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Waiting for LeBron

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INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers selected a point guard and pitch man. Moments after the team selected Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, the Alabama playmaker made his appeal for LeBron James to resign with Cleveland. “Man, LeBron, let’s do it,” Sexton ...

D-backs drub Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — The Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t waste any time breaking this game open. Ketel Marte and Alex Avila each hit two-run homers and the Diamondbacks scored eight runs in the first three innings to power their way to a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday ...

MV finally loses

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Well, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers will not finish the season a perfect 73-0. The Scrappers suffered their first loss of the year, dropping a 4-1 decision to State College on Wednesday. MV (5-1) struggled at the plate, registering six hits and scoring just one run in ...

Zallows leaving a legacy

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YOUNGSTOWN — Carl Zallow remembers the day. A 4.1-mile per hour wind sailed behind the speedsters rushing down the 100 meters at the Austintown Fitch High School track. A couple of state champions and an Ohio State wide receiver among the eight soaring down the all-weather surface. The ...

Kluber, Tribe keep rolling

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. So what else is new for the reigning AL Cy Young winner? Kluber allowed one hit over seven dominant innings and retired his final 14 batters Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians routed ...

Seven-run 7th leaves MV 5-0

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Two-run doubles by Tre Gantt and Tyler Freeman in a seven-run seventh inning sparked a 7-4 Mahoning Valley victory Tuesday night over State College, the Scrappers’ fifth straight win to open the season. Mahoning Valley (5-0) matched the 2009 team for the best start in ...

James again leaves Cavs guessing

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James won’t be picking any players during Thursday’s NBA draft. At least not directly. With the trajectory of their franchise riding on where he decides to play next season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers will enter this year’s draft not knowing if they’re ...

Clev in command

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CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger has become a vital member of the Cleveland Indians’ rotation. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night. Clevin-ger (6-2) beat Chicago for the third time this season and was in ...

Brewer rookie stops Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — The nerves weren’t quite so bad this time. The jitters, a touch less. The stuff? Well, that didn’t change a bit for Milwaukee rookie pitcher Freddy Peralta. The 22-year-old handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates over six shutout innings and the Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory on ...

One last look back

High School Sports

CANFIELD — Each year when the Jack Arvin Football All-Star Classic rolls around, it becomes time to reflect on all the talent our area has to offer. For the Girard Indians, they had more talent than anyone thought when the 2017 football season started. It didn’t seem that Girard would ...

Pitching helps Scrappers stay perfect, beat Spikes

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers didn’t give up a run until the ninth inning and remained undefeated on the young season with a 4-1 victory over the State College Spikes. Adoni Kery tossed 4 2/3 innings of one-hit baseball, striking out four and walking two. Reliever ...

Bauer brings it all in Tribe win

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CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer turned from pitcher to politician to prize fighter. If the weather was going to finish him, Bauer was going down swinging. Bauer pitched seven scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his night, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 ...

Early sweep

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NILES — The temperature wasn’t the only thing that was hot Sunday afternoon at Eastwood Field. The offenses of both the West Virginia Black Bears and Mahoning Valley Scrappers were on fire. In the third game of a three-game series in the New York-Penn League, Mitch Reeves’ walk off RBI ...

Rookie Bieber successful in emergency

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CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber was relaxing in the clubhouse at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when he received an important message. The rookie right-hander was needed in the big leagues. Bieber capped a whirlwind few hours by pitching one-run ball into the sixth inning for his first major ...

Carrasco injury hurts rotation

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CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will undergo additional tests on his bruised right elbow after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. Carrasco was struck by Joe Mauer’s line drive in the second inning of Saturday’s 9-3 loss to Minnesota. The injury is a big blow ...

Hamilton leads Reds over Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Billy Hamilton is well aware of his struggles at the plate. The Cincinnati Reds centerfielder has tried to stay positive even as his average and his spot in the batting order dropped at an alarming rate, trying to focus on being a more complete player until his swing ...

Bubon brothers give rivalry a new edge

High School Sports

WARREN — Gabe Bubon drove westward on Interstate-70 every year. Dan Bubon made his pilgrimage south on I-71. Destination, Columbus. Gabe recruited players for Point Park University men’s basketball team. Dan connected with other high school coaches in attendance. They met at the ...

Proving himself

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NILES — A challenge is nothing new for Mitch Reeves, who bounced around to three different colleges before becoming a 32nd-round draft pick, but his most recent battle is with himself. Reeves, a first baseman for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, has faced long odds since he left high school. ...

Carrasco ineffective, then injured in loss

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona thought the worst when Carlos Carrasco was struck on the right arm by a line drive. “From where I was standing I thought it might have hit him in the face so there was a little bit of a sense of relief, but it caught him right kind of ...

Pirates beat Reds, 6-2; 3rd win in row

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists he hasn’t been keeping close tabs of his team’s slide following a hot start. He wasn’t aware the Pirates had dropped eight straight series until someone mentioned it to him earlier in the week. “If somebody would have told ...