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Moran’s slam lifts Pirates over Padres

SAN DIEGO — Colin Moran hit his second grand slam of the season and Corey Dickerson and Elias Diaz also homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who held off the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Sunday to take two of three games. Moran connected in the fifth to put the Pirates ahead 6-3. With two outs, ...

Minor league stories

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A college-aged girl and four of her friends, who at first glance seemed like those mean types — don’t talk to me and so on — hovered around a rectangular table where a propped white board showed two prizes remaining. A year-long membership at the Lynchburg YMCA. The ...

Mahoning Valley posts fifth straight series victory

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers captured a three-game series over the West Virginia Black Bears with an 8-4 victory on Saturday. It is the fifth straight series win for Mahoning Valley since the start of the New York-Penn League. The Scrappers (11-3) scored five runs in ...

Struggling Indians’ offense stopped again

OAKLAND, Calif. — Edwin Jackson is making the most of his opportunity with yet another new team. The 34-year-old journeyman earned his first win with Oakland, pitching neatly into the seventh inning as the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Saturday for their season-high sixth ...

Where is best fit for James?

CLEVELAND — LeBron James flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean. He could be there longer than usual. Hours before NBA free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize, James returned Saturday to Southern California, where he has two homes ...

Pirates’ 9th-inning rally falls short

SAN DIEGO — Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and rookie Joey Lucchesi threw five scoreless innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The Padres had to hold on after closer Brad Hand allowed two runs in the ...

Aldridges trusting the process

When Peyton Aldridge was a high school player at LaBrae, just a few years ago in 2014, he used to wake up around 5 a.m., every morning. The premier player in the Mahoning Valley — and one of Ohio’s best — wasn’t satisfied with his game, so he went to the school early and spent an hour ...

Scrappers’ bats go quiet in rare loss to WV

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost for just the third time this season, falling 6-2 to West Virginia. Mahoning Valley’s Richie Palacios accounted for three of the Scrappers’ seven hits, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He was all the offense they could muster ...

All is not lost

CLEVELAND — LeBron James made the first move. Now what? Cleveland? Los Angeles? Philadelphia? A surprise? Stay tuned. Decision III is this summer’s blockbuster, and it’s coming soon. James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season ...

Blackburn quiets Tribe, spoils Bauer’s outing

OAKLAND, Calif. — Paul Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics won their fifth straight game, beating the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis drove in runs against Trevor Bauer (7-6) as the A’s followed up a ...

Aldridge heads west

Peyton Aldridge was honest with himself, maybe more so than others. The recent Davidson College graduate had a spectacular career with the Wildcats, earning Atlantic-10 Player of the Year honors and leading Davidson back to the NCAA Tournament as a senior. It wasn’t enough to get him ...

Oviedo sets new mark in MV’s win

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Luis Oviedo struck out 12 West Virginia Black Bears on Thursday to set a new Mahoning Valley Scrappers single-game record in a 5-2 win. The Scrappers scored three of their five runs in the top of the third inning. Tyler Freeman and Elvis Perez each had RBI singles, ...

Striders send 11 to USATV Region 5 meet

Eleven members of the Warren Striders Track Club have qualified for the USATV Region 5 Junior Olympic Championships to be held July 5-8 at Olivet (Mich.) University. The top five finishers in each event at the regional will advance to the USATV National Junior Olympics Championships scheduled ...

Indians avoid sweep, beat Cards

ST. LOUIS — Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, rookie Shane Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday night. Bieber (3-0) struck out seven to become the seventh pitcher in baseball’s modern era ...

LeBron’s loyalty could swing him to Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James sprung to his feet and screamed along with thousands of delirious Cleveland fans. When Indians outfielder Rajai Davis connected off Chicago Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman for a tying home run in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, James came unglued ...

James can dictate free agency

MIAMI — The rumor mill is in overdrive, with nuggets such as these: LeBron James has looked at schools in Los Angeles, he’s not particularly fond of Houston and he’s hugging restaurant diners in Miami. Ah, free agency is back. It technically starts Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EDT in the ...

Cavs to make qualifying offer to Rodney Hood

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have some clarity with one of their free agent forwards. No, not that one. While waiting to see if they’re in LeBron James’ plans, the Cavaliers intend to extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to Rodney Hood, making him a restricted free agent and protecting ...

Grade A in chemistry

NILES — Building team chemistry almost seems silly at the minor league levels. For starters, by the time a player learns something about a teammate, he’ll probably be promoted (or demoted) to another level of the organization. Then there’s the fact that winning really doesn’t mean ...

Kluber, Cleveland drilled by Cardinals, 11-2

ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter homered twice, matched a career best with five hits and helped chase Corey Kluber in the shortest start of the right-hander’s career in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 11-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Carpenter scored a career-best five runs ...

Mets end slump by beating Pirates

NEW YORK — Wilmer Flores singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Mets stopped their seven-game losing streak Tuesday night, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 hours after general manager Sandy Alderson stepped down because his cancer has returned. In a game that ...