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Dragons Earn Second Straight Win, Take 3-1 Decision

Dayton, Ohio—Starting pitcher Ismael Guillon fired six scoreless innings as the Dayton Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 3-1 on Saturday night.  The Dragons improved to 2-1 on the season with the win and dropped West Michigan to 1-2.  A crowd of 8,352 attended the game at Fifth Third Field.
 
Guillon, who led the Midwest League in both walks and strikeouts in 2013 with the Dragons, issued only one walk over his six innings of work.  He surrendered just three hits and struck out six to earn the victory.
 
The Dragons took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, getting three consecutive singles from Jeff Gelalich, Daniel Mateo, and Tanner Rahier after a lead-off walk.
 
The Whitecaps did not score until the eighth inning.  Dragons reliever Daniel Wright replaced Guillon to start the seventh and struck out all three batters he faced.  Joel Bender took over to start the eighth and gave up a pair of singles before being replaced by Alejandro Chacin with runners at second and third and one out.  Chacin walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, and Jose Zambrano followed with a hit up the middle.  One run scored on the play, but Dragons center fielder Beau Amaral threw out Curt Powell at the plate to preserve the lead.  Chacin struck out Wynton Bernard to end the threat.
 
The Dragons scored once in the bottom of the eighth on Rahier’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-1, and Chacin pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out three in the inning to earn the save.
 
The Dragons had just three hits but held on for their second straight win.  Rahier drove in two runs to lead the attack.
 
The Dragons host the Whitecaps on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to close out the series.  Amir Garrett (1-3, 6.88 with Dayton in 2013) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Austin Kubitza.  All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile AppDragons Earn Second Straight Win, Take 3-1 Decision

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

REDS-BAKER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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