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Mr. Everything

BEREA — Jabrill Peppers has instincts on the football field that can’t be taught or coached. He’s a natural. “When he was born, there was probably a football right next to him,” Browns special team’s coordinator Chris Tabor said. “It is just an innate ability for him. He ...

Cavaliers begin season with Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2017-18 campaign on October 17 at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics in a nationally televised game between last year’s Eastern Conference Finals opponents. This marks the eighth time in nine years the Cavs tip off the season at The Q, where ...

Monster of a night

BOSTON — After popping out with the bases loaded in the second inning, Edwin Encarnacion went into the Cleveland clubhouse, threw his bat in anger and broke it. “You know, normal stuff like that,” he said with a smile Monday night after homering his next two times up — a pair of ...

Burrow, Haskins battle for OSU backup QB job

COLUMBUS — The backup quarterback derby at Ohio State continues furiously in preseason camp without definitive word on whether Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins will be No. 2. The starting job is firmly held by J.T. Barrett, of course, but Burrow, Haskins and true freshman Tate Martell have ...

Kluber, Tribe edge Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Corey Kluber appreciated Austin Jackson’s efforts, both with the bat and glove. Jackson led off the eighth inning with a home run, sending Kluber and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Sunday. “He’s been a huge part of this ...

Higashioka, Yanks beat MV

NILES — Kyle Higashioka hit a three-run home run and had three hits, driving in four, as the Staten Island Yankees exploded for a season-high in runs in a 10-7 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Sunday. The Yankees (33-19) swept the three-game series. The Scrappers (29-23) are a ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Mahoning Valley Scrapper Josea Nelson, left, is wearing a Mahoning Valley Packards jersey, as his teammates and coaches did on Saturday, to honor the National Packard Museum — celebrating the Packard car, legacy. Also pictured is Staten Island catcher Jason Lopez and home-plate umpire Matt Baldwin.

Scrappers rev up honors

NILES — On Saturday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers transformed themselves into the Packards. This was to honor of the former car company and manufacturing facility’s proud Warren roots, which includes the Packard Music Hall and the National Packard Museum in downtown ...

Clevinger, Tribe blank Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An 11-day break between starts proved to be just what Mike Clevinger needed. That and a start against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays. Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for the Cleveland Indians and Clevinger struck out nine in seven innings Saturday night in a 3-0 ...

Crowell calm in final year of contract

BEREA — Patience is a virtue that Isaiah Crowell is familiar with, having gone undrafted out of Alabama State three years ago. The powerful running back is relying on it again as he enters his final season under contract with the Browns. “I feel like God controls everything, so I’m ...

Jackson cools Kizer hype

CLEVELAND — DeShone Kizer’s time is coming. It’s just not here yet. Kizer excited Cleveland fans and impressed his teammates with a strong performance in his NFL exhibition debut, but Browns coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to name him his starting quarterback. Unleashing his strong ...

Home away from home

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Once again, Carlos Carrasco made himself totally at home on the Tropicana Field mound. Carrasco took another no-hit try into the late innings at Tampa Bay, losing his bid on a two-out single in the seventh by Logan Morrison but leading the Cleveland Indians over the ...

Saintly victory

CLEVELAND — After a brief, brutal and breathtaking NFL exhibition debut, Myles Garrett was asked what he didn’t do well. “Nothing,” he said. Finally, the beleaguered Browns may have something. Garrett showed flashes of dominance in his first preseason game, and Cleveland rookie ...

Barrett, OSU eyeing playoffs

COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is an oddity in modern college football, an elite player who stuck around for five years, a guy who helped win a national championship but still has something to prove. The 22-year-old Texan is again in the driver’s seat in an Urban Meyer ...

Rays prove too much for Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Corey Dickerson finally delivered a big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays with men on base. Dickerson’s broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with a three-run homer in the eighth inning that carried the Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. Tampa Bay had ...

Scrappers handle Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. — Will Benson drove in two runs to help Mahoning Valley get past Aberdeen Thursday to help the Scrappers to win their 10th series of the season, 5-1. The Scrappers still are half-game behind West Virginia game in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division standings. In the ...

Eager to prove worth

COLUMBUS — Ohio State left guard Michael Jordan paused to think when asked to pick one word to describe the defining characteristic of an offensive lineman. “Nasty,” he said. A chip on the shoulder may help make the Buckeyes linemen play nastier this season. Or at least motivated to ...

Mets’ outfielder Bruce traded, heading to Indians

NEW YORK — A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to acquire outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the trade had not been announced. Bruce is hitting .256 with 29 ...

Blackmon’s 12th-inning homer leads Rockies over Indians, 3-2

CLEVELAND — Charlie Blackmon quickly atoned for his baserunning blunder. After running into a double play, Blackmon hit a 12th-inning home run that lifted the Colorado Rockies over the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Wednesday. With Colorado trailing 2-1, Blackmon singled leading off the eighth ...

Scrappers rally falls short

ABERDEEN, Md. — Mahoning Valley scored five runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but came up short against Aberdeen, 7-6. Oscar Gonzalez hit a three-run double in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to finish the comeback. The Scrappers (28-20) remain a half-game back of West Virginia in ...

Going, going, Gomes

CLEVELAND — For eight innings, nothing. The Indians did everything in the ninth. Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in its last at-bat for Corey Kluber and stunned the ...