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OBJ finally back at practice

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. is closer to being game ready. With Cleveland’s season opener on Sept. 8 against Tennessee quickly approaching, Beckham, who has been slowed by a hip injury, returned to team drills during practice on Monday for the first time in nearly three weeks. Before the ...

Ramirez out after surgery

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have been dealt a major blow at the worst time possible. Their playoff chances have gone from hopeful to harmed. Third baseman Jose Ramirez, whose hitting tear has aligned with Cleveland’s surge in the standings, will undergo surgery Monday on his ...

MV hammers Auburn

AUBURN, N.Y. — Yanier Diaz was 3-for-5 with five RBIs to lead Mahoning Valley past Auburn on Monday, 9-3. Diaz had a solo home run in the second inning, a sacrifice fly in the third and two-run single in the fourth as the Scrappers scored seven of their runs in those frames. Francisco ...

Gabrielson wins Bickerstaff race

Joe Gaberielson won the final leg and biggest race of his career, the Bickerstaff Cup, Saturday evening at Sharon Speedway. Besting a stellar field of the region’s best Outlaw E-Mods, the 31-year-old Bristolville native started fifth and drove a smart to victory. He bided his time, saving ...

Scrappers’ hopes are fading

Scrappers’ hopes are fading AUBURN, N.Y. — The last-place Auburn Doubledays dealt another blow to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ faint title hopes on Sunday afternoon, beating the Scrappers, 4-2. With nine games remaining, Mahoning Valley (33-34) is 3 1/2 games out of first place in ...

Indians play on without Ramirez

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez swung and felt something crack. It was a bone in his right hand. It may as well have been Cleveland’s postseason hopes. Ryan O’Hearn led off the 10th inning with his second homer of the game, sending the Kansas City Royals to a wild 9-8 win Sunday over the ...

Mission accomplished

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he’s ready for the regular season, even though he wasn’t happy the Steelers didn’t score earlier. The Tennessee Titans made it very clear protecting Marcus Mariota on a wet and ugly night was their top ...

Crosscutters sink Scrappers

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Tyler Burch held Mahoning Valley to two hits over five innings as Williamsport held the Scrappers down Saturday, 3-1. Burch (4-1) struck out four, while Victor Vargas and Brian Marconi came in to keep Mahoning Valley (33-33) in check — seven games of being eliminated ...

Kitchens not pleased with poor performance

CLEVELAND — For one night, the hype around the Browns seemed hilarious. They didn’t look anything close to being Super Bowl contenders in their third exhibition game, the one many teams view as the final tuneup for the regular season. Baker Mayfield was strangely inaccurate and ...

Indians win again, but Ramirez is injured

CLEVELAND — Franmil Reyes had his biggest hit with the Cleveland Indians. Yet Reyes and his teammates weren’t in the mood to celebrate Saturday’s victory over Kansas City because it might have come with a significant loss. Reyes hit a three-run homer that helped Cleveland to a 4-2 ...

Baker struggles in loss

TAMPA, Fla. — The start of the NFL regular season is still a couple of weeks away, and that’s good news for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who showed they still have a lot of work to do to get ready. And while neither Baker Mayfield nor Jameis Winston played particularly ...

Scrappers back to .500

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – A four-run eighth inning put the Scrappers past Williamsport and back over .500. The Scrappers struck first in the third inning with a line drive to right field by Brayan Rocchio that would score Joab Gonzalez. Williamsport took control of the game the very next inning ...

Hand, Lindor lead Indians past Royals

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona’s faith in his All-Star closer paid off Friday night. Brad Hand bounced back from his recent struggles to record his 30th save and Cleveland defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Friday night. Hand had blown three consecutive saves and allowed ...

3 Scrappers pitchers fire no-hitter

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Hunter Gaddis, Matt Waldron and Luis Sanchez each threw three innings and combined for 11 strikeouts as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers no-hit the Williamsport Crosscutters Thursday, 8-0. Gaddis started and threw six strikeouts in the first three innings, while Waldron had ...

Indians blanked by Mets

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win. The game was called with ...

Deemer, Tigers put 1-9 ’18 season behind them

HOWLAND — Garrett Deemer is asked to pinpoint the proudest moment of his high school football career, and the Howland senior doesn’t discuss the four sacks he recorded in one game or his all-conference offensive first-team honors. Instead, Deemer reflects back to a play last year which ...

Indians stumble once again vs. Mets

NEW YORK — Needing a break, the New York Mets watched Cleveland hand it to them — Brad Hand, especially. The All-Star reliever failed to cover first base on what could’ve been a game-ending double play, and moments later J.D. Davis lined an RBI single that capped a two-run rally in the ...

Mayfield explains comments

BEREA — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield did some scrambling off the field. Claiming he was taken out of context in an interview conducted four months ago, Mayfield said Wednesday that he reached out to New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones after making some biting comments about the ...

Smith-Schuster’s role expands

PITTSBURGH — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving persona that helped make him one of the NFL’s most recognizable young stars by his second season. But that doesn’t mean he lacks the wisdom to recognize that he is now a ...

Kluber shut down for two weeks

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s comeback has been sidetracked. The Cleveland Indians ace will be shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained as he was rehabbing from a broken arm. Kluber was pulled from a minor league outing for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte on ...