May 25, 2016

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District Softball: Keystone executes plan perfectly, blanks Buckeye 9-0 to advance

LAGRANGE — Jim Piazza’s philosophy is a simple one. “We talk about right now,” said Piazza, the 14-year coach at softball power Keystone. “Every game, we want to score first. The first inning is very important. If we’re home, 1-2-3 and come up and score runs, execute and then the rest of the game we’ve Read More…

Indians 13, Reds 1: Tribe piles on Cincinnati for second straight night

CLEVELAND — The Indians started scoring runs in the third inning Monday against the Reds, and didn’t stop until they had completed a two-game sweep of Cincinnati on Tuesday night. A day after plating a season-high 15 runs and a season-high 19 hits, Cleveland nearly reached the totals again, drubbing its intrastate and interleague rivals Read More…

Indians Notes: Struggling Cody Anderson optioned to Triple-A; Mike Clevinger to start in MLB debut tonight

CLEVELAND — Though the Indians still feel as though Cody Anderson is part of their future, he is no longer in their current plans after being optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. The struggling right-hander, who produced a promising rookie season last year, has gone 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA over seven games (six starts) Read More…

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Thunder-struck in first game of Western Conference Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. — Outside his locker room, first-year Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan received a round of handshakes and hugs for pulling off something no other team has this postseason. The Thunder beat the defending champs at Oracle Arena. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City dazzled in the fourth quarter the way the Warriors Read More…

Cavs, LeBron James all business as Raptors series looms

INDEPENDENCE — For the second straight day, LeBron James was ultraserious when meeting with media members Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. There was no smiling or joking. He was cooperative, as always, but when he didn’t like a question, he brushed it aside as quickly as the Cavaliers disposed of the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Read More…

Division I district softball: Elyria gets revenge on Westlake

AVON LAKE — The battle between Elizabeth Ellis’ Elyria Pioneers and Katie Lew’s Westlake Demons had a familiar feel. The two pitchers dueled on the same field last year in the district final, with Lew and the Demons taking advantage of five Elyria errors and blistering Ellis for 10 hits to end the Pioneers’ district Read More…

Division III district baseball: Fast start, strong outing from Andrew Abrahamowicz carry Elyria Catholic past Trinity

LAKEWOOD — With ace pitcher Andrew Abrahamowicz on the mound, Elyria Catholic didn’t figure to need much offense to get past Trinity in its Division III district semifinal matchup at Lakewood High School. So when the top-seeded Panthers were able to get to Trojans starter Clay Anderson for four runs in the first inning it Read More…

Division II sectional baseball: Clearview comes through for injured teammate, beats Brookside to advance to district

OBERLIN — Forget winning one for the “Gipper,” Clearview won one for the Clipper on Monday in a Division II sectional final at Oberlin College’s Dill Field. That would be Andrai Wright, the Clippers’ first baseman and clean-up hitter, who was struck in the face by a baseball in a freak pregame accident and taken Read More…

Offense saves day as Indians pound out 15-6 win over Reds

CLEVELAND — Cody Anderson still hasn’t figured out a way to keep opposing hitters in the ballpark, but the Indians’ inconsistent offense was so productive Monday night at Progressive Field that it didn’t matter. Anderson allowed two home runs in the first three innings, but Cleveland still had no problem hitting its way past Cincinnati Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Carrasco takes step toward return

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco, out with a left hamstring strain, took another step toward returning to the mound, throwing a side session prior to Monday’s series opener with Cincinnati. Manager Terry Francona said the right-hander would rest for two days before throwing another side session or a simulated game at Class A Lake County on Read More…