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Opening night

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CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber is only 25, and that hardly seems fair. He’s already an All-Star MVP, and it might not be too early to call him an ace. And, he’s only getting better. “When I say he makes the glass look half-full, that would be the biggest understatement,” Indians manager ...

Pirates stopped by Cards

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ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings, Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals opened the season by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Friday night. Tyler O’Neill and Dexter Fowler added solo homers for St. Louis in the first game of an unprecedented ...

Bang the drum …

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CLEVELAND — The Indians’ drummer will pound on — sort of. For the first time since 1973, John Adams won’t be grabbing the big bass drum from his basement and hauling it to Cleveland’s home opener. But although he won’t be there in person to bang on his drum Friday, Adams will ...

Flashy outfielder

YSU Sports

Youngstown State University baseball coach Dan Bertolini always knows where Lucas Nasonti is and exactly what he’s doing during batting practice every day. Some players may be going through the motions, talking about school, the weekend or the next game. Not Nasonti, a former star ...

Indians to meet with Native Americans on potential new name

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CLEVELAND — Before the Cleveland Indians make a definitive decision on changing their name, they’ll listen to those they may have most offended over the past 105 years. Owner Paul Dolan said the team will speak to Native American groups as one of the preliminary steps in the potential ...

Shelton brings positivity, grit to Pirates’ organization

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PITTSBURGH — The initial dream died quickly and quietly late in 1993 when surgeons opened up Derek Shelton’s mangled right elbow and tried to piece it back together. It didn’t take. At least not well enough for Shelton to continue his baseball career as a catcher who relied more on ...

Class B Playoffs

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First round WEDNESDAY 16U Eagle Wear 8, Prospects 4: Dashawn Gunther had two hits and scored twice, while Ian Barton had a hit, two RBIs and scored twice for Eagle Wear. Zach Macik had two hits and scored once, while Brandon Popio had a hit and two RBIs for Prospects. DuraEdge 9, Whiting ...

They want a season

Local Sports

Football. A game played with 11 people per side. Helmets collide into padding that pops. The sound echos off the metal bleachers, into the earshot of players, coaches and fans. Friday nights in the Mahoning Valley. They are the sounds Chaney High School football coach Chris Amill wants to ...

OHSFCA considerations

High School Sports

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association had a committee of coaches selected by president Tom Pavlansky, research from medical professionals, the guidelines for a Responsible Restart of Ohio by Gov. Mike DeWine’s task force. Here are the considerations by the OHSFCA: Before, ...

Pennsylvania: No to Blue Jays at PNC Park

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TORONTO — The state of Pennsylvania won’t allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced Wednesday, becoming the second jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. Canada already ...

Sharon Speedway off again

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HARTFORD — Sharon Speedway is closed another week due to the continued mandates set forth by the Ohio Department of Health from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes no spectators being permitted throughout the state of Ohio. The management of Sharon Speedway, choosing to abide by ODH’s ...

Program goal is bridge between players

High School Sports

CANTON — The rain finally stopped over the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Cleveland Heights assistant football coach Kahari Hicks started to greet other coaches and see players in different-colored jerseys start to gather. The second Build The Bridge gathering happened Tuesday morning with a ...

Players, owner discuss name change

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s players met Tuesday with owner Paul Dolan to discuss a potential name change for the team, which has been called the Indians for the past 105 years. Manager Terry Francona said the group had an “honest” conversation and he came away proud of how it was handled ...

Indians’ games on TV in short season

Sport columns

All Cleveland Indians games of the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season will be on television. SportsTime Ohio will air 57 of the 60 games, including the home opener Friday night at Progressive Field against the Kansas City Royals. The Indians will play 10 games each against their four AL Central ...

Zimmer’s return a positive surprise

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CLEVELAND — Seemingly lost, somewhat forgotten, Bradley Zimmer has found his way back to the Cleveland Indians. Sidelined by injuries for most of the past two seasons, Zimmer has put himself in position to not only make Cleveland’s roster but also be a part of manager Terry Francona’s ...

SANDLOT: Class B results

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Monday - 18U Astro Falcons 13, Roth Brothers 3 – Anthony Miller had three hits including a double, five RBIs and scored once, Aiden Shepard had a double and scored twice and Cal Bickerstaff had a double, two RBIs and scored once for Astro. Ethan Shaw had two hits including a triple and an ...

Ready for takeoff

High School Sports

WARREN — Jesse Likens never really envisioned himself going into the Air Force after high school. He didn’t have anything against the military, but the thought just never really crossed his mind. It certainly crossed the mind of John F. Kennedy coach Dom Prologo. “I thought early on ...

Weekend Class B results

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Saturday – 18U Astro Falcons 12, Knightline 2 – Connor Miller had two triples, two RBIs and scored once, Greg Johnson had a double, an RBI and scored twice, and Matt Shepard had a double, an RBI and scored once for Astro. Ryan Feczco pitched a complete game for the win, giving up three ...

Exciting times in McDonald

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Lou Domitrovich was hesitant. He’s heard talk before about a new athletic facility since the early 1980s when his older brother Bart played football at McDonald High School. There was a cinder track in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and beyond. That has changed in 2020 with an all-weather ...