deal

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a contract with veteran Jose Calderon to back up All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. Calderon’s agency, Priority Sports, confirmed the deal Saturday on Twitter, and a person with knowledge of the details says it’s for the veteran’s ...

Rainout leads to another twinbill

DETROIT — If the Detroit Tigers want to be taken seriously as contenders in the AL Central, these next two series against Cleveland could be vital. First, though, the weather has to cooperate. The Tigers and Indians were rained out Friday night, and the game won’t be made up until Sept. ...

Tough night

PITTSBURGH — Coming into Friday night’s game, the San Francisco Giants had scored 311 runs in the 2017 season, the fourth-lowest total in the majors. They didn’t look like it against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hunter Pence drove in five runs and the Giants pounced on Pittsburgh starter ...

Scrappers struggle in all facets in loss at W.Va.

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — Pitching was a problem for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Friday. So was hitting. It wasn’t a winning combination as the Scrappers fell, 7-1, to the West Virginia Black Bears at Monongalia County Ballpark. The Scrappers (6-5) handed out seven walks, one wild pitch ...

Salary cap keeps Cavaliers quiet

CLEVELAND — Unable to chase any high-profile free agents, the Cavaliers want to retain one of their own. With an eye on closing the gap on Golden State after losing in the NBA Finals, the Cavs will extend a contract offer to free agent forward Kyle Korver after the negotiating period begins ...

Former JFK coach Zolciak to be honored

WARREN — Dennis Zolciak doesn’t hide from the reason he got into coaching. It’s the same reason a lot of people start in the profession. Zolciak, a longtime John F. Kennedy football coach who led the Eagles to a state runner-up finish in 1989, was just one season removed from playing ...

Scrappers handle W. Virginia

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers didn’t allow a hit through five innings, and Simeon Lucas homered and doubled as the Scrappers beat West Virginia, 6-3. The Scrappers (6-4) had 12 hits, including a home run from Nolan Jones. MV took a 3-0 lead in the third, with two ...

Striking out the Rangers

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber is moving into select company when it comes to striking out batters. Kluber allowed three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Thursday. Kluber (7-2) tied a franchise record held by Hall of Famer Bob ...

Quick learner: Young Cantu off to hot start

NILES — For many young minor league baseball prospects making the transition straight from high school to the pros, things can be tough in those first few years. In fact, some players take several years just to get past Class A ball and yet still can’t advance much further beyond ...

Late run dooms MV

GRANVILLE, WV. — The West Virginia Black Bears scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 2-1, on Wednesday night. A Jose Barraza RBI single to left field drove in Bligh Madris for what proved to be the game-winner for the Black ...

Back in business

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona watched his team’s 2-1 loss Tuesday night on television after being released from the hospital. The result and vantage point were much better Wednesday night. Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley drove in two runs and ...

Not good enough

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 ...

Francona misses game with lingering illness; cleared by doctors

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 ...

Scrappers win to end homestand

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 ...

Cleveland scores 13 straight to defeat Texas

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 ...

Napoli returns to area, receives AL title jewelry

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

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 ...

Spikes blank Scrappers

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 ...