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Buckley, Ervin Lead Dragons to Big Win

Dayton, Ohio—Sean Buckley and Phillip Ervin each drove in two runs to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 5-3 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday night before a crowd of 9,088 at Fifth Third Field.  With the win, the Dragons took two-out-of-three in the series and extended their lead to a full game over West Michigan in the wildcard race. Twenty-one games remain in the “first half” season.
 
The Dragons got off to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning.  Jamodrick McGruder doubled to right-center field to start the inning, went to third on Jeff Gelalich’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field from Ervin to make it 1-0.  After Sebastian Elizalde lined a double over the head of the right fielder, Buckley blasted a home run to left field to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead.  It was Buckley’s first homer of the year and it came on the first pitch he saw after being activated from the disabled list earlier Saturday.  Buckley had not played since April 28 due to a strained oblique.
 
“It felt great, but more importantly, it felt good just to be back in the lineup and be healthy,” said Buckley.
 
The Dragons added to their lead in the third inning when McGruder singled and then scored from first on a double to the left field corner by Ervin to make it 4-0.
 
West Michigan battled back in the sixth to make it a one-run game.  Wynton Bernard reached on a throwing error by Dayton shortstop Carlton Daal to start the inning, and Javier Betancourt followed with a home run to left field to make it 4-2.  Raph Rhymes then blasted another homer to left to pull the Whitecaps to within one at 4-3.
 
The Dragons got a run back in the bottom of the eighth, getting back-to-back singles by Gelalich and Ervin followed by a run-scoring line drive hit to right by Elizalde.
 
West Michigan got a lead-off single from Ben Verlander to start the ninth but Dragons closer Scott Brattvet got a double play from the next batter and worked a scoreless inning for his league-leading eighth save.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Ismael Guillon was outstanding over the first five innings before faltering in the sixth.  He allowed no runs on three hits over the first five, but surrendered three runs in the sixth without getting an out in the inning.  His final line featured five innings of work, five hits and three runs (two earned) with one walk and five strikeouts as he earned the win to improve to 3-0.  Alejandro Chacin was outstanding in a set-up role, retiring eight of the nine batters he faced over two and two-thirds scoreless innings.
 
The Dragons collected eight hits.  McGruder, Ervin, and Elizalde each had two.
 
The Dragons improved to 27-20 with the win while West Michigan fell to 27-22.
 
The Dragons travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take start a three-game series with the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m.  Amir Garrett (0-3, 4.81) will start for the Dragons against Fort Wayne’s Kyle Lloyd (1-1, 2.10).  Other games in the series will start at 1:05 p.m. on Monday and 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday.  The next Dragons home game is Saturday, May 31 vs. Lansing 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.Buckley, Ervin Lead Dragons to Big Win

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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.

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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