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Last Update on October 06, 2015 05:33 GMT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine insists his team is making improvements and he's not planning any major changes to a disappointing defense.

San Diego rolled up 438 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Browns, who committed 12 penalties, including an offside on the final timed play, giving the Chargers a second chance to make a game-winning field goal.

Cleveland gave up 468 yards last week and missed a slew of tackles against Oakland.

Pettine had a positive meeting with his players and believes the Browns are making positive strides. He said the team is "not going to hit the panic button" after four games.

Pettine says he doesn't feel the need to get more involved with Cleveland's defense and expressed faith in coordinator Jim O'Neil.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer returned to the team Monday after serving a four-game suspension for texting to the sideline last season.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 06, 2015 20:35 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's post-season gets going tonight with the American League wild card game in New York. The Yankees, back in the playoffs after missing the last two years, are playing host to the Astros. The clubs met seven times during the season with the Astros winning four of the games. In Yankee Stadium, Houston came out on top in two of the three games.

The pitching matchup has the ace of the Astros toeing the rubber, 20-game winner Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl). The New Yorkers are countering with 12-7 Masahiro Tanaka. He has been slowed by a hamstring injury down the stretch, but before that he had emerged as the Yankees' most dependable starter.

The winner of the game advances to the American League Divisional playoffs with a date against the Royals in Kansas City Thursday night. KC manager Ned Yost has announced that Yordano Ventura will be his Game 1 starter. Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3.

The National League wild card game is tomorrow night in Pittsburgh with the Pirates taking on the Cubs. It'll be a great pitching matchup as 22-game winner Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET'-uh) gets the ball for the Cubs against 19-game winner Gerrit Cole.

The playoffs come to an end with the World Series, which could end as late as Nov. 4. The Fall Classic will start in the home of the American League team on Oct. 27.


MIAMI (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki (ee-chee-roh soo-ZOO'-kee) has signed a one-year contract to play for the Miami Marlins to try to reach the 3,000-hit milestone in the majors. Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935. He had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this year but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314. Suzuki is also a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner.

The Marlins also report that Dan Jennings is returning to his former job as general manager after moving to the dugout as manager this season. Marlins President David Samson says the search for a new manager has begun. Jennings has been with the Marlins since 2002 and is under contract through 2018.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- With the departure of president Mark Shapiro (shuh-PY'-roh) to Toronto, the Cleveland Indians have shifted their front office, promoting general manager Chris Antonetti to president of baseball operations and naming Mike Chernoff their new general manager.

Shapiro has left Cleveland after 24 seasons to take the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays. Antonetti had been the Indians GM for the past five years with Chernoff his assistant since 2010. Manager Terry Francona is slated to be back for his fourth season with the club.


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