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Leadoff hitter Rizzo bashes Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs’ 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn’t much of a stolen base threat and he doesn’t exactly motor down the line. But there’s more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done ...

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New Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Luke Carlin talks to the media Saturday at Eastwood Field. Carlin’s first professional managing assignment is with the Scrappers who begin the season Monday at West Virginia. The team’s home opener is Wednesday.

Opening day approaches

NILES — At first glance, Luke Carlin looks like he might be a Scrapper himself. Clean-shaven, with what some might call a baby face, the 36-year-old hardly looks his age. He acts it though. The first-year manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers is only a rookie when it comes to managing. ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Will Benson was the Cleveland Indians’ first-round draft choice in 2016 and spent the season in the Arizona Rookie League.

Youngster Benson having lots of fun

NILES — Exuberant, upbeat and always having a good time, the Cleveland Indians’ 2016 first-round draft pick, Will Benson, will be bringing his enthusiasm to Eastwood Field this summer. For Benson, having fun playing baseball is important, but he’s still learning how to maximize the ...

Indians sweep Twins to take over 1st place

MINNEAPOLIS — Lonnie Chisenhall hit two home runs for Cleveland in the second game after Jose Ramirez went deep twice in the opener, and the Indians took over first place in the AL Central by sweeping a doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins with 9-3 and 6-2 victories on Saturday. Austin ...

Browns’ top pick Garrett has sprained foot

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns finally caught a break. Top pick Myles Garrett only has a sprained foot. After fearing the rookie defensive end might be out for a significant period, the Browns announced Saturday that Garrett has a lateral sprain in his left foot, but that he’s expected ...

Rivero sharp again for Bucs, this time in victory

PITTSBURGH — The way Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon figures it, the list of relievers with better stuff than Pittsburgh’s Felipe Rivero is short. Really short. There might be five. After spending two nights watching Rivero have his way with Chicago’s lineup, the list might be getting ...

Sprint Cars scheduled at Sharon on Tuesday; first of 4 appearances

HARTFORD — The 410 Sprint Cars will be making the first of four appearances in the 2017 season at Sharon Speedway on Tuesday, when Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions come to town for the 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. The Mini Stocks ...

Closing in on Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — The surprising Minnesota Twins have had at least a share of first place in the AL Central since May 11. However, their lack of starting pitching depth might be starting to show. Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin ...

Cubs rally in ninth to beat Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game. He was more than happy to contribute at the end. Rizzo almost led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid after a replay review, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth ...

Ohio Sprint Speedweek gets started tonight

One of the best and most demanding weeks in the country for Sprint car racing returns to Ohio for the 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Eight nights of racing in nine days kicks off tonight at Attica Speedway. Sharon Speedway will host night five on Tuesday. A large car count, headed by some ...

Browns offer no injury update

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett missed the final practice of Browns’ minicamp. It’s still not known when he’ll be back. The No. 1 overall draft pick was kept off the field Thursday with a left foot injury that is still being examined. The team had been expected to provide an update on ...

Chisenhall’s pinch-homer keys victory

CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall usually senses when Indians manager Terry Francona is going to call on him as a pinch-hitter. That moment came earlier than normal for Chisenhall on Thursday, and he was ready. Chisenhall connected for a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning and had ...

Penguins consider changes in quest for threepeat

PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury knew this day was coming, though the winningest goaltender in Pittsburgh Penguins history did his best to push the idea of his inevitable departure to the back of his mind. No need to become a distraction with a shot at history on the line. It was only in the ...

JFK grad eyes U.S. Open

Erin Hills was built about a decade ago, transforming farmland into a links-style golf course — one that you would find in the United Kingdom. But oh, that fescue. It’s picturesque, with the wind blowing against the knee-length strands whipping around. Not so much for the golfers ...

Garrett hurts foot in practice

BEREA — Myles Garrett limped off the field Wednesday, a scary sight for the Cleveland Browns. The No. 1 overall draft pick sustained an injury to his left foot late in practice while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during a two-minute drill. The severity of the injury is not yet known, ...

Browns QB Kizer making progress

BEREA — His head is swimming with new terms, plays and formations. He’s got endless film to watch, notes to take and there’s a playbook nearly as thick as any finance text he carried around at Notre Dame. But fresh out of college, DeShone Kizer’s treating his job as an NFL quarterback ...

Miller tagged again as Indians lose to Dodgers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller gave up a tiebreaking home run for the second straight night — a solo shot to pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez in the eighth inning — and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Indians 6-4 on Wednesday night. Hernandez, batting for Chase ...

Rookie rocks Tribe

CLEVELAND — Clayton Kershaw extended his unbeaten string and rookie Cody Bellinger hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning off Andrew Miller that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Kershaw (9-2) allowed ...

Resurgent McCutchen, Jaso lead 5-2 victory

PITTSBURGH — The first two months of the season were a mess for Andrew McCutchen and John Jaso, a mish-mash of strikeouts and missed opportunities. A change of scenery appears to have done more than a bit of good for both. The rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates, too. Jaso drilled a pinch-hit ...

Breakthrough win for Blaney a vintage victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. NASCAR’s newest winner arrived home in North Carolina to coolers filled by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with ice cold beer. He partied until 4 a.m. and finally went to sleep after Dale, Ricky, Danica, Bubba and all the rest went home. Back up at 9 Monday morning, Ryan Blaney ...