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Bucs blanked by Rockies

PITTSBURGH (AP) — German M’rquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over eight dominant innings in a 5-0 ...

Bauer continues to struggle in loss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-hitter Mark Canha’s two-run homer off struggling Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer in the third inning sent the Oakland Athletics to their fifth straight win, 5-3 over the Indians on Tuesday night. Canha replaced injured slugger Khris Davis and connected off Bauer ...

Browns coach Kitchens surprises Kareem Hunt

ROCKY RIVER (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been watching Kareem Hunt work toward redemption. On Sunday, he showed the running back that he’s got his full support. Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey surprised Hunt by attending his baptism at True Vine Missionary Baptist ...

Beilein ready to breathe new life into Cavs

INDEPENDENCE (AP) — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers’ basketball history stared the new coach in the face. He wants to make it richer. “Look at all those banners up there,” Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA ...

Karaffa pitches Toronto past top-seeded Hiland

MINERVA — When it came time to decide where the Toronto baseball team wanted to place itself in the Division IV East District bracket, head coach Brian Perkins wanted to face top-seeded Berlin Hiland in the semifinal rather than the championship. “We knew coming in that Hiland has a great ...

Big Red scores early, often to advance

CADIZ — Veteran Big Red coach Fred Heatherington had a pretty simple game plan heading into Monday’s Division II district semifinals against Maysville — score early and have solid pitching. Despite a few hiccups, things still worked according to plan for third-seeded Big Red. The ...

Wildcats continue tournament success against Purple Riders

MINGO JUNCTION — The recipe remains the same, and so does the result. The Edison baseball team played a solid all-around game against Martins Ferry, and the No. 2 seed Wildcats broke open a tie game to a 7-4 victory against the No. 10 seed Purple Riders in a Division III Eastern District ...

Niedenthal, Strasburg shut down, eliminate Catholic Central

UHRICHSVILLE — Strasburg’s pitching staff has been shutting everyone down to this point in the tournament. It did the same to Catholic Central on Monday. Tigers’ senior starter Mitch Neidenthal picked up his second complete game shutout of the postseason, as No. 4 seed Strasburg ...

A’s beat Indians, 6-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brett Anderson had a quick reaction when the baseball and both pieces of a broken bat came sailing at him in the fifth inning. Get out of the way. Oakland’s left-hander managed to do that, but left the game in the following inning with a cervical strain, and the ...

Moran, Musgrove lead Bucs to 6-4 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won 6-4 Sunday to take three of ...