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DeFalco goes from Niles to YSU

Marco DeFalco wasn’t expected to be a starting pitcher during his freshman campaign at Youngstown State, but due to several injuries, DeFalco had to step up this season, and gained valuable pitching experience. “I came in and I was expecting 1 to 2 innings max in games, and a few injuries ...

Shutout for Beiber

CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber was determined to finish what he started, even if it meant playing hide-and-seek with his pitching coach. Bieber struck out a career-high 15 in his first major league complete game and the Cleveland Indians routed the Baltimore Orioles 10-0. “It was one of those ...

Musgrove returns home, pitches Pirates to win

SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won 6-4 Sunday to take three of four. “I ...

Plutko shines in win

CLEVELAND — Adam Plutko’s season debut for Cleveland couldn’t have gone much better. Called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Plutko allowed one run in six innings — a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore’s only hit — and the Indians defeated the Orioles 4-1 on ...

Bell’s 2 HRs lead Pirates

SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell homered twice and drove in four, rookie Bryan Reynolds connected for the second straight night and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Saturday. Padres rookie left-hander Nick Margevicius (2-5) allowed four homers in four-plus innings. Bell has ...

Crew blanked on road

MINNEAPOLIS — Ethan Finlay scored against his former team in the 70th minute, and Minnesota United held on for a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Romain Mutanire played in a diagonal cross, which Brent Kallman headed back across the 6-yard box, and Finlay was waiting near ...

Tribe bats quiet in loss to Orioles

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dylan Bundy kept Cleveland’s lineup in check — and in the ballpark — for 5 2/3 innings and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles ended a three-game slide Friday night by beating the Indians 5-1. Bundy (2-5) cooled off the Indians, who scored a ...

Koepka cruising at PGA

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The power. The putting. The poise. Brooks Koepka has it all at this PGA Championship, along with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years. It was daunting to so many ...

Pirates’ Lyles fans 12 in win

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and Jordan Lyles struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Reynolds homered to right-center with one out in the fourth off ...

Jackson-Milton grad Pierce is softball star for UMBC

Jackson-Milton graduate and softball star Sierra Pierce is now thriving at the Division I level of college, having success with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. The Retrievers are having a great season, finishing 26-22 in the regular season, and sweeping through the America ...

Kipnis homers twice in Indians’ win

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs as the Cleveland Indians hammered the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Kipnis hit a solo shot in the first inning, a three-run homer in the fourth off reliever Gabriel Ynoa ...

Howell pitches Flashes back into regional

LEAVITTSBURG — District dominance. For the first time in school history the Champion girls have won a district title in soccer, basketball, and softball in the same school year. They finished off the trifecta with a 10-0 defeat of Newton Falls (17-9) in the Division III LaBrae District ...

Beckham doesn’t attend voluntary Wednesday practice

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr.’s current part-time employment isn’t bothering the Browns. Not yet, anyway. The star wide receiver did not practice Wednesday after showing up Tuesday for Cleveland’s voluntary offseason program, ending an excused — if not questionable — monthlong ...

Hunt speaks to media about incident

BEREA — Once he found the courage, Kareem Hunt watched the infamous video of him shoving a woman and then kicking her while she was on the ground. Like millions of others, he was disturbed. “I was like, ‘Wow, it’s pretty bad. That’s not me,’” he said, recalling his reaction. ...

Greinke shuts down Pirates; Archer struggles in return

PHOENIX — Zack Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed Chris Archer and the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1 on Wednesday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Greinke would get an MRI on Friday. Greinke ...

Luplow, Indians romp over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Luplow hit two of Cleveland’s five homers, Carlos Carrasco cruised through seven innings and the Indians pounded the Chicago White Sox 9-0 on Tuesday. Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez also went deep as the light-hitting Indians muscled up against Manny ...

Bell, Pirates roll past Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — Josh Bell homered twice and Joe Musgrove allowed one hit through seven strong innings as Pittsburgh Pirates beat Arizona, 6-2. Phoenix native Cole Tucker hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to cap off the victory. The Pirates snapped a nine-game losing ...

Beckham practicing with Browns

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr.’s excused, debated absence is over. He’s run a comeback route to the Browns. The star wide receiver practiced with his new teammates for the first time Tuesday after skipping Cleveland’s voluntary workouts last month. Beckham, who was acquired in a ...

Cavs give Beilein first NBA shot

CLEVELAND — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones. All in college. He’s getting his NBA shot. The Cavaliers ended a monthlong search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made ...

Hubbard’s Scott joins Browns

While one former star running back from the Mahoning Valley left the Cleveland Browns, another one has joined. Former Hubbard High School standout L.J. Scott signed with the Browns, the team announced Monday. Scott was invited to the Baltimore Ravens camp following last month’s NFL Draft, ...