SPORTS DIGEST || Scrappers suspended; will finish game today

Scrappers suspended; will finish game today


The Mahoning Valley Scrappers got their bats going early Tuesday night against the Jamestown Jammers, but rain put a stop to that soon after. The Scrappers scored twice in the first inning — on RBI singles by Juan Herrera and Josh McAdams — but will have to wait until later today to continue.

The game was suspended in the bottom of the second inning with Mahoning Valley on top 2-0. It will be completed, beginning at 5:05 p.m., before today’s regularly scheduled game at Russell Diethrick Park.

The Scrappers (6-9) return home Thursday through Satuday to face Williamsport. All three games start at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.

Ex-Penguin Thomas opts out of A’s deal


Former Youngstown State pitcher Justin Thomas has opted out of his contract with the Oakland A’s and is now a free agent.

He went 3-6 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts with the AAA Sacramento River Cats this season.

Thomas sent out this tweet on Tuesday afternoon: “Really going to miss Sacramento and all of my @RiverCats teammates. Best of Luck to everyone this year and in the future.”

Thomas signed a minor league deal with the A’s in November. He has pitched in the major leagues for the Mariners, Pirates, Red Sox and Yankees.

AP sources: Umpire let go after drug violation


A Major League Baseball umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps, two people familiar with the situation have told The Associated Press.

MLB announced on June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple-A umpire had been promoted, but didn’t give a reason. The two people said Runge failed at least one drug test, then reached an agreement so he could remain on the umpire roster. When he failed to comply with those terms, he was released.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB didn’t publicly say why Runge was gone. It could not be independently determined by the AP what drug was involved.

Like players, umpires are subject to random drug tests. The 43-year-old Runge didn’t work in the majors after last Aug. 30 while dealing with a knee injury. He called spring training games this year and later did several Triple-A games, but hadn’t been back in the big leagues during the regular season.

Rodriguez goes hitless in first game back


Alex Rodriguez called his season’s debut a success, even if the results Tuesday night didn’t bear that out.

Rodriguez played his first game since a miserable October and went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs. In his first game since left hip surgery in January, Rodriguez grounded into a double play in his first time up then struck out looking against 23-year-old Williams Perez to end the third before coming out for the night.

For Rodriguez, the individual outcome wasn’t important after waiting nine months to play.

“I’m just happy to be back playing,” he said. “I feel like a kid again.”

Chagrin Valley horse show begins this week


The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic horse show will open Friday at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field and will run through July 20.

Competitors from as far away as Florida and California will be traveling to the Chagrin Valley for this prestigious horse show jumping event.

The first weekend will feature competitors primarily from northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan in the Schneider Saddlery Opening Weekend Friday through Sunday.

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Vindicator staff/wire reports

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