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Dragons Win Third Straight

LANSING — Dayton starting pitcher Nick Travieso and relievers Pedro Diaz and Zack Weiss combined to allow just three hits as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon.  The win was the Dragons second straight in the series and third straight overall.  They will try for the series sweep on Thursday night.Travieso (10-5) moved into a tie for the league lead in victories with the win.  He worked six innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.  Diaz replaced Travieso to start the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames, allowing two walks but no hits with three strikeouts.  Weiss earned his second save by working a scoreless ninth inning.  He stuck out the first two batters in the inning before allowing an infield single and then getting a grounder to shortstop to end the game.The Dragons scored all three of their runs in the top of the first inning.  Jamodrick McGruder walked to start the game and stole second.  With one out, Robert Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop as McGruder advanced to third.  Phillip Ervin’s sacrifice fly brought in McGruder to make it 1-0, and Ramirez advanced to second on the throw home.  Tanner Rahier followed with a hit to center to drive in Ramirez, and Rahier scored on Jon Matthews’ run-scoring single to make it 3-0.Lansing scored their only run in the second inning, taking advantage of a defensive letdown by the Dragons.  Dayton committed three errors in an inning for the first time this season, leading to one unearned run by the Lugnuts.  The run scored on a misplayed ground ball with the bases loaded, but Travieso was able to avoid further trouble when he got the next hitter, David Harris, to ground into an inning-ending double play with three runners aboard.  Lansing was able to advance only two runners as far as second base the rest of the day. The Dragons collected eight hits.  Matthews, who came off the disabled list before the game, went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. The Dragons (18-20) will try for the sweep against the Lugnuts (18-20) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.   Dayton’s Jackson Stephens (2-3, 4.60) will oppose Lansing’s Jeremy Gabryszwski (6-3, 4.14).   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 Third Straight

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BREWERS-REDS

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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