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Indians’ bats continue cold spell

CHICAGO — Yo’n Moncada admitted he was a little tired, and then chuckled at the whole thing. “It’s nothing,” he said through a translator. “I’m just 23 years old. I can play.” No kidding. Moncada hit two of Chicago’s four solo homers and Reynaldo Lopez pitched 7 2/3 ...

Buckeyes to Eastwood

For only the second time the Youngstown State University baseball team is going to play host to Ohio State. The Penguins and Buckeyes are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Eastwood Field. Lucas Nasonti, leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Penguins, is excited for the matchup against ...

Perez, pitcher power Indians

OAKLAND, Calif. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona acknowledges the Indians are still uncertain what they have in Jefry Rodri-guez after acquiring the 24-year-old pitcher from Washington in November. They like what they’ve seen so far from the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Roberto Perez hit a ...

Pittsburgh’s Bell rings up big day in win over Cards

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell put on a show for his mom on Mother’s Day. With his mother Myrtle in the stands at Busch Stadium, Bell homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Adam Frazier added a two-run, ...

Veteran official Montana honored

Tony Montana suffered an injury two years into his Youngstown State University football career. The center from nearby Ursuline High School eventually graduated from YSU in 1973. Montana wanted to stay close to the game he loved and played for the Irish before graduating in 1968. He ...

Champion’s Allen concludes standout softball career

Brittany Allen, a graduate of Champion High School, recently concluded her collegiate softball career at Edinboro University and has left an unforgettable mark on their program. “College softball has changed my life in different ways.” Allen said. “Not only did I enjoy being a college ...

Liberty’s Leshnack concludes standout softball career

“She is the player every coach dreams of having on their team.” That’s how Ursuline College softball coach Sue Woodford feels about Leah Leshnack, the Liberty High School graduate who just completed a prestigious career as an infielder with the Arrows. “She has been a great leader ...

Athletics beat Tribe in 12th, 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Chapman homered against Brad Hand leading off the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Friday night. Chapman hit a 3-2 pitch down the left field line for his first career game-ending hit. The homer was his 10th this season and the ...

Williams pitches Pirates to win

ST. LOUIS — Trevor Williams didn’t have his prettiest outing, but he’ll take it. Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday ...

Rookie WR seen as AB replacement for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson understands parallels will be drawn between himself and former Steelers star Antonio Brown. The third-round pick, however, is focused on forging his own path. The comparisons and serendipitous circumstances that link the ...

LTBA honors longtime president

LIBERTY — Memories and reminders are everywhere for Mick Marsco and the rest of his family, and they’re not easy to endure. The Marscos lost a father, an uncle, a grandfather and so much more on Sept. 7, 2018, and Liberty Township lost a fixture in the community for the last four decades. ...

Carrasco, Indians dominate White Sox

CLEVELAND — Knowing a heavy rainstorm was on its way, Carlos Carrasco wanted to get through five innings as quickly as possible Thursday. Even if it meant giving his teammates a nudge. Carrasco held Chicago to two hits, Jordan Luplow hit his first two home runs of the season and the ...

Ozuna, Fowler lead Cardinals to rout of Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs and Dexter Fowler had three RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 17-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Paul Goldschmidt reached base four times and had three hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals, who managed just one ...

HR by Ramirez lifts Indians

CLEVELAND — The way things have been going, Jose Ramirez’s deep drive figured to be swallowed by the wind. Once it cleared the wall, the Indians could exhale. Ramirez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win over the Chicago White ...

Blue Jackets expect turmoil in offseason

COLUMBUS — If the Blue Jackets’ two best players leave town as expected, it will ripple through just about every move the team makes this summer. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and winger Artemi Panarin are unrestricted free agents and almost certainly are out the door. Retooling the roster ...

Pence sinks Bucs

PITTSBURGH — In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all. Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Wednesday. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz ...

Francona preaches patience for hitters

CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s positive messages aren’t working. His time-tested tolerance is being tried. The Indians aren’t hitting or scoring or looking anything like a team capable of winning many games in May or June, never mind in October. The outlook isn’t promising, but ...

Kluber confident he can return in 2019

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s broken right arm isn’t all that’s hurting him. Less than one week after absorbing the impact of a 102 mph line drive during a start in Miami, Cleveland’s two-time AL Cy Young Award winner said Tuesday he still is coming to grips with his injury. “You ...

Vazquez closes win for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Felipe Vazquez doesn’t let his failures linger. That wouldn’t help the Pittsburgh Pirates closer be any good at his job. Still, he wanted another shot at Texas slugger Joey Gallo. Getting touched for a 467-foot home run will do that. So when setup man Kyle Crick hit a ...

White Sox blast Cleveland, Bauer

CLEVELAND — Tim Anderson chased Trevor Bauer after the All-Star tweeted a playful message to him earlier in the day, Yo’n Moncada had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox routed Cleveland Indians 9-1 Monday night to stop a three-game losing streak. Bauer (4-2) matched ...