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Bullpen battered

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NILES — Despite good starting pitching, Williamsport got to the Mahoning Valley bullpen in an 8-4 loss for the Scrappers Sunday in New York-Penn League action at Eastwood Field. After a shutdown first inning by Mahoning Valley (15-7) starting pitcher Luis Oviedo, the Scrappers struck ...

Dave Blaney is first to claim Blaney Memorial sprints twice

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Dave Blaney, oldest son of Lou Blaney, became the only two-time winner of the race named in honor of his late father. Besting a field of 41 cars in the Lou Blaney Memorial Sprint Car race on Saturday, Dave took the lead on the first lap from his outside front row starting spot. Setting a ...

Indians blanked by A’s

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CLEVELAND — Brett Anderson’s first start in two months wasn’t pristine. But it was productive and another positive for the ascending Athletics. Anderson came off the disabled list and worked into the sixth inning before turning things over to Oakland’s outstanding bullpen as the A’s ...

Kingham leads Pirates’ victory

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PITTSBURGH — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support. Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia ...

Area race community gathers again for Lou

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HARTFORD — Dale Blaney looked around Sharon Speedway Saturday, the day of the Lou Blaney Memorial. He talked to some people in the pit area and prepared for another race around the 3/8-mile dirt oval track as the fans watched from the stands on the west end of the property. He can’t help ...

Walkoff winner

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NILES — There was a Star Wars theme at Eastwood Field on Saturday night, with players wearing jerseys that illustrated the longtime movie series. And the force was, indeed, with the Scrappers. Mahoning Valley continued its wild start to the season, rallying from three runs down with two ...

A’s show comeback ability against Tribe’s Ramirez

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CLEVELAND — Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis gave the Athletics an opportunity for another come-from-behind win. Stephen Piscotty completed the job. Piscotty belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the 11th inning as Oakland rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday ...

Phils’ win over Pirates is 19th by one run

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PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Phillies won another one-run game to extend their winning streak to six games. Nick Williams, Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro drove in runs on consecutive at-bats in the seventh inning to help Philadelphia win 3-2 on Saturday. With two outs in the seventh, ...

Royalty’s next move

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NILES — It was a different world for Alex Royalty, but his world has been changing a lot lately. The 21-year-old right-hander, an eighth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2018 MLB Draft, made his professional debut Thursday night, when the Scrappers’ game was suspended ...

Kokrak 2 back of leaders

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — It was a memorable performance for a John F. Kennedy High School graduate. Warren native Jason Kokrak is taking Friday’s performance into the final two rounds of the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier two shots off leader Kelly Kraft. Kokrak is 11-under ...

Carrasco wins in return with Indians

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CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco glanced briefly at his right elbow, which no longer shows any signs of bruising. He’s healthy and the Cleveland Indians seem to be getting better and better. Carrasco returned from the disabled list — and returned to the win column — as Jose Ramirez and ...

Herrera, Knapp homer as Phillies rout Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH — Odubel Herrera and Andrew Knapp hit three-run homers, rookie Scott Kingery had a career-high four hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-5 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Herrera’s shot into the right-field stands in the third ...

Tribe’s Miller out until after All-Star break

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CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller won’t help the Indians until after the All-Star break. The excellent late-inning reliever, who pushed Cleveland through the postseason in 2016, has made progress with his right knee injury but will not be activated until later this month. Miller has been ...

Mother Nature wins

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NILES — So close, yet so far away. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers held a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning Thursday night. Mahoning Valley reliever Adam Scott, who had replaced started Alex Royalty in the top of the fourth, threw two pitches in the fifth. Fans started to ...

Lou Blaney Memorial Saturday at Sharon

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HARTFORD — A Lou Blaney Shirt Out contest will be a feature of the 10th annual Lou Blaney Memorial day Saturday at Sharon Speedway. For the fourth straight year the Memorial race itself will be under the auspices of Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. Also ...

Nothing in the tank

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NILES — In a tough game for fielding on Independence Day, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were bit by the Batavia Muckdogs in a 4-3 loss in New York-Penn League action. The Scrappers (13-5) struck first. After a leadoff triple by Gabriel Mejia, Jose Fermin knocked him in to give Mahoning ...

Bauer, Perez lift Indians

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Trevor Bauer made plenty of quality pitches, but it was Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez who made the best throw of the night. Bauer pitched effectively into the eighth inning as the Indians beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday for a three-game ...

Cavs, Sexton agree to deal

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CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton badly wanted to play with LeBron James. His first season will be much different than he hoped. Sexton signed his rookie contract on Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are taking their first steps since James announced he’s leaving to sign a four-year, ...

Superfight won’t uproot Cleveland hero

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LAS VEGAS — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses. Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning heavyweight champ in UFC history has embraced the ...

Decision is a memorable one

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COLUMBUS — The decision. Nothing to do with LeBron James leaving Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers. An 11-year-old girl pondering an all-day trip to Columbus with her father. She saw the forecast for Sunday, mid-90s. All she thought about was the heat as she ate lunch with her ...