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Mother Nature wins

NILES — So close, yet so far away. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers held a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning Thursday night. Mahoning Valley reliever Adam Scott, who had replaced started Alex Royalty in the top of the fourth, threw two pitches in the fifth. Fans started to ...

Lou Blaney Memorial Saturday at Sharon

HARTFORD — A Lou Blaney Shirt Out contest will be a feature of the 10th annual Lou Blaney Memorial day Saturday at Sharon Speedway. For the fourth straight year the Memorial race itself will be under the auspices of Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. Also ...

Nothing in the tank

NILES — In a tough game for fielding on Independence Day, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were bit by the Batavia Muckdogs in a 4-3 loss in New York-Penn League action. The Scrappers (13-5) struck first. After a leadoff triple by Gabriel Mejia, Jose Fermin knocked him in to give Mahoning ...

Bauer, Perez lift Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Trevor Bauer made plenty of quality pitches, but it was Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez who made the best throw of the night. Bauer pitched effectively into the eighth inning as the Indians beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday for a three-game ...

Cavs, Sexton agree to deal

CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton badly wanted to play with LeBron James. His first season will be much different than he hoped. Sexton signed his rookie contract on Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are taking their first steps since James announced he’s leaving to sign a four-year, ...

Superfight won’t uproot Cleveland hero

LAS VEGAS — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses. Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning heavyweight champ in UFC history has embraced the ...

Decision is a memorable one

COLUMBUS — The decision. Nothing to do with LeBron James leaving Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers. An 11-year-old girl pondering an all-day trip to Columbus with her father. She saw the forecast for Sunday, mid-90s. All she thought about was the heat as she ate lunch with her ...

Oviedo stars again on mound

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Luis Oviedo, who was named Pitcher of the Week last week in the New York-Penn League, continued his domination of the league Tuesday night in the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ 2-0 win over the State College Spikes. Oviedo struck out seven in seven innings of work, ...

Gomes’ grand slam lifts Indians over KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver said the key to winning is “pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers.” Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona can go one better: grand slams. Yan Gomes hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and the Indians rallied to ...

Pirates slugged again in Los Angeles, 8-3

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw earned his first win in 2 ¢ months, five Dodgers homered including Max Muncy with a pair, and Los Angeles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Tuesday night. Ivan Nova (4-6) became the first pitcher in Pirates history to give up five homers in a game. Pittsburgh ...

Akron stadium represents community

AKRON — Take a deep breath. Breathe it in. The aroma overcomes you. Burgers. Not the only thing you’ll find on the concrete concourse of Canal Park. There’s German food, hot dogs and plenty of other ballpark delicacies to quench the palate. Jim Pfander, General Manager and Chief ...

Big innings lift Scrappers over Spikes

STATE COLLEGE — In a game that saw some big innings, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers defeated the State College Spikes, 9-7, at Medlar Field in Lubrano Park. The Scrappers (12-4) started the New York-Penn League action with a huge inning. It all started with a Jose Fermin single and then a ...

Lindor lifts off

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Francisco Lindor had an exceptional Monday after a very good Sunday. Lindor homered twice, including a grand slam, and finished with a career-high seven RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Monday night. On Sunday, he had two doubles and a ...

Down town

CLEVELAND — LeBron James jerseys in assorted colors hung inside the Cavaliers team shop, their retail price slashed by 40 percent. Eight years ago, some of them were still smoldering in the streets. The day after James announced he is leaving Cleveland as a free agent for the second time ...

Bobblehead bonanza

EASTLAKE — Todd Isaacs remembers the day well, the slide into home plate. The jokes followed last July. The Lake County Captains outfielder mimicked a scorpion, coming head first, contorting on his neck. A sight to see. “So, a lot of my teammates were making fun, that’s going to be a ...

Error figures in Scrappers’ loss

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The State College Spikes took advantage of a two-out error by Mahoning Valley in the bottom of the second to break a 2-2 tie, then added two insurance runs in the fourth inning of a 5-2 victory Sunday. The Scrappers (11-4) got their runs on a two-out double in the first ...

James takes talents to West Coast

By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the ...

Indians blow it open with 8-run 8th

OAKLAND, Calif. — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians reached double digits, and then some. Lindor homered and hit two of the Indians’ 11 doubles Sunday as they ended the Oakland Athletics’ six-game winning streak with a 15-3 romp. “It was really good,” Lindor said. ...

Moran’s slam lifts Pirates over Padres

SAN DIEGO — Colin Moran hit his second grand slam of the season and Corey Dickerson and Elias Diaz also homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who held off the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Sunday to take two of three games. Moran connected in the fifth to put the Pirates ahead 6-3. With two outs, ...