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Garrett, Reds dominate Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Reds rookie Amir Garrett threw another gem, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and leading Cincinnati over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep. Garrett (2-0), the former St. John’s basketball player, blanked the Pirates until David Freese ...

Phantoms’ playoff run starts Friday

Despite missing the postseason a year ago, and despite having a brand new head coach to boot, the Youngstown Phantoms are back in the USHL playoffs. The Phantoms, whose last postseason appearence came in 2015, are making their fourth postseason trip since joining the USHL in 2009. In recent ...

Brantley’s back

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley pumped his fist, danced around second base and waited for the traditional soaking. The water was as sweet as any champagne. Brantley, forced to the outside during Cleveland’s magical ride in 2016 because of injuries, doubled home Francisco Lindor with two ...

Pittsburgh has advantages vs. Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH — Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won’t matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups ...

Gennett’s 3 hits, 3-run HR power Reds over Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Scooter Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome the early departure of injured starter Rookie Davis to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Tuesday for their sixth win in seven games. Gennett capped the scoring ...

Eastern Gateway a year from playing

Eastern Gateway Community College will begin playing baseball in the spring of 2018, and the Gators will be led by former Major Leaguer Jason Stanford as the school’s first head coach. Thus far, Stanford is already making an impact, as the Gators have 14 players committed to ...

Tribe finally gets back to home park

CLEVELAND — Months have passed since the Indians’ last home game, an epic, once-in-a-generation Game 7 that will be forever remembered as the night the Chicago Cubs finally ended a championship drought spanning 108 years. The World Series memories aren’t as wonderful here. “It still ...

Pittsburgh youngster can’t find strike zone

PITTSBURGH — The showdown between a pair of promising 23-year-olds with electric, if erratic, stuff never materialized. Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow couldn’t find the strike zone on Monday night. Neither, really, could Cincinnati’s Brandon Finnegan. Instead, Michael Lorenzen — not too ...

Desperate Heat edge short-handed Cavs in OT

MIAMI — For the Miami Heat, the season is going down to the final night. They need a win. They need some help. But they still have a chance. Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game’s final four from the foul line in overtime, and the Heat kept their postseason hopes alive ...

Howland grad Price consistent at Cal

One of the keys to success in softball is consistency, and former Howland standout Emily Price has shown plenty of it in her playing career. In fact, Price, a junior shortstop for the California (Pa.) Vulcans softball team, was named to the preseason Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches ...

Another bad loss against Atlanta

ATLANTA — Another day, another shocking loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Even so, LeBron James isn’t too concerned about the Cleveland Cavaliers with the playoffs about to start. “Obviously, the last 10 games we’ve been 5-5,” he said. “We had some good moments and we had some ...

Sweep of Indians keeps Arizona on early roll

PHOENIX — A year ago, it took the Arizona Diamondbacks 22 tries, until May 16, to win six home games. This year they did it in the first week of the season. Patrick Corbin threw six scoreless innings, Chris Owings homered and had three hits and the Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep ...

Marte’s walkoff homer in 10th lifts Pirates, 6-5

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte’s talent is without question. So is his often erratic attention to detail. In a few hours Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder put the full spectrum on display. Marte was picked off twice in the span of three innings as the Pirates tried to mount a ...

Arizona drills Indians, 11-2

PHOENIX — David Peralta hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind again before pulling away late, beating the Cleveland Indians 11-2 on Saturday night. Peralta’s second home run of the season pinged off the right field foul pole with one ...

Pirates even record with win over Braves

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco had no trouble with R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, getting three of his four hits and driving in a run off the starter to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Saturday night. Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer also got an RBI each for the ...

Ben says he’s back for 2017

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t quite ready to head off into retirement. Roethlisberger announced on Twitter Friday that he’s told the Steelers he plans to be under center in 2017. “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season,” ...

Buccos edge Braves in home opener

PITTSBURGH — The images were jarring. Snow flurries swirling at PNC Park and Andrew McCutchen jogging out to right field instead of center in Pittsburgh for the first time following an offseason position switch. Yeah, things got a little weird for the Pirates on Friday. Not that McCutchen ...

Indians suffer first loss, 7-3, to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two during a five-run fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from three down to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Friday night. The Diamondbacks have come from behind in each of their four victories this season, three of those comebacks from ...

Cavaliers suffer yet another puzzling loss

CLEVELAND — As the jaw-dropping loss began to sink in, LeBron James sat on the floor away from his teammates, alone in his thoughts. The playoffs are just days away, and the NBA champions are lost again. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta ...