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Dragons Win Big, Jump Back into First Place

Midland, Mich.—The Dayton Dragons scored seven runs in the third inning on the way to a 10-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night.  The victory lifted the Dragons (13-7) ahead of the Loons (13-8) into first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
 
Phillip Ervin and Carlton Daal led a 15-hit Dragons attack.  Ervin had two hits and four runs batted in while Daal collected three hits in the game.  Four other Dragons (Beau Amaral, Sebastian Elizalde, Sean Buckley, and Sammy Diaz) all had two hits.  The 15 hits for the Dragons were only one fewer than they collected in the entire four-game series at South Bend that ended Thursday night.
 
The third inning started when Sammy Diaz lined a double over the head of the right fielder.  Beau Amaral and Jamodrick McGruder both walked to load the bases with no one out.  Phillip Ervin lined a single to left field to bring in both Diaz and Amaral.  One batter later, Sean Buckley singled through the middle to drive in McGruder and Ervin and make it 4-0.   After Jeff Gelalich walked, Joe Hudson doubled past the center fielder to drive in two more runs.  After Carlton Daal’s single, Diaz picked up his second hit of the inning, a single to right to bring in Hudson and give the Dragons a 7-0 lead.
 
Ervin added a two-run double in the seventh and Buckley delivered a run-scoring single in the same inning to build the lead to 10-0.  The Loons scored their runs in the bottom of the seventh.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Nick Travieso (3-0) earned the win.  He worked the first five innings, allowing no runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.  Travieso lowered his earned run average to 1.23.
 
The Dragons (12-7) battle the Loons (13-7) in Midland again on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. (EDT).  Daniel Wright (0-0, 1.69) will start for Dayton against Great Lakes’ Jonathan Martinez (3-1, 2.63).  The next home game is Monday, April 28 vs. the Lansing Lugnuts at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.
 
Notes:  The Dragons lowered their league-leading team ERA to 2.52…Dragons reliever Zack Weiss tossed a scoreless ninth inning and has not allowed a run this season in 12.1 innings of work…The Dragons began the night with 19 completed games this season, and none of the 19 were against a team with a losing record.  By contrast, Great Lakes had played 20 games, 17 of which were against teams below the .500 mark.Dragons Win Big, Jump Back into First Place

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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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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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