April 19, 2014

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Oportunity knocks … and knocks: Indians go 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, strand 12 in loss to Blue Jays

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana finally showed up, and the Indians still lost. Swisher and Santana, two of Cleveland’s biggest sagging offensive stars, displayed signs of life at the plate Friday night for one of the few times this season, but the Indians didn’t get enough production from the rest in a 3-2 Read More…

Rick Noland: Grading time … where are Cavs’ ‘A’ students?

Professor Noland has graded all tests and is not happy with this class, but here are final report cards for the 2013-14 Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett (4.2 ppg, .356 FG, .245 3-pt): The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft came to camp injured and out of shape and never caught up. There’s some potential Read More…

High school baseball: Westlake starts fast, slows Midview

WESTLAKE — The Demons have had a tough time getting going offensively. That wasn’t the case Friday when Westlake scored seven runs in the first three innings and staved off a Midview comeback to win 8-5 in non-conference play. Ryan Nebraska led off with a single and scored on Kent Axcell’s deep shot to the Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone dispatches Firelands quickly

HENRIETTA TWP. — With an overnight trip to Columbus for a doubleheader looming, Keystone knew it had to work fast Friday against Firelands. Senior pitcher Kendle Stiner did his part. Stiner tossed a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine, and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and four Read More…

High school softball: Midview’s offense suffers a rare off day as Central Crossing hands Middies their first loss of the year

Senior third baseman Carlee Grunda was the only Midview player with two hits. Grunda just beat out an infield single in the second inning and led off the seventh with a line-drive single to center. “(Gruen) wasn’t anything really spectacular but she was just able to hit that outside corner all day,” Grunda said. “My Read More…

Indians Notes: Jason Giambi set to leave disabled list Monday

CLEVELAND — The Indians considered activating Jason Giambi from the disabled list Sunday, but have decided on Monday instead. “We’re just trying to keep our bullpen and our team in order,” manager Terry Francona said. “If we shoot for Monday, that’ll make things a little bit easier, as far as moving forward with our team. Read More…

Tigers 7, Indians 5: Danny Salazar implodes, prevents sweep by Tribe

Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar walks back to the dugout after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Indians squandered an opportunity Thursday to issue an early season statement to the kings of the Central Division. Cleveland, which was dominated by the Detroit Tigers last year, appeared on track to completing a two-game sweep of the three-time defending division champs. Instead, it dropped a deflating 7-5 decision at Comerica Park. Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon sweeps boys, girls titles at LCAAA Invitational

Chad Allen of Avon runs in the boys 110 meter hurdles preliminaries. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Avon High cruised to a sweep Thursday at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational. The Avon boys defended their title with 130 points, outdistancing second-place Amherst (118). The Avon girls won the meet for the first time since 2009, as they topped two-time defending champ Amherst 123-103. Both Avon wins came through Read More…

Cavaliers: Dion Waiters supports coach Mike Brown, wants him to return

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Mike Brown got an endorsement from guard Dion Waiters as Cleveland players concluded exit interviews Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Forward Tristan Thompson, the only other player to talk to the media Thursday, spoke highly of Brown but was pretty much non-committal about the coach’s future. “I’d like to see Coach Read More…

College signings: North Ridgeville residents Andrew, David Dowell orally commit to Northwestern

twins sign

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ever since Andrew Dowell was born 22 minutes before his twin brother, David, they have been competing against each other. They’ve also done everything together. Their competitive fire has blossomed at St. Edward. The North Ridgeville residents have excelled on the football field, where they led the Eagles to the Division I Read More…