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Indians: 2013 MLB predictions

AMERICAN LEAGUE (Central Division) Detroit Tigers: The odds on favorite to repeat as division champs, and some experts’ pick to win it all. Cleveland Indians: A revamped lineup means it is all on the rotation to guide the Tribe back to the postseason for the first time since 2007. Chicago White Sox: This is a Read More…

Apartment complex catches fire on Gargasz Drive in Lorain

LORAIN — An apartment complex fire at 5820 Gargasz Drive on the city’s west side was called in at 8:23 p.m., according to firefighters. Smoke was visible when firefighters arrived at the six-floor complex, according to radio transmissions. The fire was contained around 8:43 p.m. The road around the complex off Cooper Foster Road was Read More…

Indians: Tribe opens Tuesday with optimism abound

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CLEVELAND — A new era opens Tuesday in Toronto. It includes a marquee manager and a host of big-name offseason additions that has bred optimism where the Indians are concerned for the first time in years. “There’s a lot of high hopes, which is what we’ve had in the past, but I think there’s a Read More…

Trash pickup expected to resume tomorrow

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste expects to resume trash pickup Tuesday after a solidarity strike today, a company official said. Eric Van Houten, general manager of Republic’s Lorain County operations, said afternoon shift mechanics showed up for work and that the picket outside the company’s Butternut Ridge Road facility was gone. Martin Jay, business representative Read More…

Indians: Terry Francona, improved roster put focus on playoffs

Manager Terry Francona brought instant credibility when he was hired by the Indians following a disappointing 2012 season. (AP photo.)

The Indians talk each year about contending in the American League Central Division and qualifying for the postseason. Maybe even winning the franchise’s first World Series title since 1948. This year, they actually mean it. A new manager in Terry Francona, who owns two World Series rings, and one of the busiest offseasons in franchise Read More…

Asdrubal Cabrera in shape and determined to finish season strong, in playoffs

Asdrubal Cabrera accomplished a rare feat the past two years. He was one of the Indians’ best players and made consecutive All-Star Games, yet he still managed to draw criticism — most notably for fading down the stretch. Now in what he calls the best shape of his career, and with a legitimate supporting cast, Read More…

Local trash haulers off job in support of Youngstown strikers

Members of Repulic Waste outside their facility on Butternut Ridge in Carlisle Township. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

CARLISLE TWP. — A labor dispute between Republic Waste and the Youngstown union representing landfill workers at the Carbon-Limestone landfill has spread to Lorain County. Martin Jay, business representative and trustee for Teamsters Local 20, which represents Republic workers in Lorain County, said the union here is striking in solidarity with Teamsters Local 377. He Read More…

Witness says man yelled about God after killing at Ohio church

ASHTABULA — Witnesses say the 25-year-old man accused of walking into an Ohio church and fatally shooting his father after an Easter service Sunday was yelling about God and Allah after the killing. Police say Reshad Riddle walked into the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula and killed his father, 52-year-old Richard Riddle, Read More…

Kyrie Irving’s return doesn’t help Cavs in loss to Hornets

NEW ORLEANS — On the night their star returned to the lineup, on the night Kyrie Irving was supposed to make everything better, the same old problems resurfaced for the Cavaliers. They couldn’t defend the pick-and-roll, they left shooters open around the perimeter, they showed little effort in a dismal third quarter and were ultimately Read More…

Indians: Chemistry, pitching, key to Tribe’s success

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — We learned when we were children that the essential appendages of a well-rounded baseball team are offense, defense and pitching. Pitching, of course, is at the top of the list. A team that has no pitching has no chance. Offense is nice, especially in the American League, whose lineups include a designated Read More…