Local Sports

Scrappers drop 2nd in row at Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Eric Wagaman’s one-out line drive to center field scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Staten Island past Mahoning Valley Thursday, 4-2. With Wagaman batting, Scrappers reliever Jordan Scheftz threw a wild pitch as Andres Chaparro scored ...

Yanks get to Kluber in 8th

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona trusted Corey Kluber to keep the Yankees from scoring. At this point, he has no better option. Kluber gave up a go-ahead double to Aaron Hicks with one out in the eighth inning as New York scored late against Cleveland’s ace and downed the ...

Two Scrappers start careers quickly

NILES — Draft day came early for Luis Oviedo and Tyler Freeman, two budding stars with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and now fans are starting to see why. When Oviedo was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, he had just become of legal age to drive in the United States. When Freeman was ...

Mahoning Valley beaten on the road

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Junior Soto was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead Staten Island over Mahoning Valley, 5-1, Wednesday in their New York-Penn League game. Soto launched a one-out solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, and came back with a ...

Jose, Jose, Jose …

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez is skipping the Home Run Derby. He’s not missing much else right now. Ramirez homered twice to match Albert Belle’s club record for home runs before the All-Star break and the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a 19-4 ...

Miller makes mound progress

CLEVELAND — Indians reliever Andrew Miller threw off the mound Wednesday at Progressive Field, a major stride in his recovery from knee inflammation. “Really well,” manager Terry Francona said describing Miller’s workout, which was closely observed by pitching coach Carl Willis. “I ...

Scrapper Nelson works at making career of baseball

NILES — Hosea Nelson is asked the question endlessly. He grew up on the west side of Detroit, near 6 Mile Road. Yes, nearby the famed 8 Mile. Does he know Eminem? The recurring question can be exhausting as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers outfielder tries to have fun with those persistently ...

Striders send 4 to Nationals

Four members of the Warren Striders track & field club have qualified to the USATV National Junior Olympics Championships scheduled July 23-29 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. The four — Austin Blackwell, Jonna Moore, Nae’Jon Moore and Sarah Schneider — ...

Closer collapse

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona expected to see Oliver Perez run out of the bullpen. Pitching coach Carl Willis made the call for Dan Otero instead. The mixup was a miserable one for the AL Central leaders. Joey Votto hit a go-ahead, three-run double off Otero in the ninth ...

Hellickson stops Pirates

PITTSBURGH — In his first two starts after coming off the disabled list in late June, Washington Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed 12 runs over 8 2/3 innings. He reversed that trend in a big way Tuesday night, tossing five innings of two-hit ball in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Scrappers stay hot

NILES — Richie Palacios legged out a soft grounder to Williamsport shortstop Jonathan Guzman. The Mahoning Valley second baseman was too quick for Guzman to recover and throw to first base. Ric Flair’s trademark “woooo” pops over the speakers at Eastwood Field. Mitch Reeves follows ...

DeSclafani, Reds shut down Indians

CLEVELAND — Anthony DeSclafani gave the Cincinnati Reds seven strong innings Monday night. Raisel Iglesias made sure they hung on in a tense ninth for a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. DeSclafani (4-1) allowed one run and Scott Schebler was 4 for 5 with a homer for Cincinnati, which ...

Blaney’s elders sure of success for youngster

HARTFORD — Dave Blaney remembers the day, even though it seems like a blur. His son, Ryan, was hired by Team Penske, and vaulted himself into one of the young stars in NASCAR. Dave knows the struggles. He raced in the elite circuit for more than a decade, coming off a very successful ...

Bullpen battered

NILES — Despite good starting pitching, Williamsport got to the Mahoning Valley bullpen in an 8-4 loss for the Scrappers Sunday in New York-Penn League action at Eastwood Field. After a shutdown first inning by Mahoning Valley (15-7) starting pitcher Luis Oviedo, the Scrappers struck ...

Dave Blaney is first to claim Blaney Memorial sprints twice

Dave Blaney, oldest son of Lou Blaney, became the only two-time winner of the race named in honor of his late father. Besting a field of 41 cars in the Lou Blaney Memorial Sprint Car race on Saturday, Dave took the lead on the first lap from his outside front row starting spot. Setting a ...

Indians blanked by A’s

CLEVELAND — Brett Anderson’s first start in two months wasn’t pristine. But it was productive and another positive for the ascending Athletics. Anderson came off the disabled list and worked into the sixth inning before turning things over to Oakland’s outstanding bullpen as the A’s ...

Kingham leads Pirates’ victory

PITTSBURGH — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support. Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia ...

Area race community gathers again for Lou

HARTFORD — Dale Blaney looked around Sharon Speedway Saturday, the day of the Lou Blaney Memorial. He talked to some people in the pit area and prepared for another race around the 3/8-mile dirt oval track as the fans watched from the stands on the west end of the property. He can’t help ...

Walkoff winner

NILES — There was a Star Wars theme at Eastwood Field on Saturday night, with players wearing jerseys that illustrated the longtime movie series. And the force was, indeed, with the Scrappers. Mahoning Valley continued its wild start to the season, rallying from three runs down with two ...

A’s show comeback ability against Tribe’s Ramirez

CLEVELAND — Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis gave the Athletics an opportunity for another come-from-behind win. Stephen Piscotty completed the job. Piscotty belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the 11th inning as Oakland rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday ...