July 1, 2016

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(UPDATED) Browns QB Johnny Manziel will start Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals

BEREA — Quarterback Josh McCown wanted to play Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Mike Pettine wanted him to play, too. But Johnny Manziel will get the call. McCown didn’t practice Tuesday night after struggling to breathe, sleep and perform routine tasks Tuesday, opening the door for Manziel to make the start in prime Read More…

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Browns keep Joe Thomas despite discussions with Denver, make no moves at trading deadline

BEREA — Joe Thomas is still a member of the Cleveland Browns. The eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle, who’s played 8,443 straight snaps to start his career, was the subject of intense rumors as the 4 p.m. trade deadline approached, but a deal didn’t happen. In fact, the Browns didn’t make any moves despite rumors Read More…

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(UPDATED) Cardinals 34, Browns 20: Arizona dominates 2nd half, as Cleveland drops to 2-6

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Josh McCown couldn’t breathe. The line couldn’t protect him. The running game offered no relief from Arizona’s relentless blitzes. Cornerback Joe Haden and safety Donte Whitner — Pro Bowlers last year — left on back-to-back defensive plays with concussions. A 20-point spurt in the first half was trumped by a 27-point run Read More…

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Browns QB Josh McCown expected to start Sunday against Cardinals

BEREA — Beat-up Browns quarterback Josh McCown is in line to start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Which means Johnny Manziel would remain on the bench. McCown was officially listed as questionable on the injury report and coach Mike Pettine said he’s still day-to-day. But teammates expect him to start and he Read More…

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Hockey: Blue Jackets fire coach after 0-7 start, bring back Tortorella

COLUMBUS — John Tortorella is back coaching in the NHL after the Columbus Blue Jackets fired Todd Richards on Wednesday with the team off to an 0-7 start. Tortorella, who won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, has been out of hockey since the Canucks fired him in May 2014 after Read More…

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OHSAA Tournament: Toledo Notre Dame edges Wadsworth

NORWALK – Wadsworth’s girls basketball team played in its fourth straight Norwalk Division I Regional final on Saturday afternoon. And for the fourth year in a row, Toledo Notre Dame ended the Grizzlies’ postseason run in the Elite Eight. Senior point guard Christiana Jefferson scored a game-high 19 points, including two free throws in the Read More…

FBI affidavit says Browns owner knew about rebate fraud

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An FBI agent’s affidavit says a Pilot Flying J employee told authorities that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns. The 120-page document was filed Thursday in federal court in Knoxville, where Pilot is based. It identifies the employee only as Read More…

Panel overturns suspension of Browns LB Scott Fujita

BEREA – Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is eligible to play Sunday in the season opener against the Eagles after the suspension of four players was overturned this afternoon by a review panel.

Despite not practicing all week – Fujita wasn’t allowed to have contact with the team – Fujita could start. He’s in his 11th year in the NFL and would replace undrafted rookie L.J. Fort on the strong side.

“I don’t see a reason why he can’t play,” coach Pat Shurmur said.

The players had been suspended for their alleged roles in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. Fujita has maintained throughout the process he never paid a teammate to injure another player.

Commissioner Roger Goodell may still discipline the players.

The NFL issued a statement: “Consistent with the panel’s decision, Commissioner Goodell will, as directed, make an expedited determination of the discipline imposed for violating the league’s pay-for-performance/bounty rule. Until that determination is made, the four players are reinstated and eligible to play starting this weekend.”

Fujita’s suspension was for three games and he started serving it Saturday. He spent the week working out at Baldwin-Wallace University and tweeted he could hear the horns and whistles from Browns practice, which is just down the road.

Fujita, 33, missed most of the preseason with a knee injury but had returned to practice before the suspension and was preparing to start the opener. He had remained optimistic the suspension would be overturned.

Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said it would provide an emotional lift for the team.

The Browns would have to make a move to clear a space on the roster. Fujita had been on the suspended list and didn’t count against the 53-man limit.

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Indians notes: Hernandez set to make debut

CLEVELAND — It’s official. Roberto Hernandez will make his season debut Wednesday, starting against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Manager Manny Acta confirmed as much Saturday.

Hernandez served the final game of his three-week suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday, the same day he made his fourth and final minor league rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus.

The right-hander, who missed the first four months of the season while dealing with the aftermath from false identity charges, is expected to take the rotation spot of left-hander Chris Seddon.

Seddon, who was effective in his second start of the season Friday night, is out of minor league options and will have to clear waivers if he is designated for assignment. The Indians could also move him to the bullpen and option right-hander Frank Herrmann back to Columbus.

 

Still ailing

Second baseman Jason Kipnis (stiff neck) missed his third straight game, and according to Acta, will not be in the lineup today for the series finale with Boston.

It was expected to be a minor ailment for Kipnis, who will be examined by team doctors today.

 

Pronk’s prognosis

Acta said he didn’t believe Travis Hafner’s lower-back issues would end the designated hitter’s season.

Hafner was placed on the disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to Monday) and is eligible for activation Aug. 21. An MRI performed Friday revealed no structural damage, with Hafner receiving what could be the first of three epidural injections after.

Roundin’ third

MLB Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame prior to the game. Perry won the first of his two Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 1972. Cleveland also inducted Jimmy Warfield and Jack Graney into the Hall for non-uniformed personnel. Warfield was a trainer from 1965-2002, while Graney played for the Indians from 1908-22 before returning as a radio announcer from 1933-53. … Today, 1:05, STO/WTAM 1100-AM. Kluber (0-0, 6.10) vs. Lester (5-10, 5.36).

 

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Boston’s feats of Clay (Buchholz) shut down Indians

CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera had no trouble figuring out Boston’s starting pitcher Clay Buchholz. He was the only one wearing an Indians uniform who could say that.

With Cabrera managing the only two hits of the night Friday, Cleveland dropped a 3-2 decision to the Red Sox as Buchholz tossed a complete game, walking none and striking out six.

It was the second complete game of the season (fifth career) for Buchholz, who became just the seventh pitcher in history to toss a complete game at Jacobs/Progressive Field, while holding the Indians to two hits or fewer.

“That’s the best I’ve seen a guy against us, and we’ve seen some pretty good pitchers,” said Cleveland manager Manny Acta, whose team entered the night riding a two-game winning streak, but have dropped 12 of its last 14 games. “This guy, we couldn’t do anything. He was way too good. The night belonged to Buchholz.”

Buchholz (10-3, 4.24 ERA) surrendered a solo home run to Cabrera in the opening inning, with the Indians scoring their final run in the sixth on Ezequiel Carrera’s sacrifice fly.
From that point on, Buchholz retired the final 11 hitters he faced.

“He almost had you looking for a pitch you didn’t want to hit,” said Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. “He was locating his fastball and he had a good cutter. He was keeping us off balance.”

Cabrera also added a double to lead off the fourth, but was only able to advance to third after Buchholz retired the next three hitters.

“Those were the only two pitches he missed,” Cabrera said of his homer and double.

The Indians, who ended their 11-game losing streak thanks to a positive performance from starter Justin Masterson on Wednesday, got another one from left-hander Chris Seddon.

Seddon shook off a rough outing in his first start of the season Sunday to deliver a solid six-inning effort this time around, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

“I was down in the zone this time,” Seddon said. “I was able to put pitches where I wanted to more.”

“Seddon did a good job,” Acta said. “He kept us in the game.”

Boston tied the game at 4 in the fourth on a RBI single from Dustin Pedroia before Cody Ross drove in the winning runs on a two-run homer to dead center with two outs in the sixth inning.

That’s all Buchholz needed.

“It was a slider,” Seddon said of the 2-1 pitch to Ross. “I should have bounced it in the dirt. I didn’t bounce it in the dirt and he hit it.”

With Roberto Hernandez set to join Cleveland’s rotation, Seddon is expected to lose his spot in the rotation and on the 25-man roster.

Indians reliever Cody Allen didn’t allow a run over 1⅓ innings, extending his scoreless innings streak to 10⅓. It is the longest scoreless streak to begin a career with the Indians since Alex Herrera strung together 11 from Sept. 13, 2002, to July 13, 2003. Allen’s streak is the longest in the same season since Tom Waddell in 1984.

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TONIGHT

• WHO: Cleveland vs. Boston
• TIME: 6:05
• WHERE: Progressive Field
• PITCHERS: McAllister (4-4, 3.60 ERA) vs. Morales (3-2, 3.14)
• TV/RADIO: SportsTime Ohio; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM

 

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