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MV drops 3rd straight

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STATEN ISLAND, New York — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers had more errors than hits and dropped their third straight as the Staten Island Yankees finished off a sweep with a 5-2 victory Friday in New York. The Scrappers (16-10), who were swept for the first time this season, committed five ...

Getting it done

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CLEVELAND — Following another strong start from Shane Bieber, Indians closer Cody Allen managed to hit the brakes just in time during yet another tense ninth inning. Allen overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s leadoff homer in the ninth and retired pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius with the tying run on ...

Kluber gets injection in right knee

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s stellar first half ended with a sudden stop. Cleveland’s ace received an injection in his right knee that will force him to miss the All-Star Game. But more importantly, the Indians are hoping it will allow the right-hander to continue leading their rotation ...

Bell leads Pirates’ 7-3 win

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PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has had a tough third season at the plate, with an overall drop in production and especially in extra-base hits. Bell might have turned the corner in that department on Friday, with two doubles and a triple as part of his four-hit night that helped Pittsburgh to a 7-3 ...

Canfield’s Stein says yes to Buckeyes

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Tyler Stein’s response said it all. The Canfield wrestler received a text message one day after school. It was this past February, so Stein was nearing the end of his junior season and had yet to capture his eventual state title at 220 pounds. That didn’t stop a certain prominent school ...

Family man

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Repetition. Swing coach Drew Steckel provided the needed tweaks. Jason Kokrak made the adjustments on the driving range. Trust the process. Kokrak, a Warren native, did just that. The result was a tie for third at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier — nestled near the West ...

Scrappers drop 2nd in row at Staten Island

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Eric Wagaman’s one-out line drive to center field scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Staten Island past Mahoning Valley Thursday, 4-2. With Wagaman batting, Scrappers reliever Jordan Scheftz threw a wild pitch as Andres Chaparro scored ...

Yanks get to Kluber in 8th

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CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona trusted Corey Kluber to keep the Yankees from scoring. At this point, he has no better option. Kluber gave up a go-ahead double to Aaron Hicks with one out in the eighth inning as New York scored late against Cleveland’s ace and downed the ...

Two Scrappers start careers quickly

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NILES — Draft day came early for Luis Oviedo and Tyler Freeman, two budding stars with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and now fans are starting to see why. When Oviedo was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, he had just become of legal age to drive in the United States. When Freeman was ...

Formula differs for promoting prospects

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It’s one of the many mysteries of minor league baseball — up there with who comes up with all the quirky promotions. Some managers don’t even like to talk about it, as if it’s a secret code or some type of classified information that, if unveiled, will result in a catastrophic ...

Mahoning Valley beaten on the road

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Junior Soto was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead Staten Island over Mahoning Valley, 5-1, Wednesday in their New York-Penn League game. Soto launched a one-out solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, and came back with a ...

Jose, Jose, Jose …

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CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez is skipping the Home Run Derby. He’s not missing much else right now. Ramirez homered twice to match Albert Belle’s club record for home runs before the All-Star break and the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a 19-4 ...

Miller makes mound progress

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CLEVELAND — Indians reliever Andrew Miller threw off the mound Wednesday at Progressive Field, a major stride in his recovery from knee inflammation. “Really well,” manager Terry Francona said describing Miller’s workout, which was closely observed by pitching coach Carl Willis. “I ...

Scrapper Nelson works at making career of baseball

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NILES — Hosea Nelson is asked the question endlessly. He grew up on the west side of Detroit, near 6 Mile Road. Yes, nearby the famed 8 Mile. Does he know Eminem? The recurring question can be exhausting as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers outfielder tries to have fun with those persistently ...

Striders send 4 to Nationals

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Four members of the Warren Striders track & field club have qualified to the USATV National Junior Olympics Championships scheduled July 23-29 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. The four — Austin Blackwell, Jonna Moore, Nae’Jon Moore and Sarah Schneider — ...

Closer collapse

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CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona expected to see Oliver Perez run out of the bullpen. Pitching coach Carl Willis made the call for Dan Otero instead. The mixup was a miserable one for the AL Central leaders. Joey Votto hit a go-ahead, three-run double off Otero in the ninth ...

Hellickson stops Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — In his first two starts after coming off the disabled list in late June, Washington Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed 12 runs over 8 2/3 innings. He reversed that trend in a big way Tuesday night, tossing five innings of two-hit ball in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Scrappers stay hot

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NILES — Richie Palacios legged out a soft grounder to Williamsport shortstop Jonathan Guzman. The Mahoning Valley second baseman was too quick for Guzman to recover and throw to first base. Ric Flair’s trademark “woooo” pops over the speakers at Eastwood Field. Mitch Reeves follows ...

DeSclafani, Reds shut down Indians

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CLEVELAND — Anthony DeSclafani gave the Cincinnati Reds seven strong innings Monday night. Raisel Iglesias made sure they hung on in a tense ninth for a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. DeSclafani (4-1) allowed one run and Scott Schebler was 4 for 5 with a homer for Cincinnati, which ...

Blaney’s elders sure of success for youngster

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HARTFORD — Dave Blaney remembers the day, even though it seems like a blur. His son, Ryan, was hired by Team Penske, and vaulted himself into one of the young stars in NASCAR. Dave knows the struggles. He raced in the elite circuit for more than a decade, coming off a very successful ...