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Dragons Extend Wild Card Lead with 2-0 Win

DAYTON — Dayton starting pitcher Nick Travieso and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 2-0 on Monday night.  The win gave the Dragons a lead of one and one-half games in the East Division Second Half wildcard race with seven games to play.
  Travieso (13-5) went the first six innings, allowing just three hits with no walks and five strikeouts to notch his league-leading 13th victory of the season.  The win was the 20th of Travieso’s Dragons career, extending his club record.  Over Travieso’s last eight starts, he is 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA.  
  Nolan Becker pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Dragons and Evan Mitchell worked the eighth.  Alejandro Chacin tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his 20th save.  Since July 1, Chacin ranks second in all of Minor League Baseball in saves with 15.
  The Dragons scored twice in the first inning to take an early lead.  Robert Ramirez tripled off the glove of the left field with two outs and scored on Phillip Ervin’s single to left field to get the scoring started.  Ervin stole second and scored on Tanner Rahier’s single to center to make it 2-0 and close out the scoring for the night.
  Great Lakes did not advance a runner past second base in the game.  They had runners as far as second in the sixth and seventh innings  but went 0 for 4 with men in scoring position.
  The Dragons collected just six hits.  Ramirez and Ervin each had two.
  The win marked the 12th shutout win of the season for the Dragons, their highest season total since they set a club record with 14 in 2011.   The Dragons (29-33) host the Loons (28-33) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the last game of the three-game series at Fifth Third Field.  Jackson Stephens (2-5, 4.21) will start for the Dragons against John Richy (0-0, 1.29).Dragons Extend Wild Card Lead with 2-0 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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