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Pirates win 11th straight, crush Tribe

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CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a simple philosophy when it comes to hot streaks. “I have a saying that I use all the time,” he said. “I’m not superstitious but just in case, there’s some things I’ll continue to do.” Whether it’s superstition — or ...

Fun-loving crew helps Weller succeed on track

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HARTFORD — There’s a couple of guys hovering around the back of Jimmy Weller Jr.’s white trailer. A couple of jokes. Plenty of smiles. Just another day at Sharon Speedway for Weller and his crew, one the Liberty native wouldn’t trade for anything. “I’m trying to find new ...

Bucs blast Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struggled in his return while the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hot streak showed no signs of letting up. Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run triple off Kluber, and the Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 in a six-inning, rain-shortened ...

Ohio State WR coach dismissed

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State has fired receivers coach Zach Smith, who was charged last week with misdemeanor criminal trespass after a dispute with his ex-wife. Coach Urban Meyer announced Smith’s dismissal in a two-sentence statement on Monday. The move came after multiple media outlets ...

Haley among intriguing new OCs

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Head coaching changes get the most attention, and new guys normally decide who their coordinators will be. For 2018, most offensive coordinator alterations came from incumbent coaches. Some former coordinators moved up: Matt Nagy from Kansas City to Chicago, Pat Shurmur from Minnesota to ...

Benvenuto, Peyton

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Peyton Aldridge might be purchasing Rosetta Stone to speak Italian in the near future. The LaBrae High School graduate was so enamored by last summer’s trip to Italy before his senior year with the Davidson Wildcats that he decided to revisit the country for a longer stay. All he knew ...

Opposites attract: Clarks mix in auto racing, golf

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HARTFORD — Bob Clark stood behind his son’s trailer, waiting. Mike Clark arrived, took a bit longer to get to his stock car, but for good reason. His son, Anthony, was finishing an 18-hole tournament where he took second. “I get a bigger kick out of that than me winning,” said ...

Texas blanks Indians

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor thrived in oppressive conditions. Odor drove in three runs, Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers withstood the heat on a 108-degree afternoon to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Sunday, stopping a four-game losing streak. The game time ...

Scrappers surge, sweep Muckdogs

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — Mahoning Valley scored 13 runs in the final three innings to hammer Batavia Sunday, 16-8. The win completed a sweep for the Scrappers (22-12), who have one of the best records in the New York-Penn League. Mahoning Valley is four games up on Auburn in the Pinckney Division ...

Dickerson, Pirates sweep Reds, win ninth straight

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Corey Dickerson and the Pittsburgh Pirates are so hot even Ivan Nova is contributing at the plate. Dickerson homered for the fourth time in three days, and the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Sunday for their ninth straight victory. Dickerson and Starling Marte ...

Poised for pressure

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The pressure is on Jimmy Standohar this summer. The former Girard Indian standout just spent the last four years adapting to another level of baseball at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He went through a learning curve and transformed his body as he endured through two tough ...

Winning a race with father time

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CHAMPION — Shawn Jackson sat at his desk and pondered his existence. He was 35 years old selling computers in Solon and realized his 40th birthday fell on April 20, 2015. The day of the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Jackson qualified in 2014. As a teenager, Jackson ran the one- ...

Scrappers win again

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — Starting pitcher Cameron Mingo came out and did his job in the first four innings to lift Mahoning Valley to a 7-3 victory over Batavia in Saturday’s New York-Penn League game. Dakody Clemmer earned his third save as he pitched the better part of the eighth and ninth ...

Alonso homers twice as Indians clobber Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon’s third attempt at making major league history ended unsuccessfully again when his pitchers’ duel with Carlos Carrasco became one-sided in the fifth inning. Yonder Alonso homered twice, Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians ...

Magical year continues as Scrappers rally

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — With two runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers defeated the Batavia Muckdogs, 5-4, in New York-Penn League play. For what seems like the first time all year, Scrappers (20-12) starting pitcher Luis Oviedo seemed vulnerable. After Christopher ...

Former Penguin inching toward NBA

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YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry walks into the room, somewhere in Youngstown. Some friends haven’t seen him since 2014. The clean-cut, 6-foot-1 point guard enters. His hair is not as short as it once was. The Ocoee, Fla., native quickly brushes a dreadlock or two aside. It’s him, the ...

What a relief

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night, when the AL Central-leading Indians debuted their two new relievers. Jose Ramirez, who earlier in the game hit his major league-leading 30th ...

Indians get a Hand as new relievers join team

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ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star closer Brad Hand kept hearing his name discussed among potential trades last year, when the lefty ended up staying with the San Diego Padres and got a new contract during the offseason. This time, Hand has switched teams and could have a bit of a different role ...

Bullpen help for Indians

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SAN DIEGO — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The Indians need Hand, a lefty, ...