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Like father, like sons

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HARTFORD — Lou Blaney was a man of few words. Action was more apropos for the dirt-track legend. His sons, Dave and Dale, were enthralled by the sprint cars and modifieds Lou ran on a weekly basis — amassing more than 600 victories. There were no pep talks or sage advice, that wasn’t ...

Back on track

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NILES — Saturday night’s New York-Penn League game between the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and St. Louis Cardinals affiliate State College Spikes had a plethora of offensive moments. The Scrappers (12-10) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over State College at Eastwood ...

Bieber, Lindor, Perez lead win at Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI — In a foreboding tone, manager Terry Francona called Shane Bieber to his hotel room to deliver some important news on Cleveland’s day off. The faked sternness soon yielded to tears of joy — the second-year pitcher was going to be an All-Star. First, he had to go pitch like ...

Indians’ Carrasco reports leukemia diagnosis

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CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated for leukemia, and he says it’s going to make him stronger than he was before. Carrasco hasn’t played for Cleveland since May 30. The 32-year-old right-hander says he got a blood test after a spring-training physical prompted ...

Offense erupts in Pirates’ 12-2 rout of Brewers

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PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman had a big night at the plate for the Pirates. So did Colin Moran. Starling Marte, too. They all helped power Pittsburgh to a 12-2 thumping of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. Newman and Moran each had four hits and three RBIs, and Marte drove in three ...

Spiked again

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ woes against State College continued Friday in a 13-6 loss to the Spikes in a game in which both offenses were alive and well. Things looked bleak for the Scrappers early, with State College scoring nine runs and getting 10 of their 15 hits in the ...

Chief Wahoo absent (sort of) from All-Star Game

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CLEVELAND — An hour before the first pitch of a series opener against Kansas City, a steady flow of fans stream into the Indians’ team shop at Progressive Field to buy new All-Star merchandise and other Cleveland gear — some bearing his unmistakable smiling face. Chief Wahoo still plays ...

Pirates rally; but then Brewers do, too

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PITTSBURGH — A seemingly safe five-run ninth-inning lead gone in a flash, the Milwaukee Brewers were badly in need of a pickup. Facing one of the best closers in the majors, Orlando Arcia provided one. The shortstop’s sharp single off Pittsburgh’s Felipe Vazquez in the top of the 10th ...

Pens reward Sullivan with 4 more years

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan is sticking around to see if he can get the Pittsburgh Penguins back to the Stanley Cup. The club announced Friday that it has signed Sullivan — who guided the Penguins to championships in 2016 and 2017 — to a four-contract extension that runs through the ...

Feeling the Spikes

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NILES — In front of their largest crowd of the season, the Scrappers fell victim to some perfectly placed baseballs — losing to State College, 7-1. The game had a poor start for the Scrappers and didn’t get much better. The Spikes’ placement was just out of the infielders’ reach, ...

Lou Blaney Memorial coming this Saturday

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It’s time to honor a true racing champion, Lou Blaney. On Saturday, Sharon Speedway will hold the Lou Blaney Memorial. Fans and drivers alike will honor a man who raced for five decades, winning over 600 feature events, including 121 Modified wins and 11 in a Sprint car at Sharon alone. The ...

Lindor, Ramirez help Tribe sweep Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Indians manager Terry Francona looked over at bench coach Brad Mills midway through Thursday’s game against the Royals and said, ‘Gosh, they’re letting us just hang around.” It wasn’t long until Cleveland took advantage of it. Francisco Lindor drove in the ...

Cubs roll over Bucs after Maddon’s ejection

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PITTSBURGH — Joe Maddon isn’t against pitching inside. It’s when the ball starts buzzing batter’s heads that the Chicago Cubs manager thinks the increasingly thin line between aggressive and dangerous can get a little too blurry. On Thursday, Maddon thought Pittsburgh starter Jordan ...

Lewis catching on quickly at pro level

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After Craig Lewis was selected in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft, he had a few days to relax before the Baltimore Orioles informed the Howland High School product he would be going to Sarasota, Fla. When he arrived in Florida, he handled some paperwork, took a physical and had a ...

MV twirls another shutout

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mahoning Valley’s Ethan Hankins led the charge in a five-hit shutout for the Scrappers — their second shutout in as many games. Hankins, a 2018 first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, allowed zero runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six. The ...

Clemente 3rd youngest to reach U.S. Amateur

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Howland native Gianna Clemente became the third-youngest female in USGA history to q­ualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Wednesday. Clemente, 11, carded a 1-under 71 at Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, Va. She finished third at the 33-person qualifying ...

Big night for Roberto

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Clevinger was searching for the success he experienced late last season, long before a balky back forced the Indians right-hander into an extended stay on the injured list. He found it by changing — well, he didn’t change much of anything. “I looked at tape, ...

Scrappers jump on Crosscutters in 6-inning game

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mahoning Valley scored in each of the first four innings, including three runs in the first inning, and went on to a rain-shortened 7-0 victory Tuesday over the Williamsport Crosscutters. Michael Cooper delivered a two-run single and Johnathan Rodriguez added an RBI ...

Bauers paces Indians’ attack

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indians’ Jake Bauers made a subtle tweak in his swing a couple of days ago against Baltimore that resulted in a pair of hits, so he was eager after a day off to get back on the field. That little change is suddenly producing big results. Bauers matched a career ...

Rain delay doesn’t stop Pirates in 5-1 win

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn’t need to check the analytics before writing down Adam Frazier’s name in the leadoff spot before Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Watching Frazier tie a major league record by roping four doubles the night before gave ...