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    Digging in on Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and the Cavs choice in the NBA Draft.

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    No. 37 in our countdown of the top 50 Ohio State players is sophomore cornerback Marcus Williamson.

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    LeBron James, presently of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will soon be choosing where he wants to play basketball next season. James has his choice of any number of teams.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James, presently of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will soon be choosing where he wants to play basketball next season. James has his choice of any number of teams, ranging from the hometown Cavaliers to the rival Golden State Warriors.

    Among the teams mentioned most in the LeBron sweepstakes are the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

    But ESPN's Stephen A. Smith mentions the Boston Celtics as a possible destination for LeBron. Imagine all the drama that could conjure with Kyrie Irving. Irving thought he had emerged from LeBron's shadow when he left Cleveland. Instead he could be plunged back into the darkness or be forced to look for another team.

    Crowquill, by Plain Dealer artist Ted Crow, appears three times a week in The Plain Dealer and on

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    Brett and Eric Potter of Madison, Alabama, are on a quest to play catch at every MLB park. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The ball that 12-year-old Brett Potter and his father, Eric, have already used to play catch at more than a dozen Major League Baseball parks is worn and dingy and has seen as many scuff marks as it has strikes in the last four years.

    But the Potters wouldn't trade it for the world.

    "We keep it in a protective case even though it's really just a dirty, nasty ball now," Eric Potter said. "But that ball is something that he'll be able to say 'when I was younger, I played catch in every stadium with my dad with that ball.'"

    Brett and Eric journeyed to Progressive Field on Saturday after an all-night drive from Atlanta where they attended a Braves vs. Padres game on Friday. The Indians accommodated them in their quest to have a father-son game of catch on the field at every MLB park. Cleveland was No. 19 on the list.

    It's a quest that began a few years back when the two were waiting in a long line outside Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

    "Out of the blue we started playing catch waiting in line to get into a ballgame and it just kept on," Eric said. "We went from stadium to stadium and just happened to have this dirty ball in there. By the time we realized we'd played at 5-10 stadiums, we said 'hey, let's just keep going.'"

    Originally from Wichita, Kansas, the Potters now make their home in Madison, Alabama. But Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals is at the top of Brett's list for obvious reasons.

    "I like it because there's a lot of space," said Brett, who was named after Royals great George Brett.

    Brett was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. He's grown up a die-hard baseball fan and has been playing since age 6. His favorite positions are second base and pitcher, and Eric says he's developed into a good hitter who plays in both a rec league and on a travel team.

    "He's very competitive," Eric said.

    As the Potters zipped their precious ball back and forth near the warning track behind the Progressive Field batting cage, Brett's competitiveness started to peek through. He fired off throw after throw at his dad, snapping the glove and snatching the return toss with flawless execution.

    "There's going to be a time when I'm too old to be able to get out and do things like this," Eric said. "That's why creating memories like this is so important."

    The Potters' quest also serves to show Brett that there's no obstacle he can't tackle in life, a lesson that all fathers would do well to impart upon their sons. It's a lesson Brett has taken to heart.

    "No challenge is too big for me because I can do anything," he said.

    The Potters have been crossing off big-league venues from their list at about 3-4 ballparks per year since Brett was 8. On Father's Day, they'll be in Pittsburgh to see the Pirates take on Cincinnati.

    And with a little luck, they'll be taking home a little bit of PNC Park's DNA with them, as they have at all of their previous stops thanks to a little tradition associated with their games of catch.

    "We actually try to hit the ground (with the ball) just so it has a scuff mark or something from every stadium or a piece of grass," Eric said. "This is the first time we've been inside the stadium and on the field. Usually it's outside the gate. We'll find a grassy spot or if not we'll find a parking lot."

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    The Cleveland Browns wanted to make some dramatic moves to send messages to players and agents how things are changing in Berea.


    When the John Dorsey front office shocked the NFL world by trading for Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and Demarious Randall on the eve of free agency, they had several things in mind.

    First was the obvious.

    The Browns needed a veteran quarterback who could start immediately -- regardless of what they did in the upcoming draft.

    By trading a third-round pick to Buffalo for Taylor, they made sure Taylor would be wearing an orange helmet in 2018. Buffalo was thinking about cutting Taylor, making him a free agent rather than paying his $16 million salary for 2018.

    If Taylor hit the open market, would he sign with Cleveland?

    Probably not if he had better options. And it's possible other teams would have been interested in the quarterback who led Buffalo to the 2017 playoffs.

    This way, the Browns had control of Taylor for one more year - and could cut ties with him after the 2018 season if a young quarterback is ready.

    Landry also had a $16 million salary coming in 2018, and Miami didn't want to pay him. Dorsey did.

    Suddenly, he had a quarterback with a 22-20 career record - and a receiver who caught exactly 400 passes in the last four years and never missed a game.

    Randall was acquired to play free safety. DeShone Kizer was traded to Green Bay for him. The Browns wanted a fresh start in the quarterback room. Kizer was emotionally worn down by his 0-15 record as a starter last season.

    Meanwhile, the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield. He can do what should have been done with Kizer a year ago -- sit and watch an experienced quarterback lead the Browns.

    New offensive coordinator Todd Haley praised Mayfield's work ethic and added, "off the field, he is a unique teammate and one I'm very excited about."

    All good.

    But Haley explained, "He has a long way to go ... It's clear Tyrod is the leader of this team."

    And that gives Mayfield time to learn and grow.


    But the Dorsey front office was doing more than adding veteran talent through trades.

    They were announcing to players and agents, "We're open for business. We're trying to win some games and we are spending money."

    While Dorsey doesn't discuss it, I know he was shocked and pleasantly surprised when contract talks between the Browns and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz broke down after the 2016 season.

    Dorsey jumped in and signed Schwartz to a five-year, $33 million deal ($15 million guaranteed) with Kansas City, where Dorsey was general manager from 2013 through the 2017 draft.

    I always thought not signing Schwartz was one of the big mistakes of the previous front office. He has played every game and every snap at right tackle since coming into the NFL in 2012 with the Browns.

    Dorsey's front office should send a thank you note to Sashi Brown each time they spend big money for a free agent. Brown's front office handed over the most salary cap room in the NFL and the most draft picks to Dorsey.

    But Dorsey knew a 1-31 record and a reluctance to hand out big contracts caused some players and agents to shy away from the Browns.

    Not everyone, as the previous front office did re-sign Jamie Collins. They extended the contracts of Christian Kirksey and Joel Bitonio. They added free agent offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter. So let's be fair. The previous front did some good things.

    The big change is Dorsey sending messages by adding veteran talent -- it's time to start winning some games, and not just two or four.

    1. The Browns signed lots of free agents, from Carlos Hyde to E.J. Gaines to T.J. Carrie to Chris Hubbard to Drew Stanton. There are others.

    2. According to, the Browns still have $71 million in salary cap space, the most in the NFL. Odds are some of the Browns free agent contracts could end up being mistakes. But the Browns have room for that because of how they set up their cap the last few years, dating back to the Joe Banner regime in 2013.

    3. The Browns also signed Landry to a five-year, $75 million extension ($34 million guaranteed).

    4. The Browns signed Duke Johnson to a three-year, $15 million deal ($7.7 million guaranteed). Going back to the extensions given Bitonio, Kirksey and even long-snapper Charley Hughlett by the previous front office, the Browns are doing a better job of keeping what Joe Thomas calls "the veteran middle class players" in Cleveland.


    "Landry catches everything."

    That's what Browns broadcaster and former player Doug Dieken told me when we chatted during the Browns mini-camp this week. It was an informal conversation, just two guys watching some pros play glorified touch football in shorts.

    I asked him what stood out. After mentioning the addition of veterans, he began to rave about Jarvis Landry.

    Everyone I talked to in Berea raved about the receiver acquired from Miami.

    I saw three of his practices ... and ... well ... he catches about everything. He is quickly developing a chemistry with Taylor.

    Josh Gordon is a flashy, physically talented receiver. Gordon said the Browns have the "best receiving corps in the league already just based on talent alone ... we're not short on talent at all."

    Way too early for that, and Taylor said as much.

    Todd Haley explained, "I'm a 'go by what I see' guy. He can have an opinion and I'm happy he does ... but that remains to be seen."

    This much is certain, Landry brings a different caliber of player to the position. He caught eight TD passes last season. The Browns' wide receivers only caught seven as a group.


    1. I have been raving about Denzel Ward. I asked Gregg Williams about the Nordonia product. Here's what the defensive coordinator said: "He has covered some awfully good guys (at Ohio State). He had had a chance to play at a very high level college ... He is one of the best press (coverage) guys that I've seen in the last few years at this level."

    2. Williams also explained Ward has already earned his spot with the starters -- so far. "I don't anoint anybody (because they are a high draft choice). Both he and Myles (Garrett in 2017) got the acceptance of everyone faster than most rookies have had."

    3. Williams was a huge backer of picking Ward. Dorsey also wanted him, the Browns rating Ward as the best non-quarterback prospect on their 2018 draft board. The debate was between Ward and N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb: "I would have loved to have had Chubb ... but he doesn't defend the deep ball well enough as a press corner ... nor does he intercept the ball well enough."

    4. Williams was partly joking, but his point was the Browns placed a higher need on adding a big-time quarterback vs. another pass rusher. They are very upbeat about Emmanuel Ogbah having a big season as the defensive end across from Garrett. That made it easier for them to pick Ward over Chubb.

    5. It's hard to judge the running backs until the summer camp, when players are tackling. That's because rookie Nick Chubb and Carlos Hyde are both inside power runners. Running backs coach Freddie Kitchens did say not to underestimate Chubb's speed: "I haven't seen anyone catch him from behind yet."

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers have been checking out Kwahi Leonard, but there is a lot of risk trading for the San Antonio Spurs star.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my notebook as the Cavaliers look ahead to Thursday's draft and some trades likely to happen:

    1. I don't know what LeBron James will do about picking a team for next year. Neither do the Cavs. I doubt James is sure. He tends to take a careful approach to free agency, watching where other key players land -- along with taking his family into consideration.

    2. As of now, the Cavs' plan is not to "blow up the team," regardless of what James decides to do. I'm talking about an extreme Philadelphia-style demolition job of aiming to lose lots of games and pile up draft picks.

    3. Even if James remains with the Cavs, they have to get somewhat younger. That was behind the series of deals General Manager Koby Altman made at the trade deadline.

    4. The acquisition of Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill operated on two levels. The first was to help the Cavs return to the NBA Finals. That happened. The trades energized James and some of the other veterans on the roster. Hill and Nance had some good moments in the playoffs. And when Hill struggled, so did the Cavs.

    5. Clarkson, Nance and Hill are all under contract for 2018-19. So they are part of the roster for next season, James or no James. Or they can be traded. It will be hard to move the 32-year-old Hill, who has $17 million on his contract for 2018-19.

    6. Nance has been drawing a lot of trade interest, but the Cavs appear to have no plans of dealing him. The Revere product is entering the final year of his rookie contract ($2.3 million). I expect the Cavs to work on a contract extension with him.

    7. Hood is a restricted free agent. It will be fascinating to see what will be the market for the 6-foot-8 guard. He had a miserable experience with the Cavs. The team believes the 25-year-old Hood could thrive with a fresh start from day one of training camp. I expect they'll give him the $3.4 million qualifying offer, meaning the Cavs will be in position to match any offer he receives from another team.

    8. Nance and Hood are 25 years old. Clarkson is 26. None of them are stars. All can be valuable players if used properly. Clarkson had problems during the playoffs, but he was a dynamic scorer in the regular season off the bench. His first 3-1/2 seasons were with the Lakers, a lousy team that never made the playoffs. This was his first experience dealing with the pressure of winning and post-season basketball.

    9. The Cavs also believe Cedi Osman can be a solid role player on a team with or without James. Osman is like Nance. He loves to defend. He has endless energy. He is unselfish. And like Nance, he has been attracting trade attention. Osman is only 23.

    10. I'm not trying to sell anyone on the fact that Cavs will be just fine if James leaves. The future Hall of Famer has carried the franchise for four years. He is the greatest player of his generation...and perhaps the greatest ever. The reason I'm writing about the current roster is because that's what we know the Cavs have to work with right now.

    11. The Cavs are one of several teams making calls to San Antonio about Kwahi Leonard. It's hard to see how they can work a deal for Leonard, who has only one year left on his contract. Reports are he wants to play for the Lakers.

    12. Teams are also trying to figure out the physical condition of the star small forward. Leonard suffered a major ankle sprain in the 2017 Western Conference Finals. Injuries continued into the 2017-18 season, as he played only nine regular season games. His main problem was a quad injury. How the injury was handled by the Spurs is part of why he wants out of San Antonio.

    13. Trading for Leonard for one year with no commitment to his future is a risk for any team. Oklahoma City did that for Paul George, shipping Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana last summer. George had a year left on his contract. He said he wants to play in L.A. Oladipo and Sabonis have helped revive the Pacers and will be part of the team for the next few years.

    14. George joined Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in OKC. The Thunder lost in the first round of the playoffs. If George leaves, what do they have to show for the trade? Any deal with the Spurs for Leonard would mean trading draft picks and younger players.

    15. Kevin Love has a $24 million deal for 2018-19 and a $25 million player option for 2019-20. That could make him attractive in a trade. But I'm not sure a Leonard/Love deal would have much interest to the Spurs, who would want multiple assets.

    16. What the Cavs' moves at the trading deadline revealed was how the front office kept a lid on the rumors. No one in the media predicted what would happen. It also showed Altman was willing to be daring.

    17. Very curious to see what the Cavs do with the No. 8 pick in the draft. I watched the entire Oklahoma/Texas Tech game that was replayed on ESPN Friday night. Trae Young is mesmerizing. His 3-point shooting and ridiculous range fits with the modern NBA. He is an excellent passer, he is also turnover prone. Really hard to pass up at No. 8.

    18. There are two top prospects named Bridges in the draft, and I like both small forwards. I favor Mikal Bridges, who led Villanova to a national title. I'm intrigued by Miles Bridges from Michigan State. I prefer Mikal because he shot .514 from the field, .435 on 3-pointers. Miles played for Tom Izzo, who has turned out a lot of good pros.

    19. The NBA seems to be dominated by point guards and shooting guards/small forwards...or wing players. I expect the Cavs to draft a point guard or wing player.

    20. Ante Zizic (part of the Kyrie Irving deal from Boston) can help in the middle. But like most NBA coaches, Tyronn Lue hesitates to play a true center. The 6-foot-11 Zizic is only 21, and he is a polished inside scorer. He shot 73 percent from the field, scoring 119 points in 214 minutes this season.

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    Plagued by slow play, the European Tour experimented with a shot clock to keep the game moving along.

    Plagued by slow play, the European Tour experimented with a shot clock to keep the game moving along. The Shot Clock Masters event was a big success and now, people want the clock to come to the PGA. Some feel the shot clock will make the PGA Tour more entertaining. Others feel the clock is unnecessary and will rush golfers into bad shots. What do you think?


    Who wants to watch golfers think for 15 minutes before taking a shot? Golf needs the shot clock so rounds can actually end at a decent hour. It was a huge success at the Australian Open where people were still shooting low rounds. There is no excuse for not having it.

    5 reasons a shot clock in golf could be a good thing

    Golf has always been a thinking person's sport. Sometimes it takes more than 50 seconds to play the game right. You need to gauge yardage, wind, slope, and club before performing the shot. A clock will only make golfers rush their decisions so they don't get penalized a stroke. That will result in bad golf. There is no need for a shot clock.

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    Carlos Carrasco is heading to the 10-day disabled list, while rookie RHP Shane Bieber is joining the Cleveland Indians for the second time this season.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Carlos Carrasco is heading to the 10-day disabled list with a sore right elbow, the Cleveland Indians announced Sunday. Rookie right-hander Shane Bieber has been recalled from Class AAA Columbus and will start the series finale against Minnesota at Progressive Field.

    "They're just going to try to get the swelling down and take care of some of the trauma," manager Terry Francona said. "He'll get a scan tomorrow at 10 a.m., and then we hope to know exactly what's going on in there. Or what isn't going on. But for the next two days he'd be treated the same anyway."

    The club also placed LHP Tyler Olson on the DL with a left latissiums dorsi strain and recalled RHP Evan Marshall from Columbus to take his place.

    "It's been bothering him for a while now and he didn't say anything and I think now he's kind of kicking himself," Francona said.

    Carrasco was struck on the elbow by a 99.6 mph line drive off the bat of Twins first baseman Joe Mauer in the second inning of Saturday's 9-3 Tribe loss. He left the game and underwent X-rays and an MRI exam.

    Carrasco (8-5, 4.24 ERA) allowed four runs on four hits before his early exit. This marks the second time since 2015 that Carrasco has gone on the DL after being struck by a line drive back to the mound. In 2016 his season ended early when Ian Kinsler's liner broke his pitching hand on Sept. 17.

    Carrasco did not require a DL stint in 2015 when he was hit in the face by a Melky Cabrera line drive.

    Bieber is 6-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 12 minor league starts this season. He made his major league debut on May 31 at Minnesota, allowing four earned runs across 5 2/3 innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Bieber dominated the Twins lineup for four innings before fading in the fifth and allowing a pair of home runs.

    Marshall (0-0, 6.75 ERA) begins his third stint with the big-league club this season, having most recently been optioned back to Columbus on June 10. He's made nine relief appearances with the Indians compiling 6 2/3 innings and allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with four walks and eight strikeouts.

    Seven of Marshall's nine outings with the Indians have been scoreless, while he has also held left-handed batters to a .200 batting average.

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    Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians face Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Here are the starting lineups for Sunday's game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

    What: Indians (36-33) vs. Twins (31-36).
    When: 1:10 p.m.
    Where: Progressive Field.
    Broadcast: SportsTime Ohio, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM.


    Francisco Lindor SS
    Michael Brantley DH
    Jose Ramirez 3B
    Edwin Encarnacion 1B
    Lonnie Chisenhall RF
    Yan Gomes C
    Tyler Naquin CF
    Erik Gonzalez 2B
    Rajai Davis LF

    Shane Bieber (0-0, 6.35) RHP


    Joe Mauer 1B
    Eddie Rosario LF
    Eduardo Escobar 3B
    Logan Morrison DH
    Brian Dozier 2B
    Robbie Grossman RF
    Max Kepler CF
    Mitch Garver C
    Ehire Adrianza SS

    Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.19) RHP

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    On this episode of the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast, Joe Vardon joins to ranks LeBron's best free agency options.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's Decision 3.0. 

    With LeBron James set to make his free agency choice in the coming weeks, there will be rumors, speculation and internet sources popping up ahead of what could be another wild, landscape-shifting NBA offseason. 

    James didn't reveal much following the Finals loss when asked about his future. He did say, however, that he is still in "championship mode" and will keep his family in mind when making this decision. 

    On this episode of the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast, Joe Vardon joins to ranks LeBron's best free agency options. We also discuss what moves the Cavaliers should consider to make their pitch more appealing, how much trade value Kevin Love has, how the team should approach the 2018 NBA Draft and whether this is LeBron's toughest decision yet. 

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    Cleveland rookie righty Shane Bieber picked up his first major league victory as the Indians defeated Minnesota, 4-1 on Father's Day.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The hits kept coming for Cleveland Indians rookie right-hander Shane Bieber, but there was no pain in his game.

    Bieber gave the Indians and manager Terry Francona exactly what they needed Sunday as the Tribe won for the first time in its last six games against the Minnesota Twins, 4-1, at Progressive Field.

    Bieber (1-0, 3.97 ERA) claimed his first big-league victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and holding the Twins to just one earned run despite allowing plenty of traffic on the base paths. He then turned things over to relievers Oliver Perez and Neil Ramirez, who got the ball to closer Cody Allen with a three-run lead in the ninth.

    Bieber became the first big league pitcher since Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco in 2014 to surrender 10 hits while pitching fewer than six innings but allowing just one earned run or fewer in a single outing.

    Perez relieved Bieber with runners on second and third and one out in the sixth. He retired Minnesota's Joe Mauer on a called third strike to end the threat and then worked a 1-2-3 seventh before giving way to Ramirez, who pitched a scoreless eighth.

    "(Perez) bounced back today after yesterday was kind of tough," Francona said. "He faced the same guys today and really did a good job. That was needed at that point of the game."

    Indians catcher Yan Gomes continued his hot month of June at the plate with a bases-loaded double off Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 4.38) in the third that scored three and put the Indians in front 4-1.

    Gomes entered Sunday's game hitting .324 with four doubles, three homers and eight RBI in 10 June starts. He's now collected a hit in 11 of his last 12 games.

    "He took a really nice swing today at the right time," Francona said. "We were looking for one big hit and that's what we got. That was the difference in the game."

    Mauer doubled against Bieber to lead off the game and scored on Eduardo Escobar's one-out RBI smash off the wall in left. But the rookie, who took a no-decision in his major league debut at Minnesota back on May 31, settled down to strike out Logan Morrison and Brian Dozier to end the frame.

    "It's nice to see anybody execute their best pitches when the game is on the line," Francona said. "Sometimes nobody on, nobody out, it's easy to let it go. But when you have to make a pitch, and you're able to make your best pitch, that bodes well for us."

    The Twins struggled with runners in scoring position all afternoon, going 1-for-10 in the game.

    Tribe center fielder Tyler Naquin extended his hitting streak to 11 games, driving in Lonnie Chisenhall with the Indians' first run on an RBI single in the second. Naquin, who missed more than a month with a sore left hamstring, has hit safely in each of his three games since returning from the disabled list.

    Chisenhall added a base ht in the fifth inning for his third multi-hit game since rejoining the Indians from the DL on June 5. Chisenhall has hit in nine of 11 games and is batting .400 (14-for-35) since his return.

    Good company

    Bieber became just the fourth pitcher in Indians history to strike out six or more batters in each of his first two big-league starts. He joins Herb Score, who did it eight times in a row as a rookie in 1955, Luis Tiant (three times in 1964) and Danny Salazar (twice in 2013).

    Snow cone and a pickle

    Bieber allowed a pair of hits in the second inning but escaped without giving up a run thanks to a web-gem by Jose Ramirez and some good fundamental defense by the Indians. Ramirez snatched a foul pop off the bat of Brian Dozier near the third base camera bay as the ball nearly popped out of the end of his glove.

    Later, the Tribe retired Minnesota's Mitch Garver in a rundown between third and home following a base hit by Ehire Adrianza. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion took a relay throw from Lonnie Chisenhall in right and threw to shortstop Francisco Lindor, who chased Garver from across the diamond.

    What it means

    Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak against Minnesota. The victory is also No. 419 for Francona as Tribe skipper, moving him into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time franchise list behind No. 5 Eric Wedge (561).

    The pitches

    Bieber threw 89 pitches, 61 (68 percent) for strikes. Odorizzi threw 106 pitches, 57 (53 percent) for strikes.

    Thanks, Dad

    The Twins and Indians drew 27,128 fans to Progressive Field on a sunny Father's Day afternoon. First pitch was at 1:11 p.m with a temperature of 88 degrees.


    Cleveland's homestand continues as the Chicago White Sox open a three-game series at Progressive Field beginning Monday. Trevor Bauer (5-5, 2.69) will face Dylan Covey (3-1, 2.29) at 7:10 p.m. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will carry the game.

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    Yan Gomes and the bottom of the Cleveland Indians batting order are carrying the Tribe offense in June.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Yan Gomes and the bottom of the Cleveland Indians batting order have carried the Tribe's offense for the last two weeks.

    The Tribe's No. 5 through No. 9 hitters collected five of the team's seven hits Sunday, including Gomes' go-ahead bases-clearing double off Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi in the third inning that lifted the club to a 4-1 victory.

    "I was swinging under a lot of pitches from him," Gomes said of Odorizzi. "That 3-2 (pitch), in my head I was just trying to chop it and stay on top of it as much as I could. It was a good pitch to hit and I was able to drive it."

    Manager Terry Francona agreed that Gomes has been hitting the ball hard in the last few weeks, and is settling into a good groove offensively.

    "He took a really nice swing today at the right time," Francona said. "We were looking for one big hit and that's what we got. That was the difference in the game."

    But the key to the bottom of the order's recent success might just lie with a guy who hits toward the top. Gomes said he communicates with No. 2 hitter Michael Brantley at every opportunity in the dugout and in the clubhouse.

    "We try to talk as much as we can when things are going well, just to sit down with him," Gomes said. "We try to simplify as much as we can, and by talking to him you're able to make adjustments throughout the game."

    Gomes is batting .317 with five doubles, three homers and 11 RBI since June 1. He says the key for him at the plate has been trying not to do too much, and not "selling out" on each at-bat.

    "At the end of the day you're the one out there, you got to try to figure out yourself to see what works," he said.

    Outfielders Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall, both of whom recently returned from the disabled list, have also boosted the bottom of the order's production.

    Naquin is riding an 11-game hitting streak and tied Sunday's contest with an RBI single in the second inning. Naquin is hitting .394 during the streak with three doubles, home run, eight RBI and six runs scored.

    Chisenhall tripled, singled and scored a pair of runs for Cleveland against Odorizzi. He's hit in nine of 11 gams since he was activated from the DL on June 5 and is hitting .389 with three doubles, three RBI and eight runs scored during that span.

    Gomes said any time the bottom of the Tribe's order can provide support to the top of the lineup, it's going to bolster Cleveland's offense.

    "Those guys are at the top of the lineup, they're going to be carrying us throughout," he said. "Just because we're at the second half of the lineup doesn't mean we're just going to rely so much on those guys. I think we have a pretty deep lineup. From top to bottom we can do some damage. From speed to just being able to get good at-bats to get on and let those guys do work."

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    Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open Sunday for the second straight year, becoming seventh player to go back-to-back.

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Brooks Koepka won a second consecutive U.S. Open on Sunday, the first player to do so since Curtis Strange in 1989.

    Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox.

    Koepka shot 16 under par last year at Erin Hills for his first major victory, winning by four shots.

    This time around, he was in a four-way tie for the lead after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills and shot 68 on a benign course for a 1-over 281 total as no player could match par.

    Koepka's birdie at the par-5 16th stretched his lead to two shots over Tommy Fleetwood, who tied the U.S. Open single-round record with a 63. Fleetwood missed an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th that would have given him the record for this tournament and tied the 62 Branden Grace shot in last year's British Open for lowest round in any major.

    Then Koepka parred 17 and had the luxury of making bogey at 18.

    The USGA admitted Saturday it had lost a handle on the course. So Shinnecock Hills was relatively tame in the final round.

    Fleetwood, who finished much earlier, wound up alone in second place at 282.

    Retief Goosen was the most recent player with a good chance of repeating since Strange did it. The South African won at Shinnecock in 2004, then led by three shots at Pinehurst the next year. But he shot 81 in the final round and Michael Campbell was the surprise winner.

    There have been 22 multiple winners since the U.S. Open first was played in 1895.

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    Check here for the final results, leaderboard for U.S. Open 2018 on Sunday, June 16. Brooks Koepka won.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Brooks Koepka won U.S. Open 2018 on Sunday, June 17, at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York. Koepka has won back-to-back U.S. Opens, the first to do so since Curtis Strange (1988-89).

    Koepka, Daniel Berger, Tony Finau and Dustin Johnson were tied for the lead at 3-over entering the final round.

    Scott Piercy, Charley Hoffman, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner and Phil Mickelson were among others who played the weekend at Shinnecock Hills.

    Mickelson shot 11-over 81 on Saturday, including a controversial 10 on the par-4 13th hole. The fiasco unfolded on Mickelson's 48th birthday.

    U.S. OPEN
    Site: Southampton, N.Y.
    Course: Shinnecock Hills GC. Yardage: 7,445. Par: 70.
    Purse: $12 million. Winner's share: $1.26 million.
    Television (all times EDT): Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (FOX).
    Defending champion: Brooks Koepka.
    Notes: Shinnecock Hills is hosting its fifth U.S. Open and fourth since 1986. It held the second U.S. Open in 1896, and then went 90 years until its next one. ... Dustin Johnson returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic. This is the second straight year he is No. 1 at the U.S. Open, ending a streak of six straight years with a different No. 1 at this major. ... Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. He has not had a top 10 in the U.S. Open since he tied for fourth at Pebble Beach in 2010. ... This is final year of Woods being exempt to the U.S. Open as a past champion. His last victory -- and last major -- was 10 years ago at Torrey Pines. ... Phil Mickelson tied for fourth and tied for second in his two previous U.S. Opens at Shinnecock Hills. ... Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 this week. ... Sergio Garcia is playing in his 19th consecutive U.S. Open, the longest active streak. ... Woods and Mickelson are among 19 players who played in the last U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
    Next year: Pebble Beach.

    (Fact box from Associated Press.)

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    Rocky River's Jillian Hollis finished second at the Symetra Tour's Forsyth Classic 2018 on Sunday, June 17, in Illinois.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Rocky River's Jillian Hollis finished second at the Symetra Tour's Forsyth Classic 2018 on Sunday, June 17, in Decatur, Ill. Hollis lost to Isi Gabsa in a sudden-death playoff that lasted four holes.

    Hollis and Gabsa finished regulation at 13-under. Hollis had an opportunity to win on the third playoff hole; her medium-range birdie putt at the par-4 18th barely missed.

    Hollis shot an 8-under 64 in the second round and was tied for third at 9-under in the 54-hole event. Nontaya Srisawang led at 12-under and Gabsa was in second at 11-under.

    Hollis made her Symetra Tour debut, which was her second tournament as a professional. Two weeks ago, she finished 62nd at U.S. Women's Open 2018.

    Hollis, 21, attended Magnificat High School and graduated from Rocky River High School. She turned pro this spring after the third of three All-American seasons at the University of Georgia.

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    Krieger goes 5-for-5 with four RBI for Akron.

    Tyler Krieger.jpgTyler Krieger 

    READING, Pennsylvania -- Tyler Krieger was a force Sunday for the Akron RubberDucks, hitting two homers and driving in four RBI while going 5-for-5.

    Unfortunately, Darick Hall and Kyle Martin each had three RBI as the Fightin' Phils scored seven runs in the sixth inning off Akron reliever Jordan Milbrath and hung on for a 10-7 victory.

    Akron was trailing, 3-0, when Krieger hit his first homer, a two-run shot to right field in the fifth inning.

    He added an RBI single in the seventh and a solo homer in the ninth.

    The RubberDucks were scrambling to rebound by that time as the Phils roughed up Milbrath in the sixth, punctuated by a three-run homer from Hall and turning a 4-3 Akron lead into a 10-4 advantage. Milbrath (0-3, 4.87 ERA) lasted only 2/3 of an inning.

    Akron's Mark Mathias was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

    RubberDucks right-hander Triston McKenzie gave up three runs, two earned, and five hits in five innings. He stuck out five and walked one.

    Go here to see a box score from the game.