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Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant. Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back. After Sunday ...

Browns send CB Taylor to Cardinals for 2020 draft pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jamar Taylor's trade to Arizona is official. Cleveland traded another of their starting quarterbacks to the Cardinals on Saturday for a sixth-round draft pick in 2020. The teams agreed to the swap on Friday and had to work out final details ...

Kluber strikes out 10, pitches Indians past Astros 5-4

By JOSHUA KOCH, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Corey Kluber is starting to put together quite a streak. The AL Cy Young Award winner struck out 10, dominating in the early innings and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Houston Astros 5-4 Saturday. The Indians ace made his 22nd ...

Abubakar’s late goal gives Crew 1-0 win over Revolution

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Lalas Abubakar scored in the 85th minute to give the Columbus Crew their third straight victory, 1-0 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night. Abubakar headed home Federico Higuain's corner, overwhelming goalkeeper Matt Turner, who got his hands on the shot, ...

Happ, Cubs rout Reds 10-0 for doubleheader split

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ian Happ is celebrating his own personal homecoming. The former University of Cincinnati star hit his second home run of the doubleheader and Jose Quintana allowed one hit in seven shutdown innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-0 Saturday night for a ...

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland's locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. The Celtics got thumped next. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 ...

AP Source: Browns to be featured on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — If any team knows hard knocks, it's the Cleveland Browns. And so fresh off a historic, dismal 0-16 season, the team has agreed to appear on HBO's popular "Hard Knocks" series, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated ...

Lineup change possible as LeBron, Cavs look to bounce back

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Put Kevin Love's name atop the list of the Cavaliers that walked out of Cleveland's 25-point Eastern Conference finals Game 1 loss to Boston a little staggered, but with an unbowed head. The reason: He's got a teammate by the name of LeBron ...

Goodrum’s 2 homers lift Tigers over Indians 6-3

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The injury-plagued Detroit Tigers battled gamely against another top pitcher. Niko Goodrum homered twice and drove in five runs, and Detroit beat Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Monday night. It was the second straight day ...

McCutchen gets 1,500th hit in Giants’ 10-7 win over Reds

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen saw no reason to dwell on his 1,500th hit because he hopes to add many more. McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach the career milestone and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Cincinnati Reds' six-game ...

Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving was dealt to Boston in a blockbuster offseason deal for Isaiah ...

Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs. Cleveland's starting guard missed practice Saturday and had a good excuse for his absence — he graduated from college. Hill received his diploma from IUPUI ...

Lindor hits 2 HRs, 2 doubles to help Indians beat Royals 6-2

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor put his defensive problems behind him Saturday. Lindor homered twice and doubled twice for his third career four-hit game to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2. Lindor hit solo home runs in the ...

Indians’ Tyler Naquin on disabled list; Olson activated

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have placed outfielder Tyler Naquin on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and activated left-hander Tyler Olson from the paternity list. Naquin pulled up running into second base Friday night after his two-run double in the fourth ...

Schebler’s HR helps Reds beat Dodgers for 5th straight win

BY JILL PAINTER LOPEZ, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Schebler began his career with the Dodgers and loved his time with the franchise. Now in his third season with Cincinnati, he admitted his big homer back in Los Angeles had some extra special meaning. Schebler hit a three-run ...

Hubbard’s career changed in dodgeball, led him to Bengals

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Sam Hubbard was engrossed in a dodgeball game during his high school gym class when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer walked through the door. A lot of heads turned, including his. And his sports career took a very different turn. Hubbard doesn't ...

Wicked good: LeBron undaunted by Boston, Celtics’ mystique

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — There haven't been any championship banners hoisted into Boston's hallowed rafters since 2008. LeBron James won't let go of the rope. Cleveland's star has bounced the Celtics from the playoffs four times in the past seven years, ...

Celtics’ Stevens remains humble as team continues to thrive

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn't allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise's rich history. He was too busy trying to figure out how ...

Miller returns but allows Perez HR as Royals beat Indians

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller returned Friday night, but the tough times for the Cleveland Indians' bullpen aren't over. The reliever, activated from the disabled list before the game, gave up Salvador Perez's two-run homer in the seventh inning and the ...

Harvey debuts for Reds in 6-2 win over Dodgers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut. His next pitch was a 91-mph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April ...