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Williams pitches Pirates to win

ST. LOUIS — Trevor Williams didn’t have his prettiest outing, but he’ll take it. Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday ...

Rookie WR seen as AB replacement for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson understands parallels will be drawn between himself and former Steelers star Antonio Brown. The third-round pick, however, is focused on forging his own path. The comparisons and serendipitous circumstances that link the ...

LTBA honors longtime president

LIBERTY — Memories and reminders are everywhere for Mick Marsco and the rest of his family, and they’re not easy to endure. The Marscos lost a father, an uncle, a grandfather and so much more on Sept. 7, 2018, and Liberty Township lost a fixture in the community for the last four decades. ...

Carrasco, Indians dominate White Sox

CLEVELAND — Knowing a heavy rainstorm was on its way, Carlos Carrasco wanted to get through five innings as quickly as possible Thursday. Even if it meant giving his teammates a nudge. Carrasco held Chicago to two hits, Jordan Luplow hit his first two home runs of the season and the ...

Ozuna, Fowler lead Cardinals to rout of Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs and Dexter Fowler had three RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 17-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Paul Goldschmidt reached base four times and had three hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals, who managed just one ...

HR by Ramirez lifts Indians

CLEVELAND — The way things have been going, Jose Ramirez’s deep drive figured to be swallowed by the wind. Once it cleared the wall, the Indians could exhale. Ramirez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win over the Chicago White ...

Blue Jackets expect turmoil in offseason

COLUMBUS — If the Blue Jackets’ two best players leave town as expected, it will ripple through just about every move the team makes this summer. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and winger Artemi Panarin are unrestricted free agents and almost certainly are out the door. Retooling the roster ...

Pence sinks Bucs

PITTSBURGH — In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all. Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Wednesday. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz ...

Francona preaches patience for hitters

CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s positive messages aren’t working. His time-tested tolerance is being tried. The Indians aren’t hitting or scoring or looking anything like a team capable of winning many games in May or June, never mind in October. The outlook isn’t promising, but ...

Kluber confident he can return in 2019

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s broken right arm isn’t all that’s hurting him. Less than one week after absorbing the impact of a 102 mph line drive during a start in Miami, Cleveland’s two-time AL Cy Young Award winner said Tuesday he still is coming to grips with his injury. “You ...

Vazquez closes win for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Felipe Vazquez doesn’t let his failures linger. That wouldn’t help the Pittsburgh Pirates closer be any good at his job. Still, he wanted another shot at Texas slugger Joey Gallo. Getting touched for a 467-foot home run will do that. So when setup man Kyle Crick hit a ...

White Sox blast Cleveland, Bauer

CLEVELAND — Tim Anderson chased Trevor Bauer after the All-Star tweeted a playful message to him earlier in the day, Yo’n Moncada had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox routed Cleveland Indians 9-1 Monday night to stop a three-game losing streak. Bauer (4-2) matched ...

Columbus blanked, eliminated by Bruins

COLUMBUS — Tuukka Rask made 39 saves and recorded his sixth career playoff shutout as the Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Monday night to clinch their second-round series and advance to the Eastern Conference final. Rask was supported by great defensive play in front of the ...

AP source: Cavs to interview Spurs assistant

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers experimented with a successful European coach a few years ago with mixed results. They may try it again. Cleveland has scheduled an interview this week with San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, a person familiar with the Cavs’ coaching search said Monday. ...

Seattle rookie stymies Indians

CLEVELAND — Erik Swanson didn’t run into any trouble until after his first major league win. Seattle’s rookie right-hander was grabbed by teammates, thrown into a laundry cart and pushed into the showers after allowing just one hit in six innings as the Mariners snapped a six-game losing ...

Marte is hero for Bucs with homer

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte can’t pinpoint why. The Pirates center fielder just knows there’s something about batting with the game on the line that brings out an extra sense of confidence. Not even a monthlong slump to start this season is going to shake that. Marte hit a game-ending, ...

Blue Jackets’ backs to wall

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it’s not going to occur on home ice in Game 6. “Things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that — we’ll be back here ...

Traveling partners

Two Trumbull County soccer players will be taking their talents to Europe, representing the United States as a part of the FC Bayern Youth Cup. Gabriel Altawil, a sophomore at Howland, and Anthony Gagliardi, a sophomore at Hubbard, were two of 10 players chosen out of around 40 from across the ...

Santana’s blast is game-winner for Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s return to Cleveland continued to be a big hit Saturday. Santana connected for a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Cleveland rallied past Seattle 5-4 Saturday, the Mariners’ sixth straight loss. Santana tagged Connor Sadzeck (0-1) for his fifth ...

Scottish punter already the stuff of legend

BEREA — Jamie Gillan already has the catchy nickname and ready-for-Hollywood back story. He is no ordinary rookie. With his long hair pulled back into a ponytail and a thick Scottish accent unaffected by his college days in Arkansas, the Cleveland Browns punter looks as if he just walked ...