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Aug 2, 2017

Indians-Red Sox game postponed by rain

Editor’s note: Wednesday night’s game between the Indians and the Boston Red Sox was postponed by rain. It will be made up at 6:10 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Fenway Park.
Aug 2, 2017

Browns training camp snapshot (Day 6): Lineman Desmond Bryant returns to No. 1 defense

Wednesday’s developmentsBrowns veteran defensive lineman Desmond Bryant is back on track toward starting after missing the entire 2016 season with a torn pectoral muscle.Bryant appeared at tackle with the first-team defense during the sixth practice of training camp. It was the first time this summer he worked with the top unit.“He is Des Bryant, no doubt,” coach Hue Jackson said when asked if the player appears to have returned to form. “He is just another guy that needed to get in shape, get back to the grind of playing and understanding our defense because it is...
Aug 2, 2017

Sonny Gray’s Yankees debut Thursday at Cleveland

NEW YORK: Sonny Gray had something important to tell his 2½-year-old son.“Gunnar, I am not going to be playing for the A’s anymore,” the pitcher recalled. “I am going to be playing for the Yankees.”“He just says, ‘Why dad? Why?’”By Tuesday, Gunnar Gray was wearing a fresh New York Yankees cap. His dad was in uniform, throwing a bullpen in the Bronx one day after he was acquired from the Oakland Athletics for three prospects.Jaime Garcia also reported to the Yankees, two days after he was obtained from the Minnesota Twins. Gray is to make his Yankees debut on Thursday at...
Aug 2, 2017

Browns rookie Myles Garrett ascends to No. 1 defense, beats Joe Thomas with Bruce Smith watching

BEREA: The Browns removed the training wheels for Myles Garrett on Wednesday, and the rookie defensive end didn’t disappoint while his legendary mentor watched closely.Decked out in Browns gear, Hall of Famer Bruce Smith visited training camp and helped tutor the defensive linemen as Garrett received repetitions in team drills with the No. 1 base defense for the first time this summer.Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, also faced 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas for the first time, squaring off with the future Hall of Famer a handful of times and zooming around...
Aug 2, 2017

Indians place reliever Andrew Miller on DL; Josh Tomlin expected to miss six weeks

The Indians recently added Joe Smith to the bullpen, but they’ll now be without Andrew Miller for a stretch.The Indians on Wednesday placed Miller on the 10-day disabled list with patella tendonitis in his right knee. In a corresponding move, Adam Plutko was promoted to the majors from Triple-A Columbus. It’s a significant loss for the time being, with Miller remaining one of the elite relievers in baseball and the headliner from last year’s deal at the trade deadline.According to Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, this wasn’t something that recently popped up...
Aug 2, 2017

Nate Ulrich’s Browns briefing: Behind Joe Thomas, across from Myles Garrett, rookie Rod Johnson enters NFL in surreal spot

BEREA: Not many NFL players can say they’re a backup to a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Not many can say they line up across from the No. 1 overall draft pick every day in practice.But Rod Johnson can make both claims, and the rookie’s career hasn’t even really started.In his first training camp, Johnson is trying to learn the tricks of the trade at left tackle from 10-time Pro Bowl selection Joe Thomas and hold his own against rookie defensive end Myles Garrett, the top choice in this year’s draft.It’s a baptism by fire if there ever was one, though Johnson is...
Aug 2, 2017
Red Sox 12, Indians 10: Indians blow three leads, lose in ninth

Red Sox 12, Indians 10: Indians blow three leads, lose in ninth

BOSTON: Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox pulled off the final rally of a wild game Tuesday night, beating the Indians 12-10 despite an astonishing catch by center fielder Austin Jackson.In the fifth inning, Jackson robbed Hanley Ramirez of a leadoff homer with a leaping grab in the right-center triangle at Fenway Park. Jackson reached way above the wall and tumbled head over heels into the Red Sox bullpen, steadying himself by holding onto the fence with his right arm. Following a soft landing, Jackson stood up and...
Aug 1, 2017

Browns D-tackle Danny Shelton honored grandparents, lifted lava boulders on vacation he hopes will propel him to Pro Bowl

Life in Samoa moves at a slow pace. It’s quiet and relaxing with very few distractions.So when Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton rumbled across a beach and lifted lava boulders there last month while working out with trainer Pene Talamaivao, they were suddenly the main attraction for drivers on an adjacent road.“We caused a slow traffic jam because they were watching us training and they didn’t understand what we were doing out there,” Talamaivao said during a recent phone interview with the Beacon Journal. “I mean you see this big guy with a hulky body, with long hair, running...
Jul 31, 2017
Red Sox 6, Indians 2: Rafael Dever’s four hits back Doug Fister as Red Sox beat Indians

Red Sox 6, Indians 2: Rafael Dever’s four hits back Doug Fister as Red Sox beat Indians

BOSTON: Doug Fister took a shutout into the eighth inning, rookie Rafael Devers went 4-for-4 and drove in a run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Indians 6-2 on Monday night.Mookie Betts stopped his mini-slump by driving in three runs with two singles, and Eduardo Nunez added three hits and two RBI for the Red Sox, who won for the third time in nine games.Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer for AL Central-leading Indians, who lost their second in a row after a season-high nine-game winning streak.Fister (1-5), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on June 23, was pulled after giving up...
Jul 31, 2017

Browns training camp snapshot (Day 5): Hue Jackson plans to keep QB order same at least through Friday’s scrimmage

Monday’s developments• Cody Kessler continued to struggle, raising questions about how long he’ll hang onto the lead position in the quarterback rotation. Instead of making a change Tuesday when the players are off, coach Hue Jackson said he intends to keep the same QB order through Friday’s Orange and Brown scrimmage at FirstEnergy Stadium before reevaluating the position and deciding whether a shake-up is necessary. As it stands, Kessler has taken repetitions with the starters first, followed by Brock Osweiler working with the No. 2 offense, then rookie DeShone Kizer often taking...
Jul 31, 2017

Indians trade for Blue Jays reliever Joe Smith; Josh Tomlin placed on 10-day DL

The Indians made a single move at the non-waiver trade deadline, and it’s aimed at bolstering arguably baseball’s best bullpen.The Indians reached an agreement on Monday with the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Joe Smith. In exchange for Smith, the Indians are sending two prospects — left-handed pitcher Thomas Pannone of the RubberDucks and infielder Samad Taylor — to the Blue Jays.Reliever Perci Garner of the RubberDucks was designated for assignment to make room for Smith on the 40-man roster.Smith, 33, will be making a return to Cleveland after he spent parts of five...
Jul 31, 2017

Nate Ulrich’s Browns briefing: Starting free safety job Derrick Kindred’s to lose, but he won’t take it for granted after freak accident

BEREA: Derrick Kindred has a clear path to starting at free safety for the Browns.Unless you ask Kindred.“It’s not a clear path,” he said Monday before the fifth practice of training camp. “I’ve still got to come out there and prove myself. I missed the last four games of the [2016] season. I made limited plays last year. I’ve got to make more plays this year.”It might be too early to declare a winner in the competition for the starting free safety job, but Kindred clearly has a huge advantage. He’s served as the first-team free safety since camp opened, and his main...
Jul 30, 2017

Browns training camp snapshot (Day 4): Kenny Britt predicts DeShone Kizer will ‘be one of the great ones’

Sunday’s developmentsBrowns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer received a ringing endorsement from veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt.“He’s growing each day, each day,” Britt said before the fourth practice of training camp. “From [organized team activities], I could tell he was a different person. I actually asked him yesterday has the offense slowed down for him. He said, ‘Yes,’ and I could tell that he’s looking at certain things.“He’s seeing defense before the snap count, and once he lines up, he knows there’s certain things he has to do, and he’s going to be one of...
Jul 30, 2017

White Sox 3, Indians 1: White Sox snap Indians’ 9-game win streak on Matt Davidson’s homer

CHICAGO: Matt Davidson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Sunday.The win stopped the Indians’ nine-game winning streak. The White Sox had lost 14 of 15 coming into the game and traded fan favorite Melky Cabrera to Kansas City shortly before the first pitch as part of a roster overhaul.Jose Abreu got the ninth-inning rally started with a two-out double off Bryan Shaw (4-5) to set up Davidon’s heroics, the 21st home run of his rookie season.Tyler Clippard (2-6) pitched a...
Jul 30, 2017

Browns rookie Myles Garrett determined to build relationship with Bruce Smith, aspires to join him in Hall of Fame

BEREA: Myles Garrett gets it.The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft realizes how valuable legendary pass rusher Bruce Smith would be as a mentor, and the Browns rookie defensive end doesn’t want to waste an opportunity to learn from one of the greatest players in NFL history. Smith visited Garrett at his home in Arlington, Texas, to watch college game film and offer advice on draft day in late April. The meeting was set up through the NFL Players Association with input from Garrett’s mother, Audrey, who hails from the same part of Virginia as Smith.Garrett told the Beacon Journal...