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Throwing at Eastwood

NILES — Relief pitcher Dan Otero has had a lucky string of health in his eight years pitching in the majors with that San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians. Otero, who is in his fourth season with Cleveland, came across a new experience last night at Eastwood Field, ...

Cooper’s walk-off lifts Scrappers, 6-5

NILES — While Indians reliever Dan Otero made a rehab appearance with the team, it was Michael Cooper’s walk-off single Monday that was the highlight play in the Scrappers’ 6-5 victory over Hudson Valley. “It was a great opportunity for the guys to battle the whole game and just play ...

Mercado HRs twice as Indians edge Tigers

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians wanted to bounce back from a disappointing series against the Minnesota Twins. Oscar Mercado made certain they did. Cleveland’s rookie outfielder hit his second home run of the game — a leadoff blast in the seventh inning — and the Indians continued ...

Cavaliers finally part ways with J.R. Smith

CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith’s never-a-dull-moment run with the Cavaliers is over. Cleveland released the colorful shooting guard Monday before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. The Cavs had been trying to trade Smith for months, but the team was unable to find the ...

Mikolas, O’Neill lead Cardinals to 7-0 win over Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Miles Mikolas scuffled in the first half of the season and wanted a fresh start after the All-Star game. His got it. Mikolas pitched an eight-hitter and Tyler O’Neill hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

All quiet as Scrappers lose again

NILES — Eastwood Field was quite calm on Sunday compared to the night before in the second game of a three-game series between the Scrappers and the Hudson Valley Renegades. With tempers and uniforms being vibrant for nine innings in Saturday night’s game, the home team lost again to HV, ...

They needed that one

CLEVELAND — With the AL Central in danger of slipping away for the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana delivered. Santana, coming off his first career All-Star appearance, hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win over the first-place ...

Cubs finish off sweep of Pirates with 8-3 win

CHICAGO — After struggling prior to the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have started the second half clicking on all cylinders. Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. The NL Central ...

Spicy at Eastwood

NILES — For the first time all season, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have fallen below .500. Suiting up in green and red jerseys as the “Peppers in Oil”, they lost to Hudson Valley, 5-3. “I really liked the way our guys played today,” Scrappers manager Dennis Malave said. “I know ...

Kepler homers off Bauer twice as Twins beat Tribe

CLEVELAND — Max Kepler owns Trevor Bauer at the moment. And unless something changes, the AL Central will soon belong to the Twins. Kepler hit two more home runs off Bauer, Jake Cave drove in three runs and Minnesota tightened its grip on the division with a 6-2 win Saturday night over the ...

Lester, Cubs drive past Pittsburgh, 10-4

CHICAGO — Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season. Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 on Saturday. All-Star catcher Willson ...

Cubs, Bryant edge Pirates

CHICAGO — Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant rescued the Chicago Cubs with a clutch swing and some nifty baserunning. Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday in their first game after the All-Star ...

Twins slow Tribe

CLEVELAND — The Twins returned from the All-Star break and pumped the brakes on the Indians. Slowing Cleveland’s charge in the standings, Jorge Polanco’s two-run double in the seventh inning rallied the AL Central leaders to a 5-3 victory Friday night that ended the Indians’ six-game ...

Kluber close to throwing in bullpen

CLEVELAND — Indians starter Corey Kluber’s broken right arm is healing as hoped, and he could begin throwing bullpen sessions soon. Kluber was struck by a line drive on May 1 in Miami. Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner had a “good ...

MV splits nightcap with Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers took the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader. The Brooklyn Cyclones won the first game 5-4, but Mahoning Valley rallied for a 4-0 win in the second of two games — each going seven innings. George Valera singled and scored Raynel Delgado in ...

Cleveland State fires Felton after 2 seasons

CLEVELAND — Dennis Felton’s stay at Cleveland State was short, and anything but sweet. Felton was fired Friday after just two seasons with the program, which hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2009. The 56-year-old Felton and his entire staff were let go by athletic director ...

Scrappers, Cyclones to play doubleheader today

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Brooklyn Cyclones took a preemptive strike against Mother Nature as their game Thursday against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers was postponed because of severe weather expected to hit the New York City area. The two teams start today at 5 p.m., playing two seven-inning ...

Leukemia won’t define Indians’ Carrasco

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s smile remains bright, his mood and outlook as positive as ever. Outwardly, the Indians’ right-hander doesn’t seem different. He’s determined not to let cancer change him. “I never put anything bad on my mind,” Carrasco said. “Everything’s ...

Bucs back in race

PITTSBURGH — Joe Maddon didn’t let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs manager appeared ready to take on any and all comers from the Pittsburgh dugout ...

Scrappers shut out by Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Brooklyn scored three in the first three innings and never trailed against Mahoning Valley in Wednesday’s opener of this New York-Penn League contest, 9-0. Jhonneyver Gutierrez gave up the first three Brooklyn runs in four innings of work as he dropped to 1-3 on the ...