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Freeland, Colorado bullpen blank Bucs

DENVER — Kyle Freeland and the Colorado bullpen combined on a two-hitter to help the Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night in a game that was interrupted 32 minutes by rain. Freeland (10-7) allowed two hits and struck out five over seven stellar innings. Relievers ...

Late rally falls short

NILES — After falling behind 4-1 on a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning, Mahoning Valley rallied to get within one, but ended up with a 4-3 loss to the State College Spikes on Sunday at Eastwood Field In the bottom of the eighth, Jose Fermin hit his first home run of the year for ...

Ramirez, pitching staff star in victory

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season. Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again. Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run — a three-run shot in the ...

Browns trade WR Coleman

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns dropped Corey Coleman. After two disappointing, injury-slowed seasons, Coleman was traded Sunday night to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman has been a bust with the Browns, who selected him with the No. 15 overall pick in 2016 — ...

Ohio State turns to outside firm to investigate

COLUMBUS — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday night. Ohio State said in a release that a ...

Pirates’ bats silenced as Cards move into 3rd place

PITTSBURGH — Matt Carpenter homered in two straight games entering Sunday. By contrast, Jack Flaherty had allowed at least one home run in each of his previous three starts. Carpenter kept his streak going while Flaherty brought his to an end to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-1 victory ...

A sport for Kings

HARTFORD — It’s half-white, half-gray with an orange stripe separating the two triangles at a 45-degree angle across the trailer. The words King Bros. Racing catch your eye. There are two modified race cars stacked inside the towed housing. The tailgate opens as each is slowly maneuvered ...

5-run 7th helps Scrappers avoid sweep at Batavia

BATAVIA, N.Y. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers used a five-run seventh inninga to avoid a sweep Saturday night against the Muckdogs. Mahoning Valley (29-17) maintained the best record in the New York-Penn League with a 7-6 victory. Hosea Nelson blasted his team-best sixth home run of the ...

Kluber back in form with 3-hit shutout

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber appears to be over whatever was making him look ordinary. The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout this season and new arrival Leonys Martin homered again for Cleveland, leading the Indians to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles ...

Gordon at camp in spirit

BEREA — Josh Gordon hasn’t reported to Cleveland Browns training camp, but his presence is being felt on the field. Fellow wide receiver Rashard Higgins is wearing Gordon’s gear under his uniform at each practice. “That’s my locker buddy, and I’m wearing his shirts every day,” ...

Wong, Gyorko key Cardinals’ win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Kolten Wong didn’t miss a beat as he came off the disabled list. In fact, he had one of his best games of the season. The second baseman was activated before the game and had three hits to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Steeler linebacker candidates out to claim spot

LATROBE, Pa. — Tyler Matakevich wants to prove he can handle the job. Jon Bostic just wants to be on the field. Matakevich and Bostic are competing for Pittsburgh’s opening at inside linebacker after the Steelers did not use a draft pick on the position. The winner gets to start alongside ...

Fixing Falls fields

NEWTON FALLS — Hoover Fence Company of Newton Falls hit a home run last month on the ballfield where company president Chad Hoover once played gadget ball. The company, a nationwide supplier of fence and fence-related items, assited the Newton Falls Youth Baseball/Softball League and the ...

Scrappers thumped at Batavia

BATAVIA, N.Y. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost to the Batavia Muckdogs, 8-2, Friday night, the second straight loss for the Scrappers. MV (28-17) still has the best record in the New York-Penn League, but their lead in the pinckney Division was cut to 2 1/2 games over the Auburn ...

Meyer defends actions; admits responses were not forthright

Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright with reporters when questioned about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the time. The assistant Meyer fired, Zach Smith, also ...

Landry stars in scrimmage; Mayfield has pick

BEREA — Baker Mayfield had some typical rookie ups and downs. Tyrod Taylor was his steady self. Mayfield threw his first interception in training camp while Taylor had a pair of touchdown passes to Jarvis Landry, who made a spectacular, one-handed grab on the second one, as the Browns held ...

Miller returns, but Tribe bullpen falters

CLEVELAND — Shohei Ohtani, who sometimes wows opponents with his pitching, put on a display with his bat. Ohtani hit two home runs in a game for the first time in the major leagues, had a career-high four hits and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Friday ...

Archer’s first start shaky, but Pirates win, 7-6

PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer didn’t make it past the fifth inning in his Pittsburgh Pirates’ debut. However, he still got a standing ovation when he was removed from the game. And his team pulled out a win, too. Adam Frazier’s RBI single in the eighth inning helped the Pirates beat the ...

McCaster part of Payton watch

YOUNGSTOWN — Senior tailback Tevin McCaster, from New Castle, Pa., leads the preseason honors awarded to Youngstown State football players by being named to the Walter Payton Award watch list. He is one of 25 FCS offensive standouts named this week by STATS FCS. McCaster (5-10, 195 ...

Dark days at OSU

COLUMBUS — Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a sports ...