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Dragons Win in Extra Innings, Stay in First Place

Lansing, Mich.—Joe Hudson’s two-run single broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 10th inning as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 5-4 in a hard-fought battle on Thursday night.  The win allowed the Dragons to remain in first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
 
The game was tied 3-3 after nine innings before Dayton’s Phillip Ervin led off the 10th with a base hit to left field.  With one out, Tanner Rahier’s infield single moved Ervin to second, and Avain Rachal walked to load the bases.  Hudson followed with a ground ball that Lansing third baseman Mitch Nay got a glove on but could not field as it continued on into shallow left field.  Both Ervin and Rahier scored on the hit to make it 5-3.
 
Lansing put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the 10th against Dragons closer Scott Brattvet, but Brattvet got a pair of ground outs and then struck out Dawel Lugo swinging to end the game and earn his seventh save.  Joel Bender (1-0) was credited with the win after one and one-third innings of relief.
 
The Dragons took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Sebastian Elizalde’s two-run home run.  It was his fifth homer of the year.  Lansing tied the game in the sixth before the Dragons regained the lead in the eighth on Rachal’s bases loaded walk.  The Lugnuts scored in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 3-3.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Amir Garrett walked the first batter in the first inning and then retired the next 14 in a row.  Lansing did not have a hit until Santiago Nessy’s infield single with two outs in the fifth.
 
Elizalde and Sammy Diaz each had two hits for Dayton as part of a nine-hit attack.
 
The Dragons have won seven of their last 10 games and improved to 23-15 on the year.
 
The Dragons meet the Lugnuts again on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Lansing in the second game of the series.  Nick Travieso (4-1, 1.59) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Tom Robson (2-3, 4.76).
 
The next Dragons home game at Fifth Third Field is Monday, May 19 against the Great Lakes Loons at 7:00 p.m. All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Dragons Win in Extra Innings, Stay in First Place

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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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