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Kluber gets eighth win as Indians roll past White Sox

CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox were already in major trouble before Corey Kluber threw one pitch. Once he had a big lead, surrender was their only option. The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched six shutout innings and reached eight victories before any AL pitcher as the Cleveland ...

Musgrove lifts Bucs, beats Cubs

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings and his hard slide led to both teams emptying their benches in another tense moment in the series between NL Central rivals, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night. Musgrove (2-0) ...

Odds against Cavs versus Warriors

CLEVELAND — The odds are longer than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, Kevin Durant’s wingspan or Draymond Green’s catalog of technical fouls. LeBron James and the Cavaliers are being given little — or no — chance of winning their fourth straight NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State ...

Brantley, Ramirez, Kipnis homer in Indians win

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis each hit a solo home run, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night. Brantley was 3 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He homered in the third ...

MLB: Rizzo’s slide not dirty, it was illegal

PITTSBURGH — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes Anthony Rizzo’s slide that upended Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz at home plate on Monday is still perfectly legal. So does Maddon’s superstar first baseman. Major League Baseball? Not so much. MLB chief baseball officer Joe ...

Cubs rally to top Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo shook off the boos and sparked a late rally with his ninth home run of the season as the Chicago Cubs held off the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 on Tuesday night. A day after his aggressive slide at home plate that took out Pittsburgh catcher Elias Diaz drew a ...

Here we go again

BOSTON — LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State to face a team far better than his. His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most difficult, flanked by a largely unheralded set of teammates who force him to do ...

Tribe topples White Sox

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians took advantage of their extra chances Monday. Edwin Encarnacion homered and had four RBIs, and the Indians capitalized on three errors to score five times in the fifth inning for a 9-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland trailed 5-2 going into the ...

To the Finals again

BOSTON — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine ...

Indian hitters pick up bullpen this time

CLEVELAND — Greg Allen had one thought as he saw his teammates waiting for him at home plate. “Just don’t get too roughed up in there,” he said. “It’s something I’ll remember forever. It’s all still sinking in. It’s pretty special.” Allen homered on Brad Peacock’s ...

Pirates’ bullpen falters in loss

PITTSBURGH — Harrison Bader stepped to the plate with a chance to pull the St. Louis Cardinals even knowing the heat Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez was going to send his way. So Bader dug in and swung as Vazquez’s 99 mph fastball ran in on his hands. When it dropped for a single in the ...

No Love for Cavs in 7th game

BOSTON — LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won’t get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Already laboring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew made mostly of cast-offs and ...

Bullpen backs 4-homer attack

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ beleaguered bullpen suffered another jolt when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list Saturday. A few hours later, the relievers played a major role in an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros. Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero and Cody Allen combined ...

Cardinal youngster tops Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty’s first win in the big leagues sent a message that the St. Louis Cardinals rookie wants to be a part of his team’s recalibrated rotation. His second victory was just as impressive for an entirely different reason. The swing-and-miss stuff that overwhelmed ...

Steelers confident they can replace Shazier

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best. While there is a sense of loss, there is no ...

Brilliant again

CLEVELAND — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next. Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold. Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the ...

Woes continue for Tribe ’pen

CLEVELAND — The Houston Astros kicked off a late rally Friday night against relief ace Andrew Miller, then put their entire offensive arsenal on display. Jose Altuve tied it with a two-run double off Miller in the eighth and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, ...

James, Cavs again in battle to survive

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston’s defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. “Uh-oh,” Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming ...

Indians’ bullpen falters again in loss to Astros

CLEVELAND — Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season — and knew where to place the credit for his latest victory. Morton (7-0) pitched six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2. “I felt like I ...

Grand slam key to Reds’ victory

CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez wanted to hit one deep enough to get the runner in from third base. He got all of a hanging slider — and four runs with one swing. Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova, who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati, and Jesse Winker added a solo shot ...