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Chief Wahoo absent (sort of) from All-Star Game

CLEVELAND — An hour before the first pitch of a series opener against Kansas City, a steady flow of fans stream into the Indians’ team shop at Progressive Field to buy new All-Star merchandise and other Cleveland gear — some bearing his unmistakable smiling face. Chief Wahoo still plays ...

Pirates rally; but then Brewers do, too

PITTSBURGH — A seemingly safe five-run ninth-inning lead gone in a flash, the Milwaukee Brewers were badly in need of a pickup. Facing one of the best closers in the majors, Orlando Arcia provided one. The shortstop’s sharp single off Pittsburgh’s Felipe Vazquez in the top of the 10th ...

Pens reward Sullivan with 4 more years

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan is sticking around to see if he can get the Pittsburgh Penguins back to the Stanley Cup. The club announced Friday that it has signed Sullivan — who guided the Penguins to championships in 2016 and 2017 — to a four-contract extension that runs through the ...

Feeling the Spikes

NILES — In front of their largest crowd of the season, the Scrappers fell victim to some perfectly placed baseballs — losing to State College, 7-1. The game had a poor start for the Scrappers and didn’t get much better. The Spikes’ placement was just out of the infielders’ reach, ...

Lindor, Ramirez help Tribe sweep Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Indians manager Terry Francona looked over at bench coach Brad Mills midway through Thursday’s game against the Royals and said, ‘Gosh, they’re letting us just hang around.” It wasn’t long until Cleveland took advantage of it. Francisco Lindor drove in the ...

Cubs roll over Bucs after Maddon’s ejection

PITTSBURGH — Joe Maddon isn’t against pitching inside. It’s when the ball starts buzzing batter’s heads that the Chicago Cubs manager thinks the increasingly thin line between aggressive and dangerous can get a little too blurry. On Thursday, Maddon thought Pittsburgh starter Jordan ...

Lewis catching on quickly at pro level

After Craig Lewis was selected in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft, he had a few days to relax before the Baltimore Orioles informed the Howland High School product he would be going to Sarasota, Fla. When he arrived in Florida, he handled some paperwork, took a physical and had a ...

MV twirls another shutout

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mahoning Valley’s Ethan Hankins led the charge in a five-hit shutout for the Scrappers — their second shutout in as many games. Hankins, a 2018 first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, allowed zero runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six. The ...

Clemente 3rd youngest to reach U.S. Amateur

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Howland native Gianna Clemente became the third-youngest female in USGA history to q­ualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Wednesday. Clemente, 11, carded a 1-under 71 at Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, Va. She finished third at the 33-person qualifying ...

Big night for Roberto

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Clevinger was searching for the success he experienced late last season, long before a balky back forced the Indians right-hander into an extended stay on the injured list. He found it by changing — well, he didn’t change much of anything. “I looked at tape, ...

Scrappers jump on Crosscutters in 6-inning game

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mahoning Valley scored in each of the first four innings, including three runs in the first inning, and went on to a rain-shortened 7-0 victory Tuesday over the Williamsport Crosscutters. Michael Cooper delivered a two-run single and Johnathan Rodriguez added an RBI ...

Bauers paces Indians’ attack

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indians’ Jake Bauers made a subtle tweak in his swing a couple of days ago against Baltimore that resulted in a pair of hits, so he was eager after a day off to get back on the field. That little change is suddenly producing big results. Bauers matched a career ...

Rain delay doesn’t stop Pirates in 5-1 win

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn’t need to check the analytics before writing down Adam Frazier’s name in the leadoff spot before Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Watching Frazier tie a major league record by roping four doubles the night before gave ...

Blue Jackets have plenty of questions

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets watched three of their best players leave for other teams on the opening day of free agency and did relatively little to fill the holes. When the dust settled after Monday’s comings and goings, many questions remained about whether general manager ...

Penguins seek players to fit culture

PITTSBURGH — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford began his team’s longer-than-expected offseason by talking about the need for a culture change. Two months later, the process is finally underway. The Penguins opened free agency Monday by signing versatile forward Brandon Tanev to a ...

NY-PL’s worst rough up Scrappers

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The team with the worst record in the New York-Penn League roughed up the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Monday. Williamsport blew the game open with a five-run fifth inning and cruised past the Scrappers, 9-1. The Crosscutters (4-13) outhit Mahoning Valley, 10-6, and had ...

Browns talk with RB Hunt

CLEVELAND — The Browns spoke to suspended running back Kareem Hunt after he was involved in an incident outside a downtown bar. The 23-year-old Hunt, who will serve an eight-game NFL ban this season for off-field physical altercations, got into an argument with a friend late Saturday night. ...

Bell belts 3 HRs, Bucs blast Cubs

PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell isn’t worried about the Home Run Derby messing with the considerable mojo he’s built during his breakout season. Quite the opposite. Bell is pumped for the chance to step into the batter’s box and swing for the fences with everyone in baseball watching. So ...

Beilein, Cavs lose summer debut

John Beilein’s real NBA coaching debut comes in October. He probably knows a little bit more about what to expect now. Cleveland’s new coach got his first bit of practice for the real thing on Monday in the NBA’s first game of the summer — only to have San Antonio spoil his debut. ...

4-game slide ends

NILES — Mahoning Valley hasn’t experienced a slump like this since last August. The Scrappers came close to extending their misery on Saturday, but in the end Mahoning Valley snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs in a New York-Penn League game at ...