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Wright State Baseball Rallies for 6-4 Win Over Valparaiso

FAIRBORN -- The Wright State baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and made that hold up for a 6-4 win over Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.
Karch Kowalczyk gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second, only to see the Raiders tie it in their half of the frame as Brad Macciocchi reached second on an error and scored on a RBI single to center by Kieston Greene.
Valpo went back in front with a run in the fourth, but again WSU answered quickly, this time with two in the bottom of the fourth.  Sean Murphy walked with one out and, one out later, Greene struck again, this time with a two-run homer to left, his second of the season.
Back came the Crusaders with two in the top of the fifth and Valpo held a 4-3 advantage as Wright State came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.  A dropped foul ball with one out extended an at bat by Joe Ford and he took advantage by reaching on an infield single.  Pinch-hitter John Brodner also reached on an error, but the next batter flied out to center for the second out.
A Michael Timm hit up the middle, though, tied the game and Jeff Limbaugh followed with a two-run double to right center to give WSU a 6-4 lead.
Valparaiso picked up a double in both the eighth and ninth, but could not drive in a run as Andrew Elliott earned his 13th save of the season with three strikeouts in the ninth.  The 13 saves tie Elliott with Joe Smith (2006) and Michael Schum (2009) for the second-most saves in a season in team history, with Mark Squire's 15 in 1999 holding the record.
The win was the 30th of the season for Wright State, marking the eighth time in the last nine years that the Raiders have reached the 30-win plateau.
Following the game, the program helped raise $6,865 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation and Dayton Children's Hospital by having their heads shaved.
Greene finished with two hits and three RBI while Timm had two hits and Limbaugh two RBI for Wright State (30-19, 22-3 Horizon), which wraps up the home portion of its schedule Sunday with the final game of the Valparaiso series, starting at 1:00.  Following the game, WSU's six seniors--Taylor Braun, Ford, Greene, Joey Hoelzel, Limbaugh and Jack Murphy--will be honored.Wright State Baseball Rallies for 6-4 Win Over Valparaiso

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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