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Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Chicago. Adam Frazier and Starling Marte also scored on the play. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

CUTCH GOES YARD

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CHICAGO — Andrew McCutchen got to Wrigley Field on Saturday and was happy to see a 24 mph wind. “You definitely have quite the advantage when you’re playing in this ballpark when the wind is howling out like that,” he said. McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in a five-run ...

Partial picture shows an intriguing glimpse of 2018

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COLUMBUS — There were no big revelations in Ohio State’s spring football football game on Saturday, just smaller surprises like discovering running back Mike Weber is left-handed when he threw a pass to quarterback J.T. Barrett on a trick play. But there were enough things unearthed that ...

Defense is all business in annual game

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MORGANTOWN — It has become a rarity when something, or someone, performs as advertised. That was not the case Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium as University of Florida transfer Will Grier delighted a crowd of 6,415 fans in West Virginia’s annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage. “He ...

USC transfer Browne hoping to build off productive spring

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PITTSBURGH — Max Browne didn’t uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback. It’s why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last ...

Ramirez has 6 RBIs as Indians rout Verlander

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CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez had the best day of his career. Justin Verlander had one of his worst. Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians’ 13-6 win over the Detroit ...

Briefs

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Donnelly to give lessons STEUBENVILLE — Veteran major league baseball coach Rich Donnelly will resume offering hitting and pitching lessons for area youth starting April 23. For information, contact Donnelly at (740) 317-6327. Donnelly recently served as the bullpen coach for the USA team ...

LeBron, Cavs escape Pacers in Game 1

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CLEVELAND — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn’t win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after a shaky-and-streaky regular season, ...

Dufner eagles twice to lead RBC Heritage after 54 holes

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jason Dufner took more than a solid showing away from the Masters last week. He took inspiration from winner Sergio Garcia. Dufner finished 33rd in the year’s first major, things getting away from him late in the final round a week ago. But he took something ...

West Liberty takes a doubleheader from Urbana

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WEST LIBERTY — With members of the conference champion teams from 1973-77 on hand at Kovalick Field including legendary coach Jim Watson, the pressure was on the West Liberty baseball team Saturday. The Hilltoppers weren’t phased in the least. Coby Eckstein ripped a pair of homers — one ...

Reds lose a starter, but Winker’s double beats Brewers 7-5

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CINCINNATI — Jesse Winker doubled home the go-ahead runs with his first major league hit, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame two more homers by Eric Thames for a 7-5 victory on Saturday, ending the Milwaukee Brewers’ four-game winning streak. The Reds also lost another starter. Left-hander ...