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Sparling sterling as Scrappers double up Spikes

NILES — Playing baseball on an every-day basis can be either a blessing or a curse, according to Mahoning Valley Scrappers outfielder Bobby Sparling. “If you’re in a groove, you can’t wait for that next game,” he said. “As soon as one game ends you can’t wait for tomorrow. When ...

Baker just chillin’

BEREA — Along with everything else, Baker Mayfield is practicing patience this summer. The Cleveland Browns quarterback, whose strong 2020 season seemingly ended any debate about whether he can lead the franchise over the long term, said Wednesday that he’s in no rush to get a contract ...

Civale, Indians hold off Orioles

CLEVELAND — Aaron Civale became the first pitcher with 10 wins this season and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 8-7 Wednesday night, extending Baltimore’s road losing streak to 18 games. Cesar Hernandez had a two-run triple and Ramirez ...

Steelers to lean on veterans in new-look secondary

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Steven Nelson and Mike Hilton, two key pieces of a strong secondary, during the offseason. But the Steelers feel that the return of veteran leaders Joe Haden, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds, and the emergence of younger players like Cam ...

Espino pitches Nationals to sweep of Pirates

WASHINGTON — Paolo Espino got his first major league win at age 34, Josh Bell hit a two-run homer against his former team and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep. Espino (1-2) allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out ...

Scrappers spiked at home by State College

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Tuesday opened their third homestand of the season just as they did their first two — with a series against State College. The Scrappers began the previous two series with wins, but the third time proved to be the charm for the Spikes. After ...